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Hebby5 06-02-2011 11:11 AM

Hops clogging my bottling wand
 
I made my first IPA and it tastes great! Can't wait to make another batch.


One issue though...

I dry hopped (hop pellets dumped straight into the fermenter) for 6 days and then bottled. After transferring to the bottling bucket, I started filling the bottles with my bottling wand. It kept getting clogged up. I had to stop every few bottles and take the valve end of the wand apart, unclog it, pour some one-step over the parts, put it back together, and continue bottling. It sucked but the IPA is awesome.

Any tips? I've heard of hop bags and will check my LHBS for them.

As always, thanks in advance.

Chris

Yooper 06-02-2011 11:48 AM

I don't use hops bags at all, but careful racking before you bottle is key!

After I dryhop, I siphon carefully starting in the middle of the fermenter so that I start the siphon below any floating hops and above any trub. As the level lowers, I lower the racking cane. By doing this, I don't suck up any hops at all. (The racking cane also has that black piece to help stop chunks from being sucked up). Then, when I bottle, the bottling wand doesn't clog at all.

gestyr 06-02-2011 11:54 AM

One trick I use is to put a nylon knee-high sock over the end of the syphon and secure it in place with a sanitized cable tie. It keeps any particles from clogging up the works.

Yooper ... obviously you have great taste in television viewing. Red Green is my role model.

johnmcc 06-02-2011 11:56 AM

I put a sanitized muslim bag on the autosyphon to filter the hops and trub out during the transfer to the bottling bucket.

Yooper 06-02-2011 12:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gestyr (Post 2974557)

Yooper ... obviously you have great taste in television viewing. Red Green is my role model.

Mine too!

Lately, I've been breaking all sorts of things- the kitchen faucet, a friend's vacuum, etc. Then I've proved my handy dandy skills by fixing them. :rockin:

All you really need in life is duct tape. Oh, indoor plumbing is nice too. But the duct tape is crucial.

PseudoChef 06-02-2011 02:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnmcc (Post 2974559)
I put a sanitized muslim bag...

I think the term you're looking for is muslin bag...:cross:

unionrdr 06-02-2011 02:19 PM

lol,that's funny,muslim bag. They'd be mad at you for using his garment to make alcohol. But I always use hop sacks to keep things tidy as i can.

NordeastBrewer77 06-02-2011 03:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PseudoChef (Post 2974837)
I think the term you're looking for is muslin bag...:cross:

:mug:

Hebby5 06-02-2011 04:36 PM

Good tips. Thanks!

nefarious_1_ 06-02-2011 04:48 PM

1gal. paint strainer bags are key.


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