« on: January 06, 2011, 08:20:43 AM »
I ferment in a 10 gallon keg. It works great most of the time.
I have three dip tubes cut off at various lengths. I use a different length of dip tube depending on how much hop/trub material I believe will be in the fermenter. Again, works well most of the time.
The last beer I made called for just over 6 ounces of dry hops. I used my shortest dip tube. I cold crashed and waited for the hops to settle.
As you can imagine from the title of this post, it didn't go well come racking time. Clog after clog. I finally did get the beer to transfer, but when I went to serve it, that keg clogged too.
So, I'm looking for a way to avoid this. I'd rather not cut the dip tube even shorter.
My current best idea is to get a Better Bottle with a racking arm for these kinds of beers. I've thought about a screen but from what I've read, these clog too with pellet hops. I would really like to develop a technique to vary the height of the dip tube (and still transfer under pressure). I recall a forum post that talked about a way to do this, but I have not been able to find that.
Any ideas? Thanks in advance.