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Old 09-16-2008, 06:07 PM   #1
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Default Alternative valves/spigots for the ported Better Bottle?

I'm looking at picking up a ported Better Bottle, but the valves are just wayyyy too much.

Are the holes a standard size? If I could purchase/assemble a simple bottling valve myself I might actually buy one of these buggers.

Any info would be appreciated.

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Old 09-16-2008, 06:28 PM   #2
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I believe the hole in a ported better bottle is 3/4".

Even if you can find a spigot of the appropriate size, installing it tightly might be a bit tricky...unless your arms are skinny enough to reach through the neck! The overpriced racking adapter is installed by slipping a long plastic pipe over the racking arm.

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Old 09-16-2008, 06:42 PM   #3
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I believe the hole in a ported better bottle is 3/4".

Even if you can find a spigot of the appropriate size, installing it tightly might be a bit tricky...unless your arms are skinny enough to reach through the neck! The overpriced racking adapter is installed by slipping a long plastic pipe over the racking arm.
I didn't even think about not being able to get inside the bottle.

A bit of silicone from a tube would do the trick no? Would be a bit tough to clean I guess maybe I should just buy a bucket...
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maybe I should just buy a bucket...
I still highly recommend better bottles, I vastly prefer them to buckets. And the bottles themselves are reasonably priced, it's just the racking adapter/valve assembly that costs a fortune.

I've got one ported bottle, and two unported. While the racking adapter works great and is more convenient, I'm not sure it's worth the price of admission. With the unported bottles, I just use my autosiphon...no big deal.
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While the racking adapter works great and is more convenient, I'm not sure it's worth the price of admission. With the unported bottles, I just use my autosiphon...no big deal.
+1. I use the Autosiphon with my 5 BB's and life is good.
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I wanted to avoid the hassle, but I guess the ease of cleaning would be nice (as would the fact that they're clear).

Thanks for the tips guys.. I've got a choice to make I guess.

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