You really can't "screw up" hot break or cold break, but you can skim the hot break (I do this on the lightest pilsners occasionally, but I'm not convinced it does anything); you should stop whirlpooling and let the cold break settle in the boil kettle, if you have a concern that too much of it is getting into the fermenter. I use a double mesh strainer to minimize cold break/trub carryover and have gone to a false bottom kettle with whole hops get very clear wort to start with in the fermenter. But as said above, you may very well have a pH problem arising from the makeup of your base water. Try a batch with store bought distilled water and use Bru'nwater to build the right composition of your brewing water and I bet your beer will be clear. Of course, many beers are intentionally hazy, but that's not from the pH being wrong...good luck and keep brewing!