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Jim O'Conner
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Username: Roguejim

Post Number: 633
Registered: 06-2003
Posted From: 216.239.160.71
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 12:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I keg hopped an APA with hop pellets in a knee-hi panty hose. The hose/hops apparently sunk and clogged the OUT dip tube, greatly reducing my beer flow. How do I prevent this from happening in the future?
Jim
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 4698
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.229.8
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 01:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tie the hop bag with a piece of dental floss or fishing line and close the keg lid over it (it will still seal), suspending the bag in the keg. That will prevent your problem.

(Message edited by BillPierce on February 16, 2006)
 

Jim O'Conner
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Username: Roguejim

Post Number: 634
Registered: 06-2003
Posted From: 216.239.160.71
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 02:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ingenious, Bill! I knew this leader would come in handy...I'm figuring 2-4.lb test.
Jim
 

Hophead
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Username: Hophead

Post Number: 2047
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 167.4.1.39
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 02:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

use whole hops!

try the SS tea balls for pellets, sinks to tbe bottom, and won't clog...

Prost!
 

Master B
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Username: Cwixon

Post Number: 35
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 67.149.67.117
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 03:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

wouldn't the leaves of the whole hops accumulate to the bottom and eventually clog?
I tried dry hopping for the first time last batch. I put an ounce per 5 gal. of cascade hops into the secondary. Man was it a great influence on the beer as a whole.
I'm thinking of investing in one of those tea balls hophead mentioned (whole hops can be placed in there as well, right?).
"Sometimes the most intelligent drink beer to deal with the fools that surround him"
Bush!!
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 2107
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 208.49.148.10
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 04:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

SS tea ball won't hold but about a 1/2 oz of pellet hops. Probably less whole ones. I quit using mine cause when I'd dump the hops they'd be dry in the middle. And the hinge pin on mine wasn't SS aparently. It rusted. Coulda fixed that but not the dry hops in the middle.

Dental floss on a hop bag works great. Plus if it get's too hoppy (if that's possible) you can yank the bag.
 

Hophead
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Username: Hophead

Post Number: 2054
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 167.4.1.39
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 04:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The hopballs come in different sizes, the bigger the better. Don't fill them more than 1/2 way, and pellets work better IMHO. I end up with 2 or 3 in the bottom of IPA kegs by the time it blows... :-)

When I said whole hops, I meant to use whole hops if you're trying the bag (not by themselves)...