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Old 11-03-2012, 06:59 PM   #1
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Default Dry Hopping in a Keg using pellets

I've Dry Hopped in the secondary with great results. Perfectly clear bear after racking it off. I just tried Dry Hopping in the Keg with pellets and the beer is cloudy with hop debris. Clearly this is not the way to for me as I'll continue with Dry Hopping in the secondary from here on out.
How fix this mistake? Should I attempt to clarify with gelatin?

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Old 11-04-2012, 01:49 AM   #2
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I don't know if the gelatin would help but it would not hurt to try. What type of bag did you use when you added the hops to the keg?

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Old 11-04-2012, 01:53 AM   #3
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I'm guessing no bag? Maybe cold crash really cold and then drop in some gelatin to form a nice layer on top of the hops debris.

Otherwise, you're gonna be drinking hop chunks.

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Even if you use a bag the first couple of pours have sediment. Once all the little pieces that go through the bag pour out you will have clear beer again.

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Old 11-04-2012, 02:36 AM   #5
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It was a 5 gallon paint strainer. I've pulled off a half gallon so far and it's still cloudy. I'll try the gelatin and hope that at least partially helps.

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Rookie mistake, and ya hate to see it happen.

Dry hop with pellets in the fermenter, dry hop with bagged whole leaf in the keg...

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I sometimes dry hop in keg, with pellets using a stainless steel herb ball. Leave the keg alone for a day after you add the hops, first two or three pints are a little cloudy then it should be clear again.

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It was a 5 gallon paint strainer. I've pulled off a half gallon so far and it's still cloudy. I'll try the gelatin and hope that at least partially helps.
I think the problem is that it pulls from the bottom of the keg. Adding gelatin will just add more stuff to the bottom where you are drawing beer from.

How long did you let it settle before drawing beers off? Might want to let it settle out, draw a couple off to take care of all the settled material.
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I think the problem is that it pulls from the bottom of the keg. Adding gelatin will just add more stuff to the bottom where you are drawing beer from.

How long did you let it settle before drawing beers off? Might want to let it settle out, draw a couple off to take care of all the settled material.
It had only been a half week before I started pulling. I'll give it a week and see how it is before doing anything with it?
Btw, it's drinkable as is so not all is lost.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:21 PM   #10
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Mac & Jack's brewery here at Redmond uses hop pellets packed inside a VERY FINE mesh bag in a keg.

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