Filtering Beer during Transfer

Robert McKeon

Barley Legal Member
#1
I recently made a beer with 3.5 oz of dry hopping after 5 days in the Primary fermenter.
Let it settle for 5 days before transferring to keg for conditioning.
During the transfer some of the hops clogged up the transfer hose at the ball lock connection to the keg.
I have never used more then 1oz before in dry hopping and this has never been a problem.
Can I use and in-line type filter the beer during transfer to eliminate this problem?
If yes, any filter suggestions?
Do I need to throw out the cartridge each time or can you clean them?
Micron size?

Thanks, Bob
 

JamesHolland

Vice President
#2
The first thing that comes to mind is the Bouncer beer filter. If you scroll down you can get to the "home" version. I have not used them personally but I believe the reviews are good.

It sounds like you're pressure transferring, but if you're not, you can go to your homebrew store, get a reusable mesh hop bag, sanitize it by boiling it for 10 minutes and put that over the bottom of your racking cane.
 
#3
How are you transferring (auto-siphon, gravity from a port,...)? And from what kind of vessel (carboy, brew bucket, conical...)?
Is it from the fermenter into the ball lock liquid out post?

Rather than filter, you could dry hop in a large mesh bag to contain the hops.
Or with carboys, I used the trick @JamesHolland notes above with my auto-siphon.

I had a filter and only used it a couple times because I found it introduced oxygen too often and wasted more beer in the transfer than I was willing to give up.
 

Robert McKeon

Barley Legal Member
#4
Thanks
I am pushing from a glass carboy into a ball lock keg with CO2.
I have a home made transfer rig that I use.
I will give James suggestion a try.
I was not too keen on the filter method because of the reasons you mentioned.
 

John Pursglove

Barley Legal Member
#5
Thanks
I am pushing from a glass carboy into a ball lock keg with CO2.
I have a home made transfer rig that I use.
I will give James suggestion a try.
I was not too keen on the filter method because of the reasons you mentioned.
If you can cold crash you are probably better off doing that. I tried the filter thing years ago and it didn't work all that great a lot of beer gets lost in the process. I used to add gelatine to my primary fermentor while cold crashing. I haven't done that lately either and after cold crashing and sitting in a keg in cold storage for a week or so you get some really clear beer.
 
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