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Old 03-25-2013, 12:32 AM   #1
Oct 2012
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I recently did a brewers best amber ale kit. It's a partial mash kit, I think is the term. After I boiled all ingredients and cooled the pot, it was time for me to transfer the beer to my primary pail by using my siphon. There was a lot of gunk or trub coming through the hose. I ended up using this mesh cooking screen thing, which took me forever to transfer. Anyways, is that what a "false bottom" is used for??.. Or what can I add to my equipment to make less hassle for me when I do my next kit?.. Thx In advance

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Old 03-25-2013, 12:39 AM   #2
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Don't use your siphon. Line your pail with a 5 gallon paint strainer bag, and pour into it. Lift it out after pouring. Most/all of the gunk will be captured by the bag.

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Old 03-25-2013, 01:12 AM   #3
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Defiantly, the packs from Home Depot or Lowes do the trick, cheap too.

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Old 03-25-2013, 01:20 AM   #4
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paint strainer bag, a large kitchen strainer, or just don't bother straining it out.

it all works

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Old 03-25-2013, 01:21 AM   #5
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I use a SS kitchen strainer.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:28 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by HBngNOK View Post
Don't use your siphon.
If you're doing a full boil and don't have a valve on the kettle, a siphon is generally a much better option that lifting 5-6 gallons of liquid to pour into the fermenter.

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Old 03-25-2013, 01:31 AM   #7
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Don't worry about the hops debris and trub going into the fermenter. If you want to use a strainer and pour through a strainer you can. but you don't have to, and it'll all compact down in the end with the yeast when the beer is finished.

Brewer's Best kits are extract kits, not partial mash kits. They are pretty good, with specialty grains for steeping and extract, and make a decent beer.
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