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Old 01-25-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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Question. I used a strainer during my last batch to filter all the hops n such and fermentation went well and after the secondary sat for a bit there wasn't much trub and the beer is crystal clear during bottling. Is this a secret of the trade or is this crazy. Thoughts anyone.

 
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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Have a look at this thread, especially if you ferment in buckets.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/stra...uckets-128094/

I bought a 200 and 400 micron strainer and I've been using them for a couple months. It's been great so far; I have to use them both when I brew with a lot of hops, but my fermenters have very little trub.

I cracked open my first strained beer last week and it was great. The best part is I don't have to worry about hop bags anymore unless I'm dry hopping.

 
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:22 PM   #3
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I've been straining for about a year now,& still use hop sacks. Grain sacks for whole leaf hops. Using bot negates having to use more than one strainer,or a super fine mesh one. I use 1 large fine mesh strainer to pour chilled wort & top off into primary. Pouring in a circular motion cause the liquids to come out the bottom of the strainer like rain,improving aeration a bit. Then stir roughly 5 minutes straight to mix well & aerate a bit more. I get maybe 1/3L of trub tops. I got 51 bottles out of my last 5G batch.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:08 PM   #4
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Yeah, I've used a little strainer and that took forever so my next batch I used a 5 gall paint filter 125 microns. Although it plugged rather quickly, the after effects were remarkable. I will stick with the filtering method. Thanks to all who commented.

 
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:12 PM   #5
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You're welcome. I use a larger one since I have plastic FV's with large openings. It doesn't clog as long as I use hop/grain sacks for my hop additions.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:19 PM   #6
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I will look into the hop sacks as well.

 
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