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Re: Hop Clog Woes
« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2011, 07:03:48 PM »
I've heard good things about the surescreens for whole hops.

Personally, I tend to use pellets in my system and I just use a giant teaball. There are a few bits here and there at first but in a couple weeks it'll clear nicely.
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Re: Hop Clog Woes
« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2011, 07:35:06 AM »
I can never get the keg sealed when I try to hang the floss out of the top...

How long is too long for dry-hops? I seem to get off flavors from whole hops after about 2 weeks.
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Re: Hop Clog Woes
« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2011, 08:19:36 AM »
How long is too long for dry-hops? I seem to get off flavors from whole hops after about 2 weeks.

I think it depends on your tastes and the variety of hop.  I put hops like Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe, etc. in a keg and leave them there until the leg blows...2-3 months.  No off flavors noted.
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Re: Hop Clog Woes
« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2011, 09:21:38 AM »
I fill large tea balls or "spice balls" with hop pellets. It works beautifully.

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Re: Hop Clog Woes
« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2011, 09:33:26 AM »
No experience, but the design of the Sure Screen looks (to me) to be indicative of quick clog when used on a pickup tube. There's no meaningful surface area where the beer enters the tube which is gonna pull all debris to that small pickup zone. As the bottom of the screen clogs, the beer will attempt to enter higher and higher up the screen. Seems like you could end up with 5 or 6 inches (the length of the Sure Screen) of beer in the keg as the intake has to works its way progressively up the screen.

I have never had an issue with a surescreen clogging with pellet hops or whole leaf hops, ever.  I typically dry hop in my fermenter (a 10 gallon corny).  I generally dry hop my hoppy ales with no less than 4oz. of pellets and have dry hopped with 8oz. on more than one occasion and have never had a transfer clog with hops or yeast when I jump from my 10 gallon corny fermenter into my 5 gallon kegs. If you are really worried about it, you could trim off a 1/2" to 1" of your dip tube, but I don't think this is necessary.  I just place the surescreen on my diptube after I clean the keg with PBW, then soak in Star San and jump to the next empty keg so I can purge the keg of O2 with CO2 and then jump from the fermenter to the sanitized keg after crash cooling the fermenter.