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Old 09-23-2009, 09:37 PM   #11
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I wouldn't cut the dip tubes at all. Leave the tube on the bottom, ferment, than add co2 and push the yeast out of the keg and then secondary in the same keg almost like using a conical. But that's just me and what I'd do
I've tried that but the yeast will not all come out in a nice stream. It tends to stick to the bottom of the corney.
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:49 PM   #12
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Thanks guys.
I think I'm going to brew this weekend. I'll try to ferment in a couple of cornys with the dip tube cut and using the gray gas in qd with tube connected as a blow off.

Couple of follow up questions:

How much length should I take off the dip tube?

What is the best method of adding the Fermcap? I think I need to wait until active fermentation begins or the Fermcap will drop out of solution and be ineffective, correct?
I wouldn't cut them at all, but if you do, no more than an inch. I cut a couple of mine and wish I hadn't.

You can add the Fermcap about any time....might as well get it in ther early so you don't forget.
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:59 PM   #13
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+1 on bending the dip tube. I would shoot for about 1/2" off the bottom, you can collect the first pint during transfer for sampling or just live with a tiny amount of yeast transferred.

You can add the Fermcap right away, it will get kicked up by active fermentation and do its thing. Note: Make sure you watch your ferment, you may have to add more when things really get going.

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Old 09-24-2009, 12:23 AM   #14
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O.k....so bending the dip tubes instead of cutting...making sure to leave at least 1/2" from the bottom.

Still concerned that the Fermcap will be ineffective because it has precipitated out of solution, but we'll keep an eye on it and give it the ol' college try.

I'll update this thread as necessary after pitching.(crosses fingers)
Thanks to all who've participated.

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I did my first corny ferment for the Greenwood Rover Memorial beer. It worked like a charm. Since it was my first time, I didn't make any modifications to make transferring easier. I just racked into a new keg. I also took off the gas post and dip tube and installed a blowoff. With the help of Fermcap, I didn't even need it. I added the fermcap when I pitched the yeast and did not have any problems. I'd be interested to see how a hefeweizen will perform though...

Even without the ease of pressure transferring, I still liked it. I eventually want to make all of my fermenters cornies so I have a standard tank for everything.

Hope it works out for you!

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Old 09-24-2009, 01:01 AM   #16
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Even without the ease of pressure transferring, I still liked it. I eventually want to make all of my fermenters cornies so I have a standard tank for everything.

Hope it works out for you!
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:17 AM   #17
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Yeah, this is pretty much a green light for me to go big in my 1/2bbl Sanke. I have been waiting for this type of news forever. I'm going to hopefully try a no-chill, almost full, pressurized ferment and see how she goes. Talk about making my brewery easy.... Thanks for the info guys.

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you've got me thinking now, maybe thats what i'll do with this beast





i was thinking about selling it but since i've been reading this thread and i keep hearing about this fermcap, i might just turn this into my stainless 10g fermenter.

thanks for the idea hugh

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Yep I have a corny that won't seal right in the lid I just use it as a primary. I removed the dip tube and covered the out post opening with foil, no airlock, and added Fermcap. Works like a charm. I could do a keg-keg transfer by putting the dip tube back in and screwing on the post... I might try that next time. Hmm....

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