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RobbyBeers

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Hi,

I am brewing a small all-grain batch where I need to minimize the amount of trub and blowoff. I've come up with the following steps:

-Sift grains to minimize grain flour
-Use whole leaf hops
-Put a filter over siphon tip and rack to the fermenter
-Use foam control agent in the fermenter (any suggestions?)

Anything I might be missing?

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ArcaneXor

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I have significantly reduced the amount of trub by boiling my pellet hops in a large nylon pain strainer bag and doing a whirlpool, from which I siphon into my fermenter via a SS strainer. I lose about 0.3 gallons in the boil kettle that way, however. I then add Defoamer 105 to the fermenter to keep the kraeusen down.

I wouldn't sift the grains, since that will reduce your efficiency. An extended vorlauf combined with straining the wort as you lauter/sparge through a nylon bag or SS strainer will achieve the same thing without compromising efficiency.
 
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RobbyBeers

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Sound advice. Thank you.

Was wondering though...any extra care needed to keep the silicone from the de-foamer out of the bottles? Or at the right level, is it food-safe?
 
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