I recently made a 115th Dream Hopbursted IPA extract kit from Northern Brewer this afternoon.
This is my second batch and I decided to strain the wort as I poured into primary since I read it clears the beer and helps aerate the wort. Honestly, it was a pain in the ass because there was so much plant matter- I had a pound of hops in there and had to clean my strainer out three times.
I am wondering if straining the wort was a good idea. This recipe did not call for any dryhopping in secondary, and instead used 12 oz total of hops in the last 15 min of boil + flameout (hopbursting). Should I have poured all the plant matter / gunk into primary to imbue more of a hoppy flavor during fermentation?
From what I've read on the forums, the taste doesn't really change with or without straining, so I am confident my beer will taste good. Just wondering if due to the hopburst technique, straining may not have been a good idea?
I do think straining made me add a little too much water to reach 5 gallons since there was less gunk to take up the volume, as my OG was 1.078ish and should be 1.085-1.090.
Appreciate any thoughts on this.