I use fizz drops in each bottle, it just works better for me.
I'm not giving up on it. I just don't yet understand the best method to use this equipment and I don't want to waste any beer trying to figure it out. So I'm trying to figure it all out before I go back to using it.
So in reality, I open butterfly valve immediately upon pouring the wort in, then take away trub once... then leave any trub that is left behind in the conical l in there all throughout primary AND secondary, then I would empty at bottling day one or two times... Then just bottle straight from the butterfly valve. Would that make sense?
Do I need to worry about oxidation on bottling day? Meaning could I empty solids 3-4 times before bottling, or would that lead to the same issues? I just feel like 4 or so times is what it takes to get the solids completely out