Originally Posted by emanz1
..... My thinking on the dip tube was that it might get some of that precious wort out (without tipping) and provide some contact with copper. Am I delusional or did I pick up somewhere in all my lurking on the brewing forums that boiling wort likes, dare I say even benefits, from some contact with copper? Anyone else heard that?
I cool the wort to around 20*C (or less for lager/bottom fermenting yeast) remove the immersion wort chiller, and stir thoroughly to get a fast anti-clockwise rotation going. It is amazing how much solid material settles out in 30-60 minutes. I then start to drain the wort into my fermenter.
Very little solid matter remains suspended, and I allow it to drain down to the drain tap before I start to angle the unit forward. There is often less than 1L remaining in the bottom of the BM - depending on the weight/vol of hops used in the recipe. The unit weighs little enough to make this operation easy.
I had planned to make a dip-tube, but now I consider there to be no need. YMMV.
I have read that copper is an advantage in the distillation process
. Unless I'm mistaken, most/all? commercial beermakers and micro-breweries appear to use stainless exclusively.
Good Luck with the first brews.