Originally Posted by funkydrummer88
must you siphon off the top of the wort, or could you strain it out really quickly with a strainer?
In my experience, a strainer will catch much of the hop sludge, but break material will slip right through. Even the very fine strainers that come with some brewing funnels.
Of course it's not truly necessary to remove any of the trub from the pot, many people just dump everything into the fermenter and have no problems. Eventually everything will settle out, but I consider each transfer of beer/wort as an opportunity to greatly reduce the amount of solid material.
7Enigma, I expect you're right...I usually set my pot on a kitchen chair, which puts it at the right height for siphoning into my better bottle. It may not be perfectly level, I'll try my countertop next time.