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Old 07-09-2008, 01:11 AM   #1
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Default Hops Clogging Poppet - A n00b gets pwn3d.

Well, I hope some of you enjoy this story. When read from 20-20 hindsight, it's hard to imagine I didn't predict what was going to happen. Total pwn3d n00b here.

So I have a batch of Ed's Haus Pale that I transferred to keg. I noticed he said he put 1oz of pellets in a steeping ball to "dry-hop" in the keg. I thought this sounded delicious, so I did the same. The only problem was that my steeping ball only held 1/2oz. I wasn't about to let the last 1/2oz of cascades go to waste, so I just tossed em in there, too, sealed the lid, and put it on pressure.

I went to try the first one today and I got no love from the faucet. I checked to make sure the gas was on, but still no love. I popped the liquid line off and depressed it with a screwdriver.

BEER IN THE FACE!!!! AGGH.

I put the liquid line back on and tried, again, no love. I popped the liquid line off, and learning from my mistakes relieved the pressure. I unscrewed the liquid out post, and a hop plug was sitting right there in the top of the dip tube, clogging the poppet. Stupid poppet...what is it in there for anyway? It's going to keep clogging this up, and I need to get these pellets out. I took out the poppet, and screwed the post back on. I put the liquid line back on and turned the gas back on. Still nothing. What the hell...must have been blocked again. I popped the liquid line off and sweet malty elixer erupted with geyser-like fury out the hole I left open on the out post, covering the cieling, and raining down beer onto absolutely everything in the kitchen. I have taken a shower with Ed's Haus Pale, and I must say, I smelled hoppy-fresh by the end of it.

So, now with my kitchen cleaned up, and my keg of Haus Pale ale half-empty, what should I have done? Is it a general no-no to not dry-hop with hop pellets in the keg unless they're in a bag or steeping ball?


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Old 07-09-2008, 01:27 AM   #2
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I'm no expert, but it seems like you've answered your own question, LOL

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Old 07-09-2008, 01:29 AM   #3
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So, now with my kitchen cleaned up, and my keg of Haus Pale ale half-empty, what should I have done? Is it a general no-no to not dry-hop with hop pellets in the keg unless they're in a bag or steeping ball?


I think that's about the size of it. Leaf hops are even worse for that.
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Old 07-09-2008, 11:35 AM   #4
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I use the surescreen on the dip tube: http://pivo.northernbrewer.com/nbsto...screen&x=0&y=0

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Old 07-09-2008, 02:07 PM   #5
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by the way, when you took oiut the popet, you no longer had anything to push in the vavle in the QD. This is why removing it did not work.

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My Haus Ale is not dry hopped. Karma got you.

But you are right, I only dry hop with an herb ball.

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Stupid poppet...what is it in there for anyway?
Ha! I think you learned the hard way what it's in there for. Sorry about the mess, but I'm sure you've learned a lot from the experience. I'm sure a lot of us have learned some things the hard way.
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Bag them or use a Surescreen. Poppets are very sensitive to small particles and once the rubber gasket is damaged, you have to replace them.

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Did you at least catch some in your mouth, while it was spraying all over? Was it good?

I've had at least 3 of these various "Oh sh!t" momenths where I just feel dumb, oh so freaking dumb. Way to handle it like a champ though, sorry for your lost beer. Just means you gotta brew again, right?!

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This thread is worthless without pictures of your beer covered kitchen!

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