My After Action Review (AAR)
What went right: ......Nothing
What went wrong: All the rest
So I was so paranoid about the oxygenation of the NEIPA that I thought , hey lets wait till we keg them to cold crash. Got my new T splitter all set up and theoretically would have worked perfectly however there was so much hop material in the primary I could not even get a flow out the bottom of my SS BrewBucket (not even while applying a couple psi of gas through the top blow off fitting). So... I resorted to the old racking cane/ siphon and got about half of each 3 gallon keg filled and then that struggled and stopped.
So then I really screwed the pooch and poured the rest through a screened funnel into the kegs leaving behind quite a bit of "stuff". Good thing no one was home to hear me cussing in the basement... even the dog looked concerned when I came upstairs, but threw him a treat and he was a happy camper.
So I swore this would be my first and last NEIPA. I should have just cold crashed as usual before the transfer. but even then I am not sure that the internal racking arm would have been above the crap (8 oz of hops in the primary during fermentation) but at least the siphon would have worked.
could have bagged the hops I guess, but most of what I have seen with this style calls for dumping the loose pellets right into the krausen.
Have to rethink this one for a while.... Hopefully the beer will be drinkable. Just dry hopped in the kegs so we shall see in a couple of weeks or so if it is salvageable. I will prob have to push the first couple of pints out with 25psi to get the crap through the line.
Oh well, another learning experience is all it is.