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    Sorb/Dust separation

    When you get down the bottom of a keg of sorb, what do you do to sort the wheat from the chaff, so to speak?

    I'm down to the end of my first large keg of sorb and this wasn't talked about in class that I can remember. We always filled from fresh, full kegs so the subject never came up.

    There is quite a bit of dust mixed in with the sorb in the bottom, too much for a stiff breeze to sort out before it drops into the scrubber.

    The best I can come up with is buy a few square feet of fine mesh screen to sift out the dust before pouring the remainder in the scrubber canister. I figure someone here has come up with something better, especially for traveling. Seems dumb to pack a bit of screen when some knowlege and/or local materials would work.

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    Re: Sorb/Dust separation

    personaly i throw the last bit away as it's just to dusty, but im shore otheres have there own advice on this
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    Re: Sorb/Dust separation

    Same here, trash bin.

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    Re: Sorb/Dust separation

    Same here as well- I trash the last half inch or so. I've always been a believer that the more dust in the 'sorb, the stronger the caustic coctail if one one happens. Why chance it?

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    Re: Sorb/Dust separation

    Jeez you guys are wasteful
    Actually I just throw it out as well, but this post got me thinking

    Grab a bucket and cut the bottom out of it, get some mesh, say fly screen or shade cloth and secure it to the bottom of the bucket.

    Get all your old sorb containers and pour all the sorb into the bucket, give it a little shake shake shake under the fruit trees, cause they love the lime.... Then just top up existing full containers with what you get out of the bucket

    Hey anything to save a few bucks.

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    Re: Sorb/Dust separation

    If you decant the sorb from the pack to a bucket and back again to another bucket, I find that the "chaff" blows away and also the fine dregs can be separated after each drain.
    A few decants later, I then fill my scrubber... works for me...

    When I used my dolphin, I also used my vacuum cleaner to suck out the fine dust from the scrubber after it was packed, this helped also...

    Cheers, JDZ

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    Re: Sorb/Dust separation

    A trick I learned from Mel is to use a basket type sifter like is used in baking, a bit of breeze and it cleans up nicely.

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    Re: Sorb/Dust separation

    The reusable coffee filters for a coffee maker is small (travel size) and works well for this.

    Of course, if you have a meg, you could do the sift in the scrubber itself - work the powder out of the sorb, pour sorb back into bowl/keg and wipe powder from scrubber.

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    Re: Sorb/Dust separation

    Or just use it to top off your next bucket of sorb, the remaining dust should filter down to the bottom like it did in your current bucket.

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    Re: Sorb/Dust separation

    Quote Originally Posted by jdz
    If you decant the sorb from the pack to a bucket and back again to another bucket, I find that the "chaff" blows away and also the fine dregs can be separated after each drain.
    A few decants later, I then fill my scrubber... works for me...

    When I used my dolphin, I also used my vacuum cleaner to suck out the fine dust from the scrubber after it was packed, this helped also...

    Cheers, JDZ


    Hi John, great minds think a like. I've never had a problem finding a strainer in a kitchen to use as a sifter while pouring the sorb dreggs, like flour. If there's a vacuum cleaner around, I'll zap it with that after packing. Even without these tools/insurances, I've found that the moisture produced by the CO2 reaction settles the dust in short order. Not comforting, but realistic... -Andy

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