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Old 11-03-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I've been having a been having a pretty annoying issue with the final transfer into my 6-gallon carboy after all's said and done when brewing. The recipe that I'm using calls for two types of hops, and for whatever reason, my local homebrew store usually has one or both in leaf, rather than pellet, form.

What happens is that the last gallon gets stuck in the brewing pot, because the hop leaves clog the siphon during the transfer. How can I deal with this problem? I could just make more so that losing a gallon isn't a big deal, and I tried that in the last batch, but then came dangerously close to boiling over until I scooped some off the top with a ladle, and then adding it back once more liquid had boiled off.

Even so, about a gallon got left behind, and the carboy has maybe 4 gallons in it now, and that small number saddens me.

So, how do I deal with a clogged siphon during the transfer to the carboy at the end of making wort?


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Old 11-03-2010, 08:45 PM   #2
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Pick up the pot and pour the wort in? You might need a big funnel, but I don't see why that wouldn't work. It'll help aerate the wort, as well.


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There's a large cooling coil still in the pot at this point-- and no one around to hold the funnel. Taking out the coil could definitely be done, but I'll need a helper to hold the siphon (and a bigger siphon, and some kind of mesh over it to keep the hops out)
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I usually put my mesh bag around the bottom of my racking cane and that takes care of it.
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Siphoning to the fermenter can be a pain. I think I did it twice.

I'm a pick up and pour person, but the funnel I have doesn't require anybody to hold it. The long spout fits inside the carboy just fine. I also use buckets much of the time, so there isn't a funnel to hold.


A ballvalve sounds like the only reasonable option, if you don't want to use a funnel.
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@Gman2-- Wouldn't I have to boil the mesh in order to use it at this point (and for that matter, sterilize any funnel)? I thought that pre-boil, sanitation isn't as crucial, but post-boil, everything has to be clean as a whistle.

@Yooper_Brew: A ballvalve, you say? I've never heard of this. Quick, to the internets!
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Funny, I dislike pellet hops for a similar reason. I always use a muslin bag between ball valve and funnel. Even though the bazooka tube in the kettle gets most of it out, those sneaky bastard pellet hops make it through the bazooka tube and clog my bag. Some of them even seem to make it through the bag. I know it's not a big deal, but it irks me.
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@Skaggs-- since I'm often mixing the two hops types, does that mean I should be looking at @Yooper's suggestion and going for a funnel pour (and get some friends to come over and help)?
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@Yooper_Brew: A ballvalve, you say? I've never heard of this. Quick, to the internets!
Stainless steel kettle valve kit

Bazooka Tube-Goes inside the brew pot.
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@Yooper-- I'm limited to a normal kettle at the moment, no valves on it. Had I the budget, and brewed a bit more than once every two months or so, I'd go for a new kettle with fanciness attached.


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