FYI, this will be my first AG.. when I get all my current questions answered. I'm currently trying to get some info for a valve (in DIY section) answered. Once I get that worked out, I'll be having a bazooka screen in the MT to keep most of the unwanted stuff out of the boil kettle.
I think my question is about keeping most of the trub out of the plate chiller while cooling the wort for the fermenter. Again, there I can see the whirlpool for much of it.. maybe even tilting the kettle back to have most of it settle away from the valve. Right now I simply siphon.. and I do tilt the kettle back on an edge while stirring. That seems to get most of it settling away from the point where the auto-siphon rests. It usually comes out pretty clean.
OR..... not having done any of this, am I looking at the process totally wrong?
I'm guessing that what I'll be doing is to manually collect wort from the MT and pouring it back into the MT until it runs clear.. or as clear as I can get it. Then draining into the BK. I'm sure some of the hop additions well, as usual, add to the gunk on the bottom of the BK, even if I use a large hop sack.
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