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Old 12-23-2009, 04:10 PM   #1
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In my first attempt at kegging I dry hopped my DFH IPA in the keg. I put the hops in a couple tea balls. It seems like one burst open and clogged the dip tube.

Are there any tricks to get it unclogged other than taking the dip tube out?

 
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:20 PM   #2
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You could try hooking up the gas line to the beer out post. Force some Co2 down through it. That may break anything up if its clogged
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:20 PM   #3
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you can try putting the co2 line on the out post and giving it a quick burst of high pressure. if your are right that one of the tea balls opened, then it will be likely to clog again.

 
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:15 PM   #4
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if the blast doesn't work, take out the dip tube and see if you can unclog it from there. you could then put a hop sock or stainless steel sheet over the hole on the tube to filter.
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:15 PM   #5
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I switched the beer out and gas in post and dislodged the clog, but as matt415 suspected, it got clogged right away again.

Should I rack to another keg?

 
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:33 PM   #6
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I switched the beer out and gas in post and dislodged the clog, but as matt415 suspected, it got clogged right away again.

Should I rack to another keg?
you could do that, but let it sit for another day or so and let everything fall back to the bottom. that blast would have thrown everything back up into the beer.

i've racked to another keg before with a gelatin addition to the keg gone bad.
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:31 PM   #7
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After it got clogged again, I switched the beer out and gas in post and pushed CO2 to dislodge the clog. I then opened up the tank and formed a 1 inch stainless steel mesh disc around the end of the dip tube. I was going to use a clamp to hold it on, but the pressure of the mesh disc around the end of the tube was enough to hold it in place.

 
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:55 AM   #8
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funny, i hooked up a keg that had been carbonating and got 3 drops out. I plan on racking to an empty keg tomorrow night.

 
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Old 12-29-2009, 02:38 AM   #9
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funny, i hooked up a keg that had been carbonating and got 3 drops out. I plan on racking to an empty keg tomorrow night.
Installing the SS mesh disc was very simple to do and took about 5 minutes. I would recommend it vs sanitizing another keg and spending 20 minutes to rack it.

 
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Old 03-19-2010, 10:28 PM   #10
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so how do you take the dip tube out? i'm the exact same problem with....the exact same beer!

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