Just Had My Clearest Beer after Boil ever

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rockytoptim

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A couple of weeks ago I bought a 200 micron Filter bag from DudaDiesel to put my hops in for my boil kettle. Tonight I hooked up my plate chiller 15 minutes before end of boil and was running hot wort through it to help sanitize and I thought why don't I run the wort through the filter bag. Once boil was complete I ran wort through chiller and straight into the fermenter. When I took sample for gravity reading I was amazed at the clarity of the wort. Plus there was almost not hop debris in the bottom of the boil kettle.

 

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ive tried something similar as I have a saltwater aquarium too and had some lying around.
 

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I went ahead and purchased a couple of bags. I plan to recirculate into one towards the end of the boil when I'm sanitizing my pump. I'm a little concerned that 200 micron would reduce hop utilization so I'm going to hold off on using it as a hop bag.
 

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We've been doing this the last four brew sessions with the 5 gallon paint filter bags from Lowes. They work awesome and are cheap enough to be disposable. We get an extra half gallon of good wort at the bottom of the keggle into our fermenter. We even went so far as to modify the dip tube to get more of the wort.

The only downside we have found is we have to monitor the bag during the recirc to avoid it becoming clogged and overfilled. We leave our spoon down in the bag and occasionally scrap the inside of the bag to push the material to the bottom of the bag. A small amount actually escapes but it is minimal. When we flameout and start cooling, we continue to recirc to the boil keggle for a couple of minutes and capture the initial cold break being formed in the bag as well. The break material forms quickly in the heat exchanger and keggle as the cold wort flows back in, but quickly clears as it is recirculated. Once it clears we begin filling the fermenter.

The upside is clear wort, and more of it, into the fermenter. And that's a good thing...
 

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