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Old 04-11-2011, 10:05 PM   #1
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I've been brewing about a year and a half, and I have never had a whirlpool give me a nice compacted cone of trub/hop matter as I have seen in so many photos. I am using a 9 gallon ceramic coated lobster pot, I have tried whirlpooling with a brew spoon and with a wine de-gasser attached to a drill, neither has given me the results that I want, and I usually end up taking a good amount of trub into my fermenter.

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Old 04-11-2011, 10:08 PM   #2
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I'm in the same boat. It's never really worked for me, so I don't bother anymore. I often use pellet hops; maybe it only works with whole leaf? Your guess is as good as mine. It doesn't seem difficult (swirl and wait, right?), but it just doesn't work for me. Oh well.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:13 PM   #3
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Yep me to, I use pellot hops as well.

 
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:29 PM   #4
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Never gotten a good trub cone from a whirlpool. I use pellet hops and a keggle.The bottom shape on the keggle doesn't really seem too conducive to cone forming.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:37 PM   #5
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How long do you whirlpool for? I've not started yet (will be pumping wort to whirlpool on my new system), but I understand it has to go for a little while to form a nice cone. You'll also not get as good a cone if you're not cooling fast enough. The break material forms better when you cool faster.
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:02 AM   #6
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Same. With or without whirfloc it never settles into a cone, with whirfloc it never even settles, just forms 2 gallons of fluffy protein break material that laughs at me instead.

 
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:26 AM   #7
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I'm treading on controversial waters here apparently, but I don't see how this matters. All you have to do is leave your beer on the primary for about 3 weeks and you'll be able to read the paper through a pint without filtering, cold crashing, or whirlpooling.
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:31 AM   #8
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I've seen no cones either. I just put it all in the fermenter and my beer turns out fantastic.

 
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:43 AM   #9
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I'm treading on controversial waters here apparently, but I don't see how this matters. All you have to do is leave your beer on the primary for about 3 weeks and you'll be able to read the paper through a pint without filtering, cold crashing, or whirlpooling.
It's nice to not have a gallon of hop trub taking up beer space.

 
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:46 AM   #10
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I don't even try to whirlpool. I cool 5 gallons in about 17 minutes, or 10 gallons in about 30 minutes to 70 degrees and get a decent trub at the bottom of the keggle when I transfer to primary. I do find that cold crashing for a few days before bottling/kegging really precipitates all the gunk including hop pellets, and gets impressively clear beer.
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