Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > How to filter break from brewpot to primary?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-31-2014, 03:39 AM   #1
Paradigm
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Dover, NH
Posts: 420
Liked 52 Times on 37 Posts
Likes Given: 28

Default How to filter break from brewpot to primary?

Hi all,

My group and I just finished our brew day for our first all grain, and it was definitely a more involved practice, but I'll be sticking with it!

We're pushing for clearer beers in the future, starting with this one, so we are wondering how you can efficiently filter out the break when transferring from the brew pot to the primary? We tried pouring it through coffee filters but the speeds were... less than desirable.

Should we not worry about it too much? We plan on cold crashing and using gelatin finings.


__________________
Keg (serving): Empty
Keg: Empty
Primary: Single hop APA
Paradigm is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 03:43 AM   #2
sandyeggoxj
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Sunshine and Big Holes
Posts: 2,777
Liked 406 Times on 297 Posts

Default

Did you whirlpool at all? How about whirlfloc? Did you use it? Are you using a siphon or a ball valve/maximizer? What kind of chiller? If immersion did you disturb it at all after rescuing target temp?


__________________
*Everything I say is fully substantiated by my own opinion

If you don't love bacon then you are letting the terrorists win!!

Want to make better beer?
Remember this: Measure, Test, Learn.
sandyeggoxj is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 03:45 AM   #3
kharper6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 315
Liked 31 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

http://www.amazon.com/Gallon-EZ-Stra...ds=beer+filter

I just bought one of these for this purpose. Not sure if it is fine enough for break material, but I'll find out next week.
kharper6 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 03:57 AM   #4
Soldevi
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 134
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Just let it settle in the brewpot before you transfer. You're going to lose some volume but if you only want the crystal clear wort it works great.
Soldevi is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 04:10 AM   #5
Terek
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Nampa, Idaho
Posts: 474
Liked 60 Times on 50 Posts
Likes Given: 27

Default

Get a weldless ball valve and mount it at the 1 gal mark on ur kettle. I didn't think it would do much, but believe me, it makes a world of difference. I got another 1/2 gal of wort and almost no trub in my fermenter, versus not getting that 1/2 gal and getting A LOT of trub when pouring. Like I said, I didn't think it would make much of a difference, but it's insane how well it works
__________________
Cottonwood Brewery
Fermenters: beer and cider
Bottled: lots of beer and cider :)
"BEER....The cause of, and solution too, all of life's problems"
Terek is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 05:13 AM   #6
acidrain
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Seattle, Washington
Posts: 1,912
Liked 162 Times on 140 Posts
Likes Given: 32

Default

Some will say it doesn't matter... pour it all in and let it settle after fermenting.
I'm in the school of keep it clean.
I have not found a filter that works at the homebrew level. The break is more of a gel that instantly clogs the screen.
Whirlpool does work. It seems to work best after the wort is cooled.
__________________
Keg #1: Brown Bomber Bourbon/Oak Vanilla Porter
Keg #2: The Bollocks ESB
Keg #3 Lawnmower APA
Fermenter: Empty
Bottled: Mjolnir Mead, Lazy Daze Hefe.
acidrain is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 07:49 AM   #7
helibrewer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
helibrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 3,681
Liked 291 Times on 248 Posts
Likes Given: 77

Default

I whirlpool then let it settle 30 minutes. After transferring to the fermenter, the last 1/2 gallon or so left in the kettle I put in a 1 gallon pitcher in the fridge and once the trub settles, add that to the fermenter.
__________________
Something is always fermenting....
"It's Bahl Hornin'"

Primary:
Brite Tank/Lagering:
Kegged: Sour Saison, Pale Ale, Aggie Ale, Firestone DBA, De Koninck Blonde
Bottled: Belgian Quad (Grand Reserve), Derangement (Belgian Dark Strong)
On Deck: Pliny the Younger
helibrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 08:08 AM   #8
FatDragon
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Wuhan, China
Posts: 985
Liked 178 Times on 134 Posts
Likes Given: 260

Default

Try to get something with a lot of surface area, like the 5-gallon paint strainer bags that a lot of people use for BIAB grainbills, and don't go too fine on the material.

A coffee filter's not going to do much good; it would take hours to drip five gallons of chilled wort through an unclogged coffee filter, and it's so fine that it'll be clogged up at the first mention of break material. A paint strainer bag (or something similar) might let a little bit of break material through, but it's going to catch a lot of it, and you can shift the bag if it's getting clogged so it drains through an unclogged portion of the fabric.

Of course, if you're letting your yeast work for three+ weeks (assuming you're making ales and not lagers), then using gelatin and cold-crashing, pre-pitch straining probably isn't all that necessary, as flocculation, gelatin, and the cold should get the majority of solids to drop out anyway.
__________________
Primary: Shoot Your Rye Out SRyePA
Bottled: RIS, Botched Session IPA, Caramel Amber Ale 1.2, Last Hop Standing APA
Coming Up: Guihua Saison, Sour Saison, (hoppy?) Wit
Hops: Kohatu, Caliente, Calypso, Ahtanum, Nelson, Azacca, Equinox, Fantasia, Huell Melon, Lemon Drop, Pacifica, Sorachi, Amarillo
No, really, vacuum seal your bulk hops.
FatDragon is offline
RM-MN Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 11:27 AM   #9
prpromin
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 233
Liked 20 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 17

Default

^ This. Be aware that if you use a paint strainer bag, you might end up a little short on volume. I don't typically strain my beer, but if I do, I end up a little short (think 1/4 gallon or less). Of course, I could probably get that back by squeezing the bag, but I never mess around with that.

Of course, clear beer comes from other techniques too. Irish moss was mentioned - also, some yeasts take forever to settle out - I'm looking at you Wyeast Kolsch. I find that a flocculant yeast, good technique - which usually does not include filtering/straining - and time in the fridge - usually results in crystal clear beer. I'd pour one for demonstration, but it's 7:30am here and I need to work today.

prpromin is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 11:51 AM   #10
mrphillips
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Lynchburg, Virginia
Posts: 765
Liked 55 Times on 43 Posts
Likes Given: 18

Default

The last beer I made, I wrapped a small section of pantyhose around the end of my hose when transferring it to the secondary. I was pleasantly surprised by all the crud that it collected...but my beer wasn't what I would call "clear" (then again, I used a pound of wheat in that batch, so that might explain my personal results).

Perhaps if you did some filtering PLUS a cold crash, you'd end up with something closer to what you want. I plan on doing this very same technique in 2 weeks with my current batch.


__________________
"Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead." - Charles Bukowski
mrphillips is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
15 Gal Brewpot, Draft Towers, Filter, etc gjabball For Sale 39 11-02-2012 04:42 PM
boil kettle filter for cold break, hops, etc? slakwhere Kettles, Mash Tuns, & Hot Liquor Tanks 22 10-18-2012 07:45 PM
Do you filter out your hot break from sterialized agar? Brewstress Fermentation & Yeast 4 01-01-2012 07:04 PM
HELP-Best way to filter Hot Break HighCountryBrewer Fermentation & Yeast 10 07-29-2011 06:13 PM
Should I filter out break material? Morganrich2 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 03-14-2011 02:41 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS