Many homebrewers know this scenario:

The wort is in the settling tank and solids are precipitating out and sinking to the bottom. The layer on the bottom becomes thicker and thicker and one starts to calculate how much product will be lost when the wort is transferred.

And then then the spout is opened and the  liquid level drops and drops until it reaches the layer and the wort becomes cloudy. Yet it takes some self discipline to close the spout and leave the rest of the wort in the settling tank.

Enter the Sediment Blocker Spigot (bought at www.morebeer.com). It’s inlet screw has a half moon opening. The lower (closed) half is supposed to hold back the trub and only the clear liquid passes through the (open) upper half. So far the theory.

 

How does it perform?

I used the Sediment Blocker Spigot recently when I brewed my Traditional Bock. The sediment layer was 1.5 inches thick and I was curious how far I would be able to to decant the wort off the trub.

Installation was a breeze. The spout uses the standard bucket holes. Caveat –  it only comes with one rubber grommet. I was not quite clear if I should install it on the inside or outside, so I poached a grommet off another spout and installed one inside and one outside.

The spigot performed beautifully.

I decanted the wort off the sediment until only an imperceptible layer above the trub was left. The wort stayed clear until almost the very end. However, I could imagine that the performance depends on the thickness of the trub layer –  the thicker the trub, the more useful the spigot should be.