Originally Posted by ILOVEBEER
I do AG, ferment in sankes and secondary is done in my corney kegs, from their they get force carbonated and to the kegerator they go for drinking.
I have never dry hopped but want to try an IPA coming up. Is it possible to dry hop with whole leaf hops in the corney? Will the hops clog the fluid pickup tube?
Thanks for your help.
My procedure is identical to yours. I ferment in Sankey kegs also, secondary in Corney kegs (setup for dry-hopping) and rack to another keg for the “bright tank”. I have been doing it this way for a few years and have perfected a method for extracting a very good dry-hop flavor.
Here it is:
*Ferment in the keg as you have been.
*Rack to the Corney Keg fitted with a Surescreen: http://www.northernbrewer.com/default/surescreen.html
, which has your dry-hop addition and has been thoroughly purged with C02. In my experience, hops that are floating free in the Corney Keg have much better contact with the beer than if they are contained within a bag. I have used both methods and found that I can get more dry-hop flavor from hops with a Surescreen, than can be extracted from a bag.
*After a few weeks, I crash chill, rack to a clean keg, add gelatin to drop the tannins and suspended hop matter and carbonate.
Note: the Surescreen does not work well with pellet hops they clog the screen. I also coarsely chop my whole hops, in a food processor to break the cones up a bit and further improve the contact between the luplin glands in the hops and my beer. Works really good for me.