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Mike Kessenich (
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - 02:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hello all, I have my 1st AG batch in the new Conical (Minibrew) and have a couple observations/questions. First the observation: when you dump the trub out of the 1 inch ball valve at the bottom of the cone, it comes out real fast! Now the questions: Should I just crack the valve and dump slowly? My thought was to make it rush out so it would slide down the wall better. Also, after taking a sample from the racking port, doesn't bacteria start to grow in there that will contaminate the beer when transfering to the keg? How do you deal with this?

Bill Pierce (
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - 02:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Open the ball valve partially at first and allow the sediment to begin flowing. Adjust the flow until there is a good flow and the yeast is sloughing off the side of the cone. You want mostly sediment rather than liquid. Open or close the valve as required until there is nearly all liquid for a second, at which point you can stop. With a little practice you'll develop a feel for how much to open the valve and when to stop.

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