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Old 08-21-2008, 11:38 AM   #1
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Hey guys I have been reading up on kegging since I will be kegging my next batch(an ESB). It seems like a good idea to cut about 3/4 of an inch off of the bottom of the tube to avoid sucking up sediment. So my questions are:

-Should I really cut 3/4" off my dip tube?

-Once I cut the dip tube do I need to do anything to the fresh metal at the end of the tube?

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Old 08-21-2008, 12:32 PM   #2
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There are mixed opinions on it but I don't think anyone would suggest cutting off that much. A lot of it depends on how patient you are with the fermenters. If you're the type that brews occassionaly and can leave a beer in either primary or a mix of primary/secondary for a good 4-6 weeks before kegging, you won't have much sediment in the keg at all (especially if the tail end of carboy aging is done cold).

I took about 1/4" off of most of my diptubes because they originally touched the bottom. Several people advocate bending the tube for the same purpose but I wouldn't be able to slip the tube into the keg with a bend in it. Pinlock kegs seem to have tighter clearance.

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Old 08-21-2008, 12:36 PM   #3
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The way I understand it, is that people cut the bottom off their keg;s pickup tube if they are keg conditioning the product. If you are going to force carb, then you'll be fine.

Even if you keg condition, I'd suspect that if you leave your tube long you'd be ok as long as you know that you'll likely pour out your first couple glasses of product.

I haven't done this yet, just have the kegs but no CO2 system yet. Someone else have more to say on this?

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I didn't cut mine at all and I have never had sediment. I use a sanitized nylon hopping bag tied around my racking crane when I rack. I use it both when I rack out of the primary and when I rack out of the secondary. It is easy and it relives any concern over sediment.

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The way I understand it, is that people cut the bottom off their keg;s pickup tube if they are keg conditioning the product. If you are going to force carb, then you'll be fine.

Even if you keg condition, I'd suspect that if you leave your tube long you'd be ok as long as you know that you'll likely pour out your first couple glasses of product.

I haven't done this yet, just have the kegs but no CO2 system yet. Someone else have more to say on this?
BTW... I always force carb so I never have conditioning sediment to worry about
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Alright so my goal is to try to be patient enough to left most sedement settle out so I will have as little in the keg as possible. I might try the nylon bag on my auto siphon next time around as well.

If you do cut it do you need to do anything about rust on the end that you cut?

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If you do cut it do you need to do anything about rust on the end that you cut?
No.

My beers are rarely in the fermenter for more than 3-4 wks in the summer as I have no AC or fermentation chamber, and I have little to no problem with sediment. I'd say try it a few times before you modify.
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I cut mine, FWIW.
My first couple kegs had a good bit of sediment left.
So it doesn't all go in the first pint.
This way the sediment is all in the *last* pint.

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I force carb. I don't cut my tubes. As long as you're not rushing the beer from primary to keg, you shouldn't have that much sediment...it'll blow out in teh first few ounces, and then you're golden.

if you shorten the tube, you leave more sediment in the keg. if you have any reason to move the keg, you'll likely have cloudy beer again for days until it can settle again.

IMO its the wrong solution to a simple concern.

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Alright so my goal is to try to be patient enough to left most sedement settle out so I will have as little in the keg as possible. I might try the nylon bag on my auto siphon next time around as well.

If you do cut it do you need to do anything about rust on the end that you cut?
They are stainless steel you wont get rust
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