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How do I use the TrübTrapper?

Clean the TrübTrapper prior to use.

Place the TrübTrapper in the bottom center of your boil kettle before you fill it so the silicone gasket is in full contact with the kettle bottom and your dip tube is outside the ring. Trub is retained inside the ring, wort is collected from outside the ring.  If your dip tube is too long the Big Dipper is an excellent dip tube designed to work with the TrübTrapper.  There is no ‘top’ or ‘bottom’, so the TrübTrapper can be placed in either orientation with equal effectiveness.

Fill your kettle as usual and boil. No further interaction with the TrübTrapper is necessary until clean-up.  Note that the TrübTrapper has been developed for boil rates typical for brewing; excessively wild boil rates can cause some movement of the filter from the exact center of the kettle, but won’t affect it’s function.

At the end of the boil, whirlpool the wort to create a trub cone. You can use a variety of methods to create the whirlpool including a paddle, long handled spoon, or a dedicated whirlpool pump.  Please ensure you’ve fully sanitized the tool you are using to whirlpool with, before it comes in contact with your wort.

Whirlpool for approximately 10 minutes, then rest for 15 minutes to allow for further settling.  Experiment and use the procedure that works best for you, your system, and your brews.

Drain the wort per your normal process. When the wort level reaches the top of the TrübTrapper simply adjust your drain rate to match the flow rate through the TrübTrapper to maximize wort recovery.   A small amount of wort may remain inside the TrübTrapper after you’re finished draining, depending on your process.

A small percentage of the overall trub material will settle outside the filter ring.  This small amount which flows to the fermenter is beneficial to yeast health and your beer, but it too can be virtually eliminated if you desire, by reducing your drain rate significantly at the very end of the process.

Clean the TrübTrapper immediately after use by back flushing generously with hot water, then follow your normal cleaning process. All commonly used cleaning products and methods are acceptable for use including PBW, Easy Clean, boiling, etc…  As with other stainless equipment, do not use cleaners with chlorine.

A general tip for cleaning tough areas on boil kettles is to use Bar Keeper’s Friend or another stainless steel safe scouring powder with a stainless steel safe scouring pad.  The oxalic acid in Bar Keeper’s Friend has the added benefit of helping to passivate your kettle as well.

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