What am I doing wrong?? Or am I?

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alee

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:confused::confused:Just made my 4th batch of extract brew with added crystal malt and hops (some pellets and some whole both in bags). I crush the grain slightly with a rolling pin while in a ziploc bag, then put the grain in a grain bag.
I add gypsum to the water at the start (2tsp) and Irish moss (1tsp) for the last 15 minutes. For some reason, I get a really cloudy wort with a lot of flocculated light colored stuff. I cool down to 100deg after stirring and allow it to sit for a while before racking to a six gal carboy. It is impossible for me to rack without getting the flocculated stuff in my carboy. I am letting this batch settle and there's already about 2 inches of sediment. I'm going to try to re-rack it to another clean carboy and hopefully leave some of this behind.
Is this normal or am I doing something drastically wrong. Does anyone else have the same issue, or do you just ferment with the sediment in there?
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ALee
 

944play

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Totally normal. That's "cold break," mostly coagulated protein. It will drop to the bottom of the fermenter before the yeast even. If you didn't use Irish moss, a lot of that protein would stay in suspension and leave your beer hazy.

When you're going for that last 2% of beer awesomeness, maybe you should rack off the trub, or whirlpool, but it doesn't really hurt.
 
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