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Old 12-20-2011, 04:55 PM   #1
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Default Filtering Pliny the Elder clone?

I have a Pliny the Elder clone that is in secondary right now and a few days into the first dry hop. I am dry-hopping with pellet hops, just loose in the carboy (no hop bag). I am thinking that since there is SO much hop particulate, I should probably keg this brew and then filter it, but I'm slightly worried that might cause it to lose some of the hoppy goodness. What do you guys think?


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Old 12-20-2011, 04:59 PM   #2
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I've dry hoped with loose pellets before and had good luck with cold crashing for a couple days before racking to the keg. Most of the particles should end up falling out with the remaining yeast. I didn't notice any particles in my finished product, it actually turned out crystal clear on that one.


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Old 12-20-2011, 06:05 PM   #3
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I dry hopped with just loose pellets like both of you, and cold crashed the carboy as well. I still got lots of hop flakes even a couple of weeks in the keg. I bottled it off the keg and just tried one last night after sitting in the fridge for a week, and it STILL had flakes in it. The beer itself is crystal clear, it just has flakes. The next time I make this, I will definitely find a way to contain the hops in the carboy. As for filtering, I have no experience, but I just kegged another IPA a few nights ago and used Gelatine, and am very happy with the results and will be using that method from now on.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:18 PM   #4
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For anything that is dry hopped with more than 1oz I have had good luck attaching a paint strainer to the end of the racking tube that is in the keg. I use a hose clamp to keep the bag on and it catches a nice amount of hop debris. Try to get the hose/bag against the bottom of the keg, just to minimize any chances of oxidation. As already mentioned, cold crashing helps quite a bit as well. Also, make sure you sanitize the hop bag and hose clamp.

The first big IPA I did had hops clog the poppet valve on the keg so badly that no beer was able to flow through it. After removing the liquid post for the fifth time I figured I should do something different on the next beer. I just did an IPA with one pound of hops, six ounces dry hopped, and have not had one noticeable flake in it.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:24 PM   #5
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I'm thinking I will do the paint strainer trick first, and see how that works. I might try naturally carbing it with sugar in the keg, and then filtering it after it has carbed for a couple of weeks. Depends how it looks after I rack it.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:42 PM   #6
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+1 on paint strainer bags. If I'm using a secondary I put the bag in my priming bucket. If I'm going directly from the primary I put the bag in the fermentor bucket. You'll still have a bit of a hop haze but you shouldn't see any flakes.


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