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Old 10-12-2010, 09:08 PM   #131
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When I get home from Iraq (30 days & counting) I am going to start fermenting in my kegs. I do have a couple of questions.

1) How do you remove the poppet thingy on the QD?
2) Has anyone put a new beer onto the existing yeast cake? Would it cause too much foaming?
3) I saw that some people removed the dip tube, why would you do this?
4) Is fermcap really necessary or just a nice thing to use?

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Old 10-12-2010, 09:20 PM   #132
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Thank you very much for your service.

1) no need to, I just hook up a hose to a regular gas-out QD into a half-filled container to serve as an airlock
2) I haven't done it in a corny
3) I have one extra diptube with 1" cut off that I use to transfer out, that leaves the trub behind
4) I haven't been all that impressed with FermCap. Lagers have minimal kraeusen. Ales I get between 4-4.5 Gallons of beer.

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Old 10-12-2010, 09:56 PM   #133
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+1 Thanks for your service, Josh.

I've been very pleased with the Fermcap S.

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Old 10-12-2010, 11:16 PM   #134
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I took out my dip tube so I wouldn't have to clean it.

I'm thinking of putting it back in for the next ferment and pushing to the serving keg with gas.

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Old 10-12-2010, 11:27 PM   #135
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Thanks for the replies,
I have another question, thinking about adding another batch onto the yeast cake seems to be a problematic process, seeing as how the fermentation is almost violent in a glass carboy.

Since that is probably the case, does anyone wash their yeast from a corny? Do you just dump it into a container and let it settle out?

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I think it is a good idea to wash your yeast and then use only what you need. Have you checked out mrmalty.com ? that is Jamil's website on yeast amounts for different fermentations. That could tell you how much yeast to use for each batch.

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I think it is a good idea to wash your yeast and then use only what you need. Have you checked out mrmalty.com ? that is Jamil's website on yeast amounts for different fermentations. That could tell you how much yeast to use for each batch.

Tom,
good info, and I did already know that, I guess my wording may have been wrong.

For the people that do re-use the yeast at the end, what is your method for getting it out of the keg, do you pump it out, dump it, or not worry about it?

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I just read this whole thread. This sounds like a great idea....thanks everyone.

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I did not read this entire thread but i am sure glad to see it here with 14 pages and going. I have been fermenting my 5 gal batches in kegs for about 2 years now.

The one thing i notice is i see a bunch of pictures of tubing connected to QDs then the keg....?
maybe it has been mentioned but why not just use

1/2 ID Silicone tube like the one sold on more beer. This gets placed over the gas in post and creates a good seal with the silicone tube and O-ring on the post.

And also no need to be cutting dip tubes, just pump a ton of Co2 in and corbra tap off the yeaties

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For the people that do re-use the yeast at the end, what is your method for getting it out of the keg, do you pump it out, dump it, or not worry about it?
I pump mine out after filling the keg with wash water. I find it is easier to sanitize the smaller diameter opening on the equipment than the larger keg opening. I have dumped it out before though.
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