« on: January 07, 2016, 07:14:00 AM »
Draw from the bottom and clamp your hose at an angle and it will whirlpool. I'd make sure you have a dip tube. Drawing without dip tube, screen, or something could be clogging. I know from my first time trying this same thing.
I hop in a 300 micron strainer so the wort is free and clear (with the exception of proteins).
I may give this a shot. Kill the flame, let it cool a bit, add a dose of hops, start recirculating, wait, then add the second/third dose of flame out hops.
A recent Heady Topper clone was interesting. No hops in the boil - two hop shots at 60 minutes, then a flame out addition with a 20 minute pause, then a second flame out at 180F with a second 20 minute pause, then chill.
By far, this has been my best tasting double IPA. So much so that I plan on doing the same for a Pliny the Elder clone. A single heavy charge at the beginning of the boil, then flameout, 180F (or cooler), and dry hop.
The funny thing is that I have had the March pump for several years and haven't used it yet.