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Is removing hops and trub from your fermenter necessary?


Jon Bloomquist • Omaha, Nebraska asks,

I was wondering if you could give us your expert opinion on whether or not you should 1) remove hops and 2) remove trub.

The only reason I can think of for removing hops is if one has a chiller that might get clogged. During racking into my keg, I also get some floating “junk” in my beer if I don’t first rack my beer from the primary fermenter into a secondary fermenter. Most of the time I just rack into my keg. Please help. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wonders about this, although my beer tastes good.

If you don’t mind the “junk” floating in your beer and you don’t reuse your yeast, then hop and trub removal are probably not necessary. For that matter, you probably don’t have
Response by Ashton Lewis.