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Title: Homebrew Fight Club: Kettle Filter Edition
Post by: galapagos jim on July 02, 2013, 04:08:04 AM
I've spent a lot of time researching kettle components lately. One area that remains somewhat unsettled for me is methods for filtering and draining the boil kettle.

Rather than me trying to get feedback about any specific method, I'm more interested in your unsolicited opinions on the topic. So I'd like to simply ask y'all smart people to tell me what you like about any given method, or more likely, combination (tag team?) of methods. Where applicable, please comment on any related factor, such as chilling hardware, pump clogging potential, kettle dimensions, etc.

Here are our contenders:
* False Bottom
* Center-pickup dip tube
* Side-pickup dip tube
* Whirlpool
* Interior screen (specify details, ex. tube or flat circle)
* Exterior screen (specify details, ex. cheesecloth or sieve)

If I missed any methods, I'm sure you'll let me know.

Aaaaaaaand... FIGHT!
Title: Re: Homebrew Fight Club: Kettle Filter Edition
Post by: ibru on July 02, 2013, 03:52:10 PM
False bottom with a center pickup tube work for me. I put my hops in big paint strainer bags. The false bottom will typically have 1/4 to 1/2 inch of material on it when I'm finished.

Bruce
Title: Re: Homebrew Fight Club: Kettle Filter Edition
Post by: joe_feist on July 02, 2013, 04:14:01 PM
I chill with an immersion chiller, stir to whirlpool and help chill, then drain off into the fermentor using a racking cane. I hold the racking cane away from the bottom and sloly loer it as the wort level drops. I'll pick-up some trub at the end of the process, but not enough to bother me; and seemingly, not enough to bother the beer.
Title: Re: Homebrew Fight Club: Kettle Filter Edition
Post by: narvin on July 02, 2013, 06:20:06 PM
I'm a big fan of the hop stopper.  It's a large, square mesh that surrounds a pickup tube going to the bottom of the kettle.  The only con I can think of is that people have had cold break clog it, so it may not be suited for use with an IC.


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Title: Re: Homebrew Fight Club: Kettle Filter Edition
Post by: In The Sand on July 02, 2013, 06:27:54 PM
Center pickup dip tube, no false bottom, immersion chiller.  I transfer everything into the fermentor, hop trub and all.  However, if you are going to run a plate chiller, you'll need something like a hop spider (http://www.stainlessbrewing.com/Hop-Spider-with-seam-welds_p_158.html) or paint strainer bag or some other product of ingenuity to keep the trub from clogging your plates.
Title: Re: Homebrew Fight Club: Kettle Filter Edition
Post by: Jimmy K on July 02, 2013, 08:21:24 PM
I have a side pickup dip tube attached to a long flexible stainless mesh tube that goes around the edge of the pot - and I whirlpool to get most trub in the center.
Title: Re: Homebrew Fight Club: Kettle Filter Edition
Post by: AmandaK on July 02, 2013, 08:56:14 PM
I'm a big fan of the hop stopper.  It's a large, square mesh that surrounds a pickup tube going to the bottom of the kettle.  The only con I can think of is that people have had cold break clog it, so it may not be suited for use with an IC.

I also use this system with a CFC and pellet hops. Best system I've used.
Title: Re: Homebrew Fight Club: Kettle Filter Edition
Post by: durschad on July 04, 2013, 05:46:43 PM
I use a side port with no screen.  Will whirlpool with the help of a pump for 15 min. then let stand for another 20-30 min. pripor to running into carboy.  I used to use a hop bag prior to having a pump because I wasn't getting a long enough whirlpool, but now I get a great cone in the middle of the kettle and as long as I start the run off slow it stays intact.  What little sediment I do get in the fermenter is just a little extra nutrient for the yeast.