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Old 03-21-2009, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default Do you cut your dip tube?

If so how much, and does it waste much beer?


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Old 03-21-2009, 09:16 PM   #2
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No. Don't bother.


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Old 03-21-2009, 09:25 PM   #4
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I have around a dozen cornies. I cut two dip tubes just to see what would happen. It makes little to no difference.
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Old 03-21-2009, 09:41 PM   #5
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Once you tap it don't move the keg. Only the first couple pints will have sediment in it. Every time you move it the sediment will get stirred up.
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Old 03-22-2009, 01:11 AM   #6
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Once you tap it don't move the keg. Only the first couple pints will have sediment in it. Every time you move it the sediment will get stirred up.
Yep...no need to cut them...just bend them.

What I do is pull the tube almost all the way out. Using the keg as a fulcrum (look it up...) leave about 2-3 inches of the tube in the keg and slowly pull the dip tube toward you to give it a slight bend. Insert the tube another 2-4 inches and repeat. Do this about 3-4 times and the tube won't be near the bottom any more.

Be sure to check the tube (try to pull it out) to make sure it can be removed. If not, then you bent it too far. You'll have to try to bend it straight inside the keg.
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I got a bunch of kegs in a deal and after disassembling all of them, I realized I mix and matched a few parts... My very first kegged batch was just giving me a quick spray then nothing... Realized the dip tube I used was actually touching the bottom of the keg, so I took about 1/4" off of it... That is the only one I have cut...
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Sounds painful... some religions cut dip tubes, others don't.

OH, yeah... no I do not cut my dip tubes. +1 to not moving the keg.
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I age in a secondary so there is little trub in the keg. No need to cut.
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Dip tube cutting is more prevalent in the US than in most Europe. It is a cultural thing apparently. Used to be done for hygiene purposes but now it is mostly for cosmetic reasons. It doesn't perform any differently really either way.

Some do it as religious rite of course too.


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