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Old 07-14-2010, 10:20 PM   #1
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My process is to cool down the wort in the 16 quart stainless steel pot I'm using with an ice bath. Takes a few hours. What is then the best way to pour this into the primary bucket and leave the most sludge behind? A regular stainless steel strainer does not catch enough, particularly when the hops are pelletized. Is there a paper filter I can use mounted in a funnel?



 
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:25 PM   #2
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Whirlpool - ie stir the wort very fast, then let it settle for about 10 minutes. This will create a little mountain of trub in the center of the pot. Use a racking cane with tubing to syphon your wort into your fermenter by placing it near the edge of the pot to stay away from the trub. I also add a STAINLESS steel potscrubber (available at most supermarkets in the home cleaning section) to the end of the racking cane to limit pickup of stuff even more.
I don't sweat a little bit of trub in the fermenting wort - especially in a robust ale.


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Old 07-14-2010, 10:31 PM   #3
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yup, siphon it off. if you need to start a siphon but dont want to goof around, you can use a sanitized turkey baster, or an autosiphon.

 
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:49 PM   #4
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I sanitize a paint strainer bag and pour through that into the primary. Than I pull it out, drain the liquid, and toss the trub.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:23 PM   #5
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On my first brew, I tried the syphon trick from the pot to the primary, but I kept losing it with bits of stuff. This was a summer ale with rinds floating all around. I like the brute force method of just dumping into the bucket through some kind of sieve. I'll try the paint strainger, would a coffee filter work? Maybe actual fabric like an old t-shirt or a very fine plastic screen material like for re-doing screen windows?


 
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:33 PM   #6
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I used to use small muslin bags for my hops. They worked pretty good, but at 59c per hop addition they kind of worked out expensive over a long period. I then tried a false bottom and that didn't work well at all, so I returned it. I recently made one of Lil Sparky's hop blockers (about $15 in parts from Lowes) and intend to try it out for the first time in a couple of weeks.

 
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:17 AM   #7
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My lhbs has a reusable nylon type very fine mesh bag that I put the hops in to keep all of that trub out of the brew.

 
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:20 AM   #8
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I dont worry about the sludge because it falls to the bottom of the fermenter anyway and you rack above it when you bottle.
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:30 AM   #9
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i use a nylon mesh bag from my lhbs. always have, and it works great. never more than 1/2 pint sludge in the bottom of my keg, regardless what i brew

 
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:52 PM   #10
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I've seen the paint straining bag recommended on several threads, but I have to believe the sludge I encountered would go through it. Something like felt or a paper coffee filter would really do the job. What if all the sludge just got dumped from the boiling pot to the fermenter and kept there for 2 weeks, is there anything wrong with that?



 
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