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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

Just becasue you don't use secondary doesn't mean you can't rack to a bottling bucket and bottle from that. That's what I do. So, to answer the question directly, the best way to bottle from a ...
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Is there a disadvantage to screening the flour out of my grain before mashing with BIAB?

'Is there a disadvantage to screening my grain to remove the flour before mashing?' Aside from your point about losing extract (the most important thing, really), a few things I can think of: Fine ...
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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

Cold crash to help sediment and compact yeast. Safely tip the carboy 10-15° so you can maximize beer extraction at the end of racking (I use a couple of paperbacks). Do any movement or tipping of your ...
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When to stop the whirlpool pump in an immersion whirlpool chiller?

I stop chilling my ales when the surface temp/outlet pipe is about 21 degrees C. It takes me about 40 minutes to chill 50 litres from boiling 100C down to 21C, so I guess in total I give the beer ...
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George Washington's beer recipe. Did he say "yeast"?

I think the word "Yeast" or "Yeat" or "Yest" (hard to tell from old writings) was commonly used in England (and probably America) around Washington's time. I quickly found a recipe book from England c....
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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

I like the stainless steel racking cane with the orange seal. (Steril Siphon Starter) https://www.morebeer.com/products/sterile-siphon-starter-3-5-6-65-gallon-carboy-smooth-necks.html?site_id=9 What'...
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Is it ok to tip the brewpot while racking?

It is okay, and you didn't introduce any "bad things". More than likely, you have pitched a sub-optimal or basically-reasonable quantity of yeast into wort with very little dissolved oxygen, and the ...
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Is the air glug in a conical not causing oxidation?

First of all, once you remove the trub bulb, there is no need to add another one. If you don't add another trub bulb and open the valve, how are you getting your "glub"? The idea is, attach the bulb ...
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How many times can yeast be reused?

Generally you will have few commercial brewers that will reuse it more than 5 or 6 times with out re-culturing; and re-scaling up a starter. Ignoring mutation it could theoretically last for ever, but ...
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Trub versus Lees

Wiki says that trub is German for lees. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trub_(brewing)
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What happened to all my beer?

Gratz on your second brew! This is just speculation from the limited info. Detailed steps and ingredients will help in the future. If there is actual liquid volume missing from the fermentor, then ...
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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

I use Cold Crashing with my 30L fermenter and it has significantly increased my yield whilst reducing sediment in the bottom of each bottle. If you're using a bucket or similar fermenter with a tap ...
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Clearing using finings during racking prior to bottling - will there still be enough yeast for second fermentation?

Yes and yes. Finings will generate trub, and you might want to rack the beer off it before packaging. Finings also do not remove much if any of the yeast so priming will not be a problem at all ...
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Pitching stressed yeast cake (Wit)

The esters which provide the banana aroma are only formed at the start of the fermentation, when the yeast grows and multiplies. And indeed underpitching is part of this. However, after your first ...
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Dark liquid floating in secondary fermentor

I'm reasonably certain its beer ;) Even a pale ale looks dark in a carboy when it clears. Your yeast is settling to the bottom and in that process the beer at the top is clearing. But this beer is ...
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Pressurized Ferment Yeast Harvest -- what are these layers?

Judging by the light creamy color of your yeast/trub layer, it looks like you harvested very clean yeast, with very little trub mixed in. I'm not sure where that creamy foaming comes from, as you ...
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Harvesting yeast

There are no doubt yeast cells throughout it, but if you're going to pitch from that, you should use the topmost white stuff below the liquid. All of the slurry below the liquid should be fine, but ...
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Is it possible to bottle condition without sediment?

For a quick answer for a homebrew definition of "Bottle Conditioning". No Not without a lot of extra work and or using gimmick devices. Bottle Conditioning in homebrew generally means to allow ...
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