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Old 10-05-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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I want to get opinions on whether anyone has tried this or if it will work. I was thinking that since the wort is suppose to be aerated after the boil process when it's added to the carboy for fermentation, would it have a great affect or even make a difference if the wort was strained into the carboy. I feel that this would still aerate the wort and allow me to get all that I can without getting any trub in the fermenter.

 
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:56 PM   #2
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Straining is a common practice. A lot of people use sanitized 5 gallon paint strainers from their local hardware store. I've strained and not strained, doesn't seem to affect taste in the end. If its a heavily hopped beer i'll usually strain.

 
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:22 PM   #3
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I have a big kitchen strainer that fits across the bucket (although I usually need some help keeping it in place). It does a great job of straining. Once the hop particles start forming a layer it creates a natural filter to catch all those proteins and grain bits. I think it helps, at least making it easier to yeast wash, but I also don't think it's necessary.

I also use the strainer to aerate the wort. I dip the mesh about an inch into the wort and shake back and forth vigorously. Creates a huge foamy head of oxygen. I usually do that for about five minutes before pitching.

 
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:51 PM   #4
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Straining seems to work really well to aerate the wort for me. I have a big white plastic funnel, and also a strainer with a fine mesh both bought from my LHBS. I put the funnel in my carboy, place the strainer over top and pour away. I used this method this past Monday and had fermentation beginning in about 6 hours after pitching the yeast in an amber ale. Plus straining gets rid of a lot of junk that would otherwise wind up in the bottom of my carboy.

 
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:04 PM   #5
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Straining seems to work really well to aerate the wort for me. I have a big white plastic funnel, and also a strainer with a fine mesh both bought from my LHBS. I put the funnel in my carboy, place the strainer over top and pour away. I used this method this past Monday and had fermentation beginning in about 6 hours after pitching the yeast in an amber ale. Plus straining gets rid of a lot of junk that would otherwise wind up in the bottom of my carboy.
I do this as well and it works great. I believe by removing the spent hops I may avoid off flavors. IMO.

 
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:35 PM   #6
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I picked up a few mesh bags from my LHBS; I use them all the time when racking from the kettle to the primary and I'm always amazed at the tons of trub they pick up. Great aeration too

 
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:45 PM   #7
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I use a 400 micron EZ-Strainer.
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/ite...4071&catid=685

 
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:55 PM   #8
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Thanks for the input everyone. I figured it would probably work but wanted to hear from those who have had experience with it. Great ideas for me to play around with!
Cheers~

 
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:56 AM   #9
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About what I use. Was given to me by the guy that painted my house,
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