Kettle False Bottom Demonstration

I did made a Classic American Pilsener today which used 5oz of hops. I was very patient with letting the trub settle out after whirlpooling and got some nicely clear wort. In order to get a better whirlpool I removed the chiller and let the pump go for a few more minutes.

The kettle's false bottom caked with trub

Clear wort when filtered through false bottom

The false bottom did a great job of keeping hops out of my fermenter, too, but this is approaching its limit before it plugs up. I made a Pliny the Elder clone last year with ~10oz of hops and the false bottom clogged up bad. Holes scraped for the wort to flow through would quickly plug up and i eventually gave up and poured the kettle into the fermenter.

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