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Old 01-11-2008, 08:48 PM   #1
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I know, I know.... it's been discussed before. I always dismissed the need to cut the dip tube shorter as a needed remedy for people who rack to keg way too soon and needed to avoid the likely thick sediment from continued clearing.

Anyway, I finally decided to lob off about 3/8" on the keg I was about to rack a Blonde ale into. Now, granted, I usually secondary my beers for 2 weeks, the latter being COLD. Even so, racking those beers into a "stock diptube" keg has always taken 2 weeks to start really clearing for me.

The blonde that I racked into the shortened tube keg started pouring clear on the second pint. This tells me that even when you put relatively clear beer into the keg, there's a general sediment layer right on the bottom that gets disturbed due to the beer flowing toward the inlet.

I'm cutting 3/8 to a 1/2" off every dip tube now. I'm converted, that's it!
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Old 01-11-2008, 08:51 PM   #2
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Good to know, I will try this on my next keg!
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Old 01-11-2008, 08:55 PM   #3
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I've been thinking of doing this. I find that my beers will get crystal clear near the end of the keg. I figure that by that point all the sediment that had dropped out has been sucked up by that point giving me such a clear product. I usually will have some sludge left at the bottom of the keg, maybe half a pint or so.
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:06 PM   #4
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Now, if you cut off 3/8" how much beer will be left behind when the keg blows?

 
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:07 PM   #5
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Im a convert to...BobbyM
See if I can do one better

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Old 01-11-2008, 09:20 PM   #6
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:04 PM   #7
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I just bent mine...

I found a torx screw driver that fit perfectly. I put it in and gave a slight bend, pulled out an inch or so and repeated all the way to the end...(I know, sounds sexual... ).
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:09 PM   #8
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Here's a reminder of the opinions on this circa 3 months ago. Funny how I mentioned secondarying which I don't do

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=40665
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:23 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by homebrewer_99
I just bent mine...

I found a torx screw driver that fit perfectly. I put it in and gave a slight bend, pulled out an inch or so and repeated all the way to the end...(I know, sounds sexual... ).
Depends on how long your screwdriver is.

 
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:36 PM   #10
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I just got a report that Bill is telling eveyone to get bent.
What gives?
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