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Old 12-25-2012, 05:44 AM   #31
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I cut my first tube today. I used one of my cornys as a secondary fermenter and added 1.5 oz of pellet hops to an IPA. There was so much gunk in the bottom, the beer wouldn't transfer out under CO2 pressure. I pulled the tube, cut about an inch off, sanitized it and put it back in. The transfer worked fine after that. I'll just keep this keg for use as a secondary, and/or order another dip tube for normal use.
I use a silk hop bag hung off the gas tube by an o-ring no hop gunk to clog a tube.
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:25 AM   #32
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I bent all of mine up off the bottom a little by just reaching in and grabbing the dip tube and pulling towards the side of the keg. Put a little more than normal bend in it and get no yeast in your beers. I think the biggest benefit is that even when the keg kicks you don't suck yeast up into your beer lines and therefore you don't have to clean them as often. Or ever.

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Old 12-25-2012, 12:44 PM   #33
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I bent all of mine up off the bottom a little by just reaching in and grabbing the dip tube and pulling towards the side of the keg. Put a little more than normal bend in it and get no yeast in your beers. I think the biggest benefit is that even when the keg kicks you don't suck yeast up into your beer lines and therefore you don't have to clean them as often. Or ever.
For the 10-15 seconds it takes to flush a beer line, I would rather clean them.
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I did see on here once that someone made an "in-law" dip tube. They cut one in half and when it would spit foam every one would think it was empty but there was still half of a keg reserved for himself for later.

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Old 12-29-2012, 01:45 PM   #35
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For the 10-15 seconds it takes to flush a beer line, I would rather clean them.
I do flush 'em....just with beer from a fresh keg and not cleaner or sanitizer.
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I do flush 'em....just with beer from a fresh keg and not cleaner or sanitizer.
I like to flush with BLC don't want to run a fresh beer through a line of sediment I tap all kegs between 2-3 weeks to remove sediment around the dip tubes prior to hooking to the dispensing taps on my coffin. Maybe not necessary but an ounce of prevention
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That's why I said to bend the dip tube up and to the side so you don't get sediment in your beer lines in the first place. My beer lines don't see yeast or trub anymore and therefore don't require any regular cleaning or maintenance.

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