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Old 12-30-2007, 03:13 AM   #1
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So I did my first AG last night, and I got frustrated trying to strain out the hops (pellet), cold break, hot break, etc. that I just poured it all in. My question is what is the best way to not transfer this to the fermenter? My boil pot is 35 quarts and has a drain spout installed about 1.5 inches from the bottom. It worked great until I hit the level of the spout with all the sediment, and then it kind of stopped. Advice, please!

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Old 12-30-2007, 03:20 AM   #2
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strain it through a paint filter bag. you can get em at lowes,hd etc,, bout $2 for 2 in the 1 gallon size or $3 for a fiver

i use the 1 gal size for hop bags in the boil just tie em with a bread twistie w the paper removed
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Old 12-30-2007, 03:25 AM   #3
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Another suggestion is to whirlpool the kettle, let it sit for 20 minutes, then siphon (with a strainer as suggested). This causes the trub to form a cone-shaped pile in the center of the pot. If you don't disturb it much, your racking will go smoother.

Others will suggest investing in a kettle with a built-in spigot or adding one to your existing kettle. I haven't added one to my 30 qt aluminum pot since the wall is so thin I worry if it will last.

I use the strainer over my autosiphon (and I use leaf hops) and I still have troubles getting a good siphon going sometimes.


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Old 12-30-2007, 03:31 AM   #4
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Old 12-30-2007, 03:48 AM   #5
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Use whole hops and a false bottom.


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Old 12-30-2007, 03:56 AM   #6
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I like the whirlpool method myself.

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Old 12-30-2007, 04:09 AM   #7
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I have a bucket net that fits on the top of the bucket and catches everything as I pour the wort into the primary...available at your local HBS.
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:26 PM   #8
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Another vote for a Hopstopper. (or a home made equivalent) Yes, I realize it may have a problem with a heavy schedule of all pellet hops. I always try to use at least a portion, usually the aroma hops, as whole leaf or plug hops. This provides a nice filter bed to help strain out the pellets. There is also some evidence that leaf/plugs give more aroma content than pellitized hops.
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:08 PM   #9
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I have a Bazooka tube in my kettle - the T-shaped one, sunggled up nice and tight to the bottom. It filters hops and break out really nicely, but it doesn't like pellet hops much. For my next batch, I'm going to experiment with a nylon mesh bag to try to contain at least some of the hop goop.

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Old 12-30-2007, 09:15 PM   #10
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That's why I won't install a spigot on my keggle.

I used to use a paint strainer wrapped around my chiller and siphon from inside the pool.

Now I'm more inclined to whirlpool, let sit 30 minutes and then siphon around the gunk.

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