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Old 03-14-2014, 04:37 PM   #21
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I do kind of want to make a bottling bucket with the spigot on the bottom, so I can hang it from the rafters by the handle and bottle without tilting. I have an irrational hate for the tilting you have to do at the end, I always wind up balancing something precariously and filling the last bottle with air bubble foam.

Of course, you could never put it on the ground when full, so... yes, this would make more mess than it solves, I guarantee. But I still want it.
Sounds like you need a dip tube on the inside of the spigot! The syphon effect normally draws up the last of the beer nicely
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Old 03-14-2014, 04:41 PM   #22
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Oh. Yeah. Kind of embarrassed I didn't think of that, but did think of an insane bucket you can't set on the ground.

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Old 03-14-2014, 04:48 PM   #23
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I used a bottling bucket once. I didn’t care for it. Too much splashing.

I wouldn’t bottle out of primary, that sounds like a recipe for bottle bombs.

I add the priming sugar solution to a carboy, then rack into it with a gentle swirl. Then it’s siphon and bottling wand into bottles.

Way better than a stupid bottling bucket.
that's pretty much my method, I rack to a "bottling 4 liter water jug" with my priming sugar and then move my siphon over to that and attach the bottling wand to the end to fill bottles.

one problem, I do 1 gallon batches, and the plastic jug is outweighed by the autosiphon, so it likes to fall over near the end. I either need to rack to a glass jug, or find some other way of securing it or weighing it down.
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Old 03-14-2014, 05:04 PM   #24
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Oh. Yeah. Kind of embarrassed I didn't think of that, but did think of an insane bucket you can't set on the ground.
Hey you got me thinking about some crazy Rube Goldberg Bottling setup!

Who can come up with the most steps between bucket an bottle!
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:21 AM   #25
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I use a piece of sanitized hose that attaches to the spigot, and goes to the bottom of the bottle. I fill it to the top of the neck, shut off the valve and let it drain into the bottle. Perfect headspace and minimal splashing every time. It can get a little messy the last few bottles, it gets hard to tilt the bucket and operate the valve in a coordinated manner, and the last couple of bottles from the bucket are usually easiest done with a funnel. This works especially well with wine and champagne bottles the have a deep bump, (or punt as they call it) in the bottom of the bottle, where the gap is too small to operate the push valve properly.

Relax, and have a homebrew!!

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Old 03-18-2014, 01:38 PM   #26
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Hey you got me thinking about some crazy Rube Goldberg Bottling setup!

Who can come up with the most steps between bucket an bottle!
Not Rube Goldberg but;
Fill the bottom of the bottling bucket with food grade epoxy while the bucket is tilted. This will create a false bottom that is sloped to the spigot for 100% of the beer in the bucket to the bottle.
Is there such of a thing as food grade epoxy? The filler must stay fused to bottom and sides of the bucket so there are no crevices and voids for bacteria to grow in.

Fill the bottom of the bucket with easily sanitized discs cut from plastic cutting boards to just above the height of the spigot. The discs will displace the volume of beer typically below the spigot when the bucket is a flat surface.

Use a plastic conical fermentor with the spigot at the bottom for a bottling bucket.
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Silicone would work. Of course, it's insane, but I think that's the point.

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A simple 3/4" female threaded cpvc elbow that replaces the nut on the inside of the spigot makes a great dip tube. HD carries them. I had to trim the down end a bit. It leaves about 1/16" of beer and left over sediment in the bottom of the bucket. There is no need to tilt at all.

I'll leave the Rube Coldberg engineering to others!

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