I've noticed a few people here use this. My questions are:
1. How much liquid does this device leave at the bottom of the keg? Is it always the same or is it variable depending on how the device settles? The reason I ask is I prefer to fill a keg with santizer and replace it with co2, then fill the keg with beer. My current method leaves nothing more than a trace of sanitizer and a keg full of co2.
2. Dry hopping in the keg with no bags and pellet hops - this is a potentially attractive feature, if it works. How reliable is this in practice with heavy dry hops (at least 5oz in a 5 gal keg)?
1. If you do nothing to intervene, it definitely leaves more santizer in the bottom of the keg - I'd ballpark 2 or 3 oz. In other words, more than I want. Luckily there's an easy fix - when you've drained out all the sanitizer you can, simply invert the keg over your sink for a few seconds to let the sanitizer run down to the lid. Then just open the prv and let the pressure blow the sanitizer out. Easy enough.
2. As for keg hopping, I know you can throw the pellets in loose but I don't. I toss the hops in a weighted 5 gallon paint strainer bag which keeps the hop particles near the bottom and of course the Clear Beer draws from the top - maximum distance from the draw point. Even a very slight amount of fine hop particulate in a pint gives beer a harsh hop bite. With this approach I get zero of that. Each his own.
All in all, really glad I switched over to these keg systems. Works as advertised.