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Old 02-24-2013, 01:14 AM   #11
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Ah good to know. I had read that if your bag covers the diptube it can cause a lot of foaming out of the tap which is one reason I questioned this approach to dry hopping.

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Old 04-13-2013, 09:22 PM   #12
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Frick. I just dryhopped loose leaf in a keg today (Im a kegging noob) but I had put a small hop bag over the diptube before racking thinking it would work. I did the quick carb method and just tried to pour a glass. Clogged. Got a little bit of foam and it just wont come out.

Guess Im thinking I have to re-rack it? Should I just pull it out of the fridge and let it dryhopp a week room temp then rack it to a bottle bucket back to the keg? Or should I just leave it in the fridge a week and then rerack it? Im thinking fridge for a week maybe?, so it clears more and settlles better making racking possibly easier/cleaner?

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Frick. I just dryhopped loose leaf in a keg today (Im a kegging noob) but I had put a small hop bag over the diptube before racking thinking it would work. I did the quick carb method and just tried to pour a glass. Clogged. Got a little bit of foam and it just wont come out.

Guess Im thinking I have to re-rack it? Should I just pull it out of the fridge and let it dryhopp a week room temp then rack it to a bottle bucket back to the keg? Or should I just leave it in the fridge a week and then rerack it? Im thinking fridge for a week maybe?, so it clears more and settlles better making racking possibly easier/cleaner?
First, try depressurizing the keg, and removing the "out" post and diptube. It's what's clogged. Try to clear it and then try again to dispense. If you can dispense, I'd still get it out of the keg!

You can make a beer "jumper cable" with two black quick disconnects (QDs) and a length of beer line.

Trying to rack carbonated beer is a real son-of-a-gun. It foams like a real mess, so pushing it at 2 psi through the "jumper cable" set up would be far preferable if you can do it.
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:06 PM   #14
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Thanks Yooper,I dont have 2 black disconnects and pretty shure it wont clear(unclogg). I only set it at 23 psi to force carb after cold crashing then rocked it for only 5 min or so. I dont think its probably very carbonated really, it is also a2.5 gal batch in a 3 gal keg,if that makes a difference or not I dont know.

Think Im going to set it in my cool basement for a week the rerack to a bottle bucket back to the keg.Other than that seems I have no choice but to maybe try to salvage most/all the hops by a long slotted spoon then put them in a sanitized strainer bag and then also get rid of my hop bag thats tied around the diptube. Ideally I would like to do that so I dont have to move the beer back and forth to containers. Also I would put the salvaged hops back in the keg -lesson learned with that one.

How about straining it to a bottleing bucket by tilting the bottle bucket and pouring slowly (the mini keg) it down the side of the bucket,catching the hops at the same time? Then I have all the hops contained and just have to hook up a tube from the bucket spigot back to the keg? Could I then force carb again without oxidizing it? If it has some co2 in it wouldnt it be ok to strain it without a bigger risk of oxidizing had I not tried to force carb yet with almost no carbonation?

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Thanks Yooper,I dont have 2 black disconnects and pretty shure it wont clear(unclogg). I only set it at 23 psi to force carb after cold crashing then rocked it for only 5 min or so. I dont think its probably very carbonated really, it is also a2.5 gal batch in a 3 gal keg,if that makes a difference or not I dont know.

Think Im going to set it in my cool basement for a week the rerack to a bottle bucket back to the keg.Other than that seems I have no choice but to maybe try to salvage most/all the hops by a long slotted spoon then put them in a sanitized strainer bag and then also get rid of my hop bag thats tied around the diptube. Ideally I would like to do that so I dont have to move the beer back and forth to containers. Also I would put the salvaged hops back in the keg -lesson learned with that one.

How about straining it to a bottleing bucket by tilting the bottle bucket and pouring slowly (the mini keg) it down the side of the bucket,catching the hops at the same time? Then I have all the hops contained and just have to hook up a tube from the bucket spigot back to the keg? Could I then force carb again without oxidizing it? If it has some co2 in it wouldnt it be ok to strain it without a bigger risk of oxidizing had I not tried to force carb yet with almost no carbonation?
You'd be risking severe oxidation by straining/spooning/pouring.

If you don't want to take off the post and clear the obstruction, you could try siphoning but that could be a bit of a mess.
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I would definitely take off the out post and remove the dip tube and clear out the clog. From there you could use something (slotted spoon, strainer, etc) to remove the loose hops and reassemble. Like Yooper says, don't pour anything.

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I would definitely take off the out post and remove the dip tube and clear out the clog. From there you could use something (slotted spoon, strainer, etc) to remove the loose hops and reassemble. Like Yooper says, don't pour anything.
Thats exactly what I did. My small hop bag I tried using as a fiter tied around the dip tube must have bunched up at the bottem,suffocating the entry hole- I had to use a longer ladle to get it out. I got one of those skimmer utensils that barely fit in and I wish was longer but it did probably 90% of the job I just skimmed the leafhops and put them in a bigger hop bag then back to the keg.I got a nice blast of citrus from the centennials.

Only thing is I got excited about it when I hooked the gas back up @10 and forgot to purge before setting it at ten.GRRR.It was on 10 psi for about 10 min before I realized I forgot to purge,hopefully I didnt screw that up and get oxygen into it.
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