Originally Posted by mavrick1903
I'm looking at adding a plate chiller to the eBIAB w/recirc build I'm working on now. this is my first AG rig so I'm still learning lots from y'all. I'm figureing on using a hop spider, and considering recirc through the hop spider for last hop additions. would a hop spider filter out the cold break?
Typical muslin/mesh bags will filter out most of the hop sediment and some of the protein coagulation, but not all of it. It's still best to do a whirlpool and siphon/pump from the side edge of the kettle to avoid the cone of mess in the middle. If some of that crap gets in your fermenter... no biggie it won't affect flavor much and most of the sediment will settle to the bottom with the yeast cake anyway.
If you're final product after fermentation (>2 weeks) is still off tasting/bitter/cloudy/whatever bothers you, I would recommend dropping it out with gelatin. There's a couple nice threads about it on the forums, basically:
- buy the cheap knox plain unflavored gelatin boxes
- 1 tbsp powder per 1 cup water
- heat to 170F
- let sit 10 mins
- pour into fermenter lightly mix (don't disturb sediment cake if possible)
- within 48 hours or so beer should be very clear
Hope this helps... if you have questions let me know.