I've been doing all grain batches for awhile now, and for some reason I'm having trouble with this point in the process. Here's the situation:
- My boil kettle has a false bottom with dip tube going to the center of the kettle.
- I usually use all whole loose leaf hops with no bag
- I use whirlfloc
- After cooling the wort, with hops and trub in the kettle, attempts to drain the kettle into fermenter almost always fail. I have to pour out the wort then clean the dip tube with a pipe cleaner to get all the junk out.
I have read that whole leaf hops will essentially filter out the major trub while draining to the fermenter, but I can't seem to get this action, and I can't figure out why.
Does using whirlfloc, which concentrates the trub in the center (where my dip tube is), create a problem? Maybe it's too much leaf hops (although not likely, my last batch only had 2oz. and this still happened)? Do you have to somehow get the hops to settle down before the trub settles on top of it? I do mix the wort a couple times while cooling, creating a small, mini whirlpool (helps it cool faster), which stirs up the settled hops/trub.
Any tips appreciated! Thanks.