I have been reading this forum for about two weeks and I have honestly learned as much here as from any homebrew book! Thanks!
I have purchased a basic beginning eqipment package and want to do my first brew this weekend. I thought that I would try to brew an American Cream Ale from Brewers Best to really learn the process.
I am pretty much set to go, but I had a question about straining the wort as I pour it into the primary. I bought a nice " stir paddle" with some holes in it that I think will be able to hold most of the trub back as I pour, but I still wonder if I shoud strain. I am using pellet hops along with Irish Moss and I am going to just try this first brew with single stage fermentation.
Would straining make a difference when I am using pellet hops rather than whole leaf or would it be better to just siphon the beer from the primary to the bottling bucket with some extra care? Any comments on the "whirlpool" method would be helpful as well.
I am sorry of this is such a noob question and that it is all over the place, but I just want to look at each step pretty carefully.
Thanks again for all the great insights!