Can't believe I never used an Auto-siphon before today!
I brewed batch # 3, a robust porter, after an 8+ year brewing hiatus. Fortunately, I had fewer goofs than during the previous batch. One problem I've always had is racking from the kettle without problems. This time around, I bought an Auto-siphon from the brewshop. This thing is great! However, my attempt at whirlpooling didn't go too smoothly. I chilled down below 80 degrees, then whirlpooled the spoon in a counterclockwise motion. I let it sit for perhaps 15-20 minutes then began with the Auto-siphon. Eventually, I tilted the kettle forward with a large book underneath. Next thing I know, I see a mess of hops in the bottom of the kettle and I kept trying to restart the siphon. I wound up with more liquid in the kettle than I would have liked (ie, wanted more in the fermenter). Am I not supposed to tilt the kettle when using the whirlpool method?
That said, here is my recipe:
8 # British 2-row
1.2 # Maris Otter (leftover)
1 # Crystal 60L
.75 # Chocolate malt
.25 # Black patent malt
I used leftover Target and Challenger pellets for bittering (38 IBU)
leftover Goldings plugs for flavor & aroma
Wyeast 1272 American Ale II (started with Goya Malta beverage!)
QBrew calculated the OG at 1.056 and I hit about 1.054.
I'm hoping this turns into a tasty porter. I brewed outside and it was a windy, leafy New England day...I may have wound up with some unexpected ingredients..lol