Trub or not to trub- that is the question - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Trub or not to trub- that is the question

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-08-2011, 03:32 PM   #1
boomtown25
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Biloxi, Mississippi
Posts: 322
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts



I know this has been beat to death, but want some input. I always try to leave the trub in my brew pot when filling my fermentor but it seems like I always end up pouring the majority into the carboy because I want to get all the wort as well. What are the best ways to keep the trub out or what is the consensus on what trub will do if poured into fermentor?
__________________
_____________________________________
PRIMARY 1: Amber Ale 8/20/11
PRIMARY 2: Oxyclean
PRIMARY 3: Irish Stout 7/17/11
PRIMARY 4: EMPTY
BOTTLED: Caribou Slobber 6/9/11 (Gone)
BOTTLED: Bavarian Hefweizen 6/15/11 (Gone)
BOTTLED: Warrior IPA 6/23/11 (Gone)
BOTTLED: Dunkelweizen PM 6/30/11
BOTTLED: Amarillo IPA 7/26/11
ON DECK: APA or Centennial Blonde

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 03:40 PM   #2
birvine
 
birvine's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
Cochrane, Ontario, CANADA
Posts: 1,506
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts


For the most part, I let it go into the fermenter with a limited straining with a spaghetti strainer. The rest will settle out with the yeast after a month or so.

B
__________________
Manager & Head Brewer
Swan Lane Brewery

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 03:47 PM   #3
bentonre
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
Allentown, PA
Posts: 140
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


It depends on your brew setup, but if you have a drain valve in your brew kettle, whilrpooling works really well, minimal carryover of trub into fermentor. What goes in can just settle out. I whirlpool and then drain through a CFC with no strainer and have not had clogging issues.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 03:48 PM   #4
onipar
Recipes 
 
May 2011
Tannersville, PA
Posts: 1,219
Liked 12 Times on 11 Posts


For my first brews I just poured it into the fermentor, mainly because I use hop bags, so trub was minimal.

My last batch, however, was a pumpkin ale, and I wanted to avoid having to secondary due to a huge trub. I simply lined my bucket with a grain bag (paint strainer bag from HD), and poured the wort right into the lined bucket. Then I lifted the bag out. Done.

Of course that only works if your using a bucket. Otherwise, maybe a large funnel with a mesh strainer in it.

EDIT: These are the cheapo methods for beginners that don't have big setups. I don't have any high end equipment, so it works for me.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 03:49 PM   #5
h22lude
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
h22lude's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
lincoln, ri
Posts: 2,688
Liked 177 Times on 149 Posts


I strain but it doesn't really matter. You will get trub in the primary no matter what. Straining or not straining will not change the beer. If you don't, you just have more trub on the bottom.
__________________
Up Next: Blonde Ale, German Pils
Primary: Pumpkin Spice Latte Stout
Kegged: Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point clone, Blonde Ale
Bottled: S'mores Stout, Blonde Ale

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 03:50 PM   #6
Jsmith82
 
Jsmith82's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
St. Louis, MO
Posts: 648
Liked 14 Times on 14 Posts


Trub.

**(not preaching, just preference)**

I pour everything in after a boil, it has yet to cause my beers any damage or off flavors and time packs it all down. Being careful and precise when racking to the BB and cool temperatures for the last week before bottling, I see no issues in clarity. My ales (except for the Aprihhop) have all been pretty clear after sitting for a couple months (months split between primary and bottles).

I do hear a lot of people recommending a sanitized strainer bag with successful results if you were trying to filter everything out but I've yet to try it myself. The only reason I could see myself straining a beer would be either I brewed a Kolsch or Lager and I want clarity out the #@$!, or if I were trying to harvest a yeast cake and I wanted to keep it as clean as possible before doing so.

Should be interesting though to hear more reasons and theories..
__________________
Bottled: 2012 DFH 120min IPA
Kegged: Citra Otter SMaSH IPA
Primary: Welch's Wine

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 03:52 PM   #7
Changeduser123
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
Dana Point, CA
Posts: 258
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I think there is no consensus on this one.

Whatever you decide to do, you can plan to have more wort that you can leave behind either in the pot or in the fermenter when bottling/kegging.
__________________
Mathieu

Holiday 5 cu feet red keezer

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 03:53 PM   #8
shawnbou
Zyme Lord
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
shawnbou's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2009
Austin, Texas
Posts: 541
Liked 23 Times on 21 Posts


I've tried whirlpooling and read all the threads on this site about it, but I can't seem to get it to work. Since I use an IC to cool, I don't have to worry about trub clogging my chiller, so I don't really bother with trying to whirlpool anymore. I drain the kettle valve out through a sanitized mesh strainer and catch a lot. I do sometimes have to empty the strainer out at least once before draining the last bit of wort.

But according to most, it's not a big deal if you can't get all the trub out. It will settle out.
__________________
Read my brewing blog here! myBrewHome

The cans of Leinenkugel's had masking tape on them with JOHN'S printed in ink. Amy looked around me and said, "John is protective about his beer, isn't he?"
"I put that label on there. When company comes I want them to know the Leinie's is his, not mine."
- David Wong

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 03:54 PM   #9
lovemybrew
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
easton, PA
Posts: 43

There's lots of opinions on this, and many different ways to brew. I'm using a syphon hose (because I can't lift the 5+ gallons of wort) and running the wort through a strainer that sits right on my plastic fermenter. It works pretty well for me. I attached a pic of what I use.

I used to put my hops in a muslin bag, but I was fed up with all the hops clogging my strainer, now I have a fine nylon bag for the hops. Much better for me.
And if it ends up in your fermenter, it'll settle out. when you tranfer your beer off, you can leave it behind.
Click image for larger version

Name:	acc8funnel-2T.jpg
Views:	601
Size:	9.9 KB
ID:	31397  

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2011, 04:07 PM   #10
Mpavlik22
 
Mpavlik22's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2011
Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 316
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I'm not 100% on this, but I believe some trub is needed for yeast nutrition.

I do know too much can impart off flavors.

My first few brews I ended up dumping all the trub into the fermenter. Can't say it had any negative impacts.

Currently I just whirlpool, and the trub that got transferred will settle out in the primary.
__________________
"If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail"

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trub question? cgondoli1 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 03-14-2010 01:01 AM
Trub Question DuffmanAK Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 16 12-04-2008 08:48 PM
Trub question Pivzavod Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 11-16-2008 04:03 PM
Question on trub bloomerjt07 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 01-18-2007 10:47 PM
Trub or no Trub: That is the Question treehouse Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 12-26-2006 08:32 PM


Forum Jump