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Old 03-03-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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Dry hopped a week ago. Want to keg but there is a scummy looking layer of dissolved hop pellets on top. What is best way to get beer into keg without the hop residue?

 
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:14 PM   #2
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I bottle, so I usually strain my beer as it comes into my bottling bucket to try and remove the hop matter. Other suggestions I have read about include putting a nylon bag or hop bag over the inlet to your siphon. Just make sure you sanitize whatever you use really well.
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:24 PM   #3
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I usually dry hop for about 10 days and start rocking the fermenter twice a day with 5-7 days left. That gives the hops enough time to drop as well as forces them a little. I usually hold off on rocking the day before I bottle to let the yeast settle.

If you rack underneath the hops, not much will get into your keg. A few leaves won't hurt. They'll just sink to the bottom of the keg.
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:24 PM   #4
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Dry hopped a week ago. Want to keg but there is a scummy looking layer of dissolved hop pellets on top. What is best way to get beer into keg without the hop residue?
Place 2 hop bags around your auto siphon. Just did this yesterday with 1 nylon hop bag, but because you used pellets and the hop particles are smaller I would recommend using two hop bags.

 
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:30 PM   #5
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Oh my gosh- don't do anything special at all. Especially no rocking or filtering!

All you do is sanitize your autosiphon or racking cane, and start the siphon in the middle of the fermenter. Lower the racking cane as the level of the beer drops. It's super easy and no problem at all.
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:31 PM   #6
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If you can cold crash the fermenter for a day or two that usually drops almost all of the hop particles out of suspension.

 
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:57 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll give it a shot

 
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:36 PM   #8
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Oh my gosh- don't do anything special at all. Especially no rocking or filtering!

All you do is sanitize your autosiphon or racking cane, and start the siphon in the middle of the fermenter. Lower the racking cane as the level of the beer drops. It's super easy and no problem at all.
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I wouldn't recommend straining the hops out. Adds a ton of air and will oxidize the beer.

 
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:45 PM   #9
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I cold crash and then wrap a nylon bag around my auto siphon at the intake end. Can't really oxidize your beer this way unless you have O2 living in the bottom of your fermenter

 
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:26 PM   #10
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Oh my gosh- don't do anything special at all. Especially no rocking or filtering!

All you do is sanitize your autosiphon or racking cane, and start the siphon in the middle of the fermenter. Lower the racking cane as the level of the beer drops. It's super easy and no problem at all.
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it's as easy as that..... and please, please, don't rock, shake, agitate, etc. the fermenter to drop the hops. it'll drop 'em, sometimes, but it'll also introduce o2, all the time. o2 after fermentation can accelerate the staling of beer. not good.
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