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Old 02-01-2010, 05:54 PM   #1
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I currently whirlpool my wort, and just started recycling my wort from the counter flow back into the kettle to get more cold break out? I have an extra braid that I never used and was tempted to try to use it to filter out the hot/cold break and pellet hop material from getting into my fermenter. Currenty I just stop when the break material starts to go into the tube, but I am wasting quite a bit of wort even on non hoppy beers.

Whirlfloc and cold break produce a lot of material!!!

I'll probably try it anyway since I don't really have the means of making a diverter plate. Just wanted to see if anyone else does this?


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Old 02-01-2010, 05:55 PM   #2
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It will stop up with cold break and pellet hops.

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Old 02-01-2010, 06:54 PM   #3
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+1. I just don't worry about it. A little break material in the fermenter won't hurt a thing.

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Old 02-01-2010, 07:01 PM   #4
Oct 2009
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My kettle has a boil screen on the dip tube. I know it's not the same thing as a SS braid, but the only time the boil screen has clogged was when I did a pumpkin ale and had a ton of pumpkin in the kettle. I haven't tried it w/ whole hops or plugs; I use pellets in a mesh bag and have never had a problem. But if you just throw your hops in the BK & combined w/ the break, I agree w/ BargainFittings you're likely to clog the braid.

As for the break, I don't worry about getting some in my fermentor, because there are nutrients in the break that are good for your yeast, especially zinc. Heck, lately I don't even bother w/ a secondary. I'd rather not waste the beer by leaving a quart here, a quart or 2 there. I've never noticed any problems w/ my beer. I guess the only time I'd worry about getting a lot of break and hop material in my fermentor was if I was doing a really pale and/or low gravity beer.


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Old 02-02-2010, 01:28 PM   #5
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I use a braid as the filter on my BK. Only whole hops and no recirculating. Works great.

I suspect it may choke on hop pellets....

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