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douglasbarbin 06-05-2011 05:50 PM

Anyone cut the dip tube on their corny kegs?
 
I've heard that some people like to cut a small amount off the dip tube on their corny kegs. The idea is that since the tube is shorter, less trub will be sucked up into it. Does anybody here do that? I'm going to be kegging my first beer in a few weeks, and have some concerns about trub getting sucked into my beer lines. Thoughts?

Mad_Milo 06-05-2011 05:53 PM

I did this to one keg and I regret it. It leaves about a half pint or more in the keg.

It doesn't make that much of a difference unless you ferment or rush your beer into the keg.

erikpete18 06-05-2011 05:55 PM

I haven't bothered. Mine generally sit on CO2 for about 2 weeks while they carb in the cold. In that time, everything settles to the bottom. Then when its carbed, everything comes out in the first pint. Toss that down the drain and you're good to go, so long as you don't move the keg around too much.

Otherwise, if you do decide that there's still too much trub, I'd look into bending the dip tube rather than cutting it, if for no other reason than you can always bend it back later.

Yooper 06-05-2011 06:55 PM

I didn't cut mine, and I"m glad. I put the keg in the kegerator, wait a couple days, then pull off a couple ounces. As long as the keg isn't moved, that will take care of any sediment. When the keg is empty, there just a tiny bit of sludge from about 1/2" around the bottom of the diptube. No beer left at all. It works great, and I never "waste" beer.

bucfanmike 06-05-2011 06:57 PM

i agree dont cut it, let it all settle while it carbs and any trub will come out in the first pint. Then its clear beer all the way to the bottom

douglasbarbin 06-05-2011 07:23 PM

Thanks guys. I think I will leave it alone, and maybe add some gelatin finings before I rack to the keg, if clarity is a problem.

wildwest450 06-05-2011 11:43 PM

I cut all mine and love it. It only leaves 3-4 ozs (if that) in the bottom and no crud on the first couple of pours, the rest of you are naysayers.


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wildwest450 06-05-2011 11:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yooper (Post 2982155)
I didn't cut mine, and I"m glad. I put the keg in the kegerator, wait a couple days, then pull off a couple ounces. As long as the keg isn't moved, that will take care of any sediment. When the keg is empty, there just a tiny bit of sludge from about 1/2" around the bottom of the diptube. No beer left at all. It works great, and I never "waste" beer.

You pour off a few ounces and I leave a few in the bottom, what's the difference?


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JRems 06-05-2011 11:51 PM

The only tube I cut is the gas in tube. Some are 2-3 inches long and if really full you can get beer up the gas line. I cut them all to 1" so the keg can be filled very high.

Yooper 06-05-2011 11:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wildwest450 (Post 2982651)
You pour off a few ounces and I leave a few in the bottom, what's the difference?


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It's just a matter of personal preference! When I clean a kicked keg, it's completely and totally empty except for some yeast sludge on the bottom (but none near the diptube). If I toss the first three ounces, and I'm happy with it, I think that's what works for me.


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