Dry Hop woes
So I have been experimenting with dry hopping. More like what is the best way to dry hop. I started dry hopping in the bright tank with a fine nylon tank. It worked great until today. The hop bag is now blocking the one and only valve for kegging. It took about 2 hours yesterday to trickle feed a single keg!
I suppose next time I can weigh the bag down more then last time so they don't move, but as for now I think I may be screwed. Anyone have any ideas on how to unblock the valve?
You can try blasting some CO2 through your port to try to displace the hop bag. Do you have a sample port that you could rack off of? I know it would take a lot longer but it would be faster then one keg in two hours. Next time you dry hop try to attach the bag to something like a carb stone if it is in a brite tank. If it is a uni tank fabricate something so the bag is suspended in the beer and not touching the bottom of the vessel. I hope this helps.
I tried blasting it with co2 before did not work. Tried it again @ 60PSI and it finally worked. Tying the bag to the carb stone is a great idea thanks for the tip!
Dry Hop bag
I have had the same problem in the past. I now hang the bag from the spray ball with a piece of stainless wire. Works great.
Hanging it in the tank is the best option...we hang from a welded loop on our racking arm. We put a stainless steel pot lid with the handle side down in the tank. It keeps anything (like a hop bag) from clogging the feed.