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Old 04-09-2008, 06:03 PM   #1
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I just brewed my first batch last night. Everything went pretty well up until I was transferring to my primary carboy. I was using a funnel with a mesh screen, which clogged up after about 1/2 gallon of wort passed through it. So I thought to myself, "This isn't working very well... I am probably supposed to wait to filter this until I transfer to secondary."

So I pour the rest through the funnel without the screen, cap it, and put it in the closet. Afterwards I came to the forums and searched... turns out I was supposed to filter it after all. What should I do? Should I leave it with the inch-thick layer of hop pellet particles in the bottom, or should I risk contamination by pouring it back through a filter?

FYI, it is a 5 gallon batch of a nut brown ale... most likely a Newcastle clone. I used a White Labs liquid yeast.

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Old 04-09-2008, 06:05 PM   #2
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Laeve it. Everything will settle out in primary, and your can leave it behind whenyou go to secondary or bottling.
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:05 PM   #3
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Don't worry about it, many people don't filter. Just be careful when racking to secondary, leave it in there for a couple weeks and you'll never know the difference.
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:14 PM   #4
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Excellent, that is a relief. So I guess when siphoning to the secondary I should just be very careful not to get the sediment from the bottom.

I have a history about being OCD with my hobbies... after this 1 batch I am already thinking about cutting the top off of an old keg I have in my storage closet and ordering a Hop Stopper.

The good news is that I am already seeing some slow bubbles in the airlock and it has only been in there for 14 hours.

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Old 04-09-2008, 07:37 PM   #5
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Tie a fine (sanitized) nylon hopping bag around your racking crane when you syphon to the secondary. It works like a charm!

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Old 04-09-2008, 08:39 PM   #6
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what is this filtering nonsense you speak of???
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:43 PM   #7
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I tried filtering just once, thought it was a messy and wasteful effort, and have not done it since. It's not really necessary.

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Old 04-09-2008, 11:24 PM   #8
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Glad it's not a big deal, I just brewed my first batch today and didn't filter it at all going into the primary! I'll just be careful when racking to the secondary to avoid pulling in any sediment.


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Old 04-09-2008, 11:30 PM   #9
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Here's a follow-up question just out of curiosity...if you use a hop bag to filter it before you go to secondary would that keep out the yeast that you need to carbonate if you are going to bottle? I haven't tried this and I probably won't, but I just want to make sure I am understanding the process.
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Old 04-10-2008, 12:21 AM   #10
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unless you are pumping through a microfilter, yeast will still be there to carbonate. The hops bag just pulls out big particles.
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