Blocked corny

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  1. May 25, 2019 #1

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    I kegged my first neipa attempt a couple of weeks ago and I have a problem , no beer coming out!

    I suspect that some stray hop pellet particles have blocked the beer out poppet/post/dip tube.

    Any ideas how to rectify this with the least possible fannying around and oxygen pick up?

    Well annoyed as tonight was the first tasting if my most expensive brew to-date!
     
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    Did you dry hop in the keg?
    It may be worth blowing some CO2 in through the liquid OUT post to try to clear the blockage
     
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    No dry hop in the keg but masses in the fv and I saw a flash of green sludge at the very end of the transfer :(

    Interestingly I just tried back flushing with co2 through the beer out , seemed to clear then immediately blocked again!

    Thanks
     
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    Was it whole hops in the FV? I'd be surprided if a few pellet particles would clog it so badly
     
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    Pellets only, don't know what to do other than try and siphon already carbed beer to another keg?
     
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    I have had this problem recently. You may have sucked up more trub / gunk than you think. I know that was the case when it happened to mine. If your tap is connected directly to the keg post, you could try cleaning it. If blasting the out post with C02 has not cleared it, I suspect you have a good bit of gunk that will only be fixed by transferring. If you don't have an auto-syphon, it isn't a pleasant experience.
     
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    I'll have to have a go at cleaning the post tomorrow, failing that working syphoning it will have to be attempted!

    I've dropped 20 quid of hops on this so I'm not giving up :)
     
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    Couldn't wait :)

    Cleaned the post which was clogged up with hop gunk.

    Cleaned the dip tube.

    Reassembled and depressurised, still nothing.

    Cleaned the tap and it too was clogged!

    All in order now apart from the pour being way too lively, I expect to get nothing but pints of froth for a day or so but the beer is flowing!
     
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    Yeah, my first half dozen or so kegs were absolutely fine. Then I sucked up too much trub and had a hell of a time fixing it. Next two kegs have suffered similar problems, albeit not as severe. If you have a spare tap, it might be worth switching them over. Helped me with my current keg. It was pouring but not cleanly. Different tap fixed the problem immediately.
     

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