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Old 02-04-2008, 02:12 PM   #1
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I did my first 5 gallon batch over the weekend and everything went great except transferring the chilled wort from the kettle to the primary.
I poured the wort from the kettle through a large strainer into my bucket. The problem I ran into was the strainer must have clogged 3 times before I got all the wort into the bucket.

What is the easiest way to transfer the wort from the kettle to the primary?

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Old 02-04-2008, 02:15 PM   #2
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I didn't even strain my first batch. Just left the trub behind when transferring to secondary.

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Old 02-04-2008, 04:01 PM   #3
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I tried straining once and ran into the same problem. Nowadays, I just dump the whole thing in through a funnel and let all the detritus settle to the bottom. When I rack it to secondary, all the nasties stay behind.

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Old 02-04-2008, 11:21 PM   #4
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I have a spigot on my brewpot that lets me drain off the wort from the trub and hot break.

but its fine if some, or most, of it goes in the primary. it won't screw up your beer.
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Old 02-04-2008, 11:23 PM   #5
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You could try Whirlpooling

i've been experimenting with it, but most the time i'm just lazy and dump everything straight in
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:46 AM   #6
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Whirlpooling works nicely.

Another way to do it is to get a long nylon grain bag and pour into a bucket through that. If the bucket is your primary then you're good to go. Otherwise if you're using a carboy for primary, use a bottling bucket and drain into the carboy. This'll help with aeration too.

Straining is not necessary though.

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Old 02-05-2008, 05:32 AM   #7
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I have a stainless steel strainer that I use every batch....Ive never had it clog up before...Maybe you need a strainer with bigger holes. Im mainly worried about getting the "big" chunks out like the hops.... Everything else settles to the bottom, then I transfer to the secondary and leave it behind.
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Old 02-05-2008, 06:10 AM   #8
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Whirlpooling is by far the best way I have found. I usually use my autosiphon out of the brew pot. I spin with my brew spoon and then siphon out into the bucket.

Really though most of the junk in the brewpot stays when going to the seconadary anyways so it is really a matter of personal preference.
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Old 02-05-2008, 05:46 PM   #9
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I do the dump all technique. Let it all settle later before going to secondary. I'm on my 6th batch and seems to be working.
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