Keg Tap Issues

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  1. CausticWolf

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    So I've been having trouble with Keg tapping, especially in beers where I have excessive dry hops. I try to have my beers grain to glass in a week or so, so this is gonna be difficult for me. What are the methods of filtration that you guys use? Keep in mind, I don't have the $ to be out buying brewery filtration systems. I'm looking for easy solutions! Thanks!
     
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    #2 BOB357, Oct 31, 2020
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    Using a floating dip tube will reduce the chances of picking up hop debris and plugging you poppets. William's Brewing sells the Top Draw for under $20. I've also seen little strainers that go on the bottom of the dip tube.
     
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    I use a floating dip tube in my fermentor connected to my spigot. I used to have similar problems until I changed to this approach. Floating dip tube in the keg would also work, it's just more fiddly to attach to the post than the setup I have in the fermentor. I've also tried bagging the hops, but I'd prefer to have them floating free if I can.

    Something like this - https://www.kegland.com.au/fermzilla-55l-ss-float-80cm-silicone-dip-tube.html

    I just have the tubing floating a few millimetres under the beer, but you could also go the next step - https://www.kegland.com.au/floating...304-stainless-for-fermzilla-or-kegmenter.html
     
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    A good cold crash before transfer to keg helps for me.
    Also maybe trying keg hopping to reduce floating hop material.
    If you do get a blockage try hooking the gas up to liquid side of keg to try and push the hop material free.
     
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    You're using pressure to transfer aren't you Mark? Guessing that transferring with gravity would make for a very slow process.
     
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    Thanks guys. Yeah, I do put pressure down the out tube to dislodge it, but my last beer had 250 grams of dry hop, so it was just too intense. I also was using a new method, that ended up not working. I'm gonna start doing my old method which is filtering with a wine funnel, with a tube on it so that it doesn't aerate excessively.

    I will DEFINITELY be looking into that floating dip tube, what a great idea!!!!
     
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    Even under pressure I'm getting around 20mins on transfer my 4mm ID line dont help though.

    I'd like to have a crack at the gravity transfer method no extra gas needed
     
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    A couple of PSI and gravity. Still slow, but not that bad. About as slow as Ben.
     

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