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Old 10-15-2013, 01:12 AM   #1
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Default Siphon or just dump it in?

I'm an apartment brewer and use two 20 litre pots to brew. I have been siphoning my beer into my fermenter from the pots once the wort is at fermentation temps to avoid all of the crud at the bottom. I could easily just pour the cooled wort through a strainer right into my bucket.

Does this really make a difference? Have been more of a fussy bugger than necessary all these years?

Looking to gauge general practice, not start a battle royale on the topic. Will keep my head down regardless.

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Old 10-15-2013, 01:14 AM   #2
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I don't strain or siphon, I just sort of drain most of it to the fermenter and if there is a ton of sludge in the bottom I stop when there are big chunks or tons of debris- but mostly it all goes to the fermenter.


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Old 10-15-2013, 01:17 AM   #3
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I line my fermenter with a mesh bag and dump the wort in. Then I lift the bag out and let it drain. Its amazing how much crud you will collect. I'm happy with the results.
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:37 AM   #4
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Dumping the wort in thru a strainer will mix oxygen into the wort...which is a good thing before fermentation.
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:43 AM   #5
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I use the strainer method as well. Catches a lot of the garbage and gets the oxygen in there too. Solid method.
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I'm with yooper on this--just dump until I'm about to get a bunch of crap at the bottom of the kettle. Pouring helps to get more O2 into the wort (as would a strainer).
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:55 AM   #7
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Either way , dump or strain, the crap will settle out
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:56 AM   #8
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For my first 6 batches I siphoned but with this last one I just poured directly from the pot into the fermentor leaving a good portion of the hot and cold break behind. I don't know why I never thought of this before but it seems like a good idea to avoid pouring through a strainer or siphoning because those could possibly contaminate the wort.
I've never had a bad batch due to contamination but the likelihood probably goes up with each instrument you introduce after it has cooled (I do stir it around with a sanitized spoon though).

I've taken a mantra from a lot of the brewers on HBT that basically goes "brewing should be easy, so don't make it more complicated!"

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Old 10-15-2013, 02:06 AM   #9
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I'm sensing a theme here ...

Thanks for all of the input. Siphons are for kegging!
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Good advice. I am sure to sanitize the strainer before use, but that is an easily overlooked step


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