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Old 12-21-2007, 05:38 AM   #1
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Default Best way to bottle when using a glass carboy?

I've bottled more than my fair share of beer batches, but I just want to make sure I'm taking the right approach on this one. I have a beer fermenting in a 6 gal. glass carboy and to tell you the truth, I'm not sure how to bottle this correctly. First, a couple pieces of relevant info:

1.) I usually fermented in a bottling bucket or used one for secondary.

2.) Because of the previous, I never really had to rack and siphon, etc.

As much as I'd like to make it easier on myself, I don't have a kegging/draft system set up yet, plus I prefer having individual bottle-conditioned brews. What I'm asking you folks is this: am I going to want to use a siphon (and buy an autosiphon attachment to avoid infecting the beer as it passes through the tubing from me sucking on it) and transfer it to a bottling bucket and give it some time to settle out (number of days?), then bottle it?

That's the only method I can think of, because I'm sure as heck not wanting to bottle out of the carboy with a siphon. Any suggestions on techniques, necessary equipment, etc. would be greatly appreciated.



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Old 12-21-2007, 06:47 AM   #2
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Buy an auto siphon.
Buy bottle filler.
Siphon from carboy to bottling bucket.
Connect tubing to spigot.
Connect bottle filler to end of tubing.
Bottle.
Unless Im misunderstanding the question.



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Old 12-21-2007, 08:02 AM   #3
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I would go ahead and buy an autosiphon. It is a great investment for only a few bucks. Then all you have to do is siphon from your carboy into the bottling bucket and add your priming solution. No need to let it settle for days, you can bottle immediately as you usually would. You never mentioned if you normally use a bottling wand either but it is also a great little gadget for not much money.

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Yeah, definitely buy an autosiphon. It's one of those things that once you've tried it you'll never go back.

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Yeah, definitely buy an autosiphon. It's one of those things that once you've tried it you'll never go back.
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I agree the Auto siphon is so much easier to use and more sanitary that starting a siphon conventionally.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:31 AM   #6
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+4 Buy an autosyphon. When cleaning/sanitizing just run the solution through as you would be syphoning, just keep all tubing inside the same bucket of solution.

Also:

1. Wet the tube and seal with sanitizing fluid before use.

2. Do not assemble the 2 parts for storage. This will prematurely wear the seal.

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-1 on the autosyphon. I’m sure I’ll get flamed for this but here it goes:

If you have a 2-finger carboy cap, put your racking cane through the main finger. Put your priming solution in the bottling bucket then push the beer through the racking cane by attaching a hose to the other finger of the carboy cap and blowing into it.

If you are using a stopper instead of a cap, connect your racking cane to your racking hose, fill it with no rinse sanitizer (bottled or boiled water works fine), put your thumb over the hose end, stick the cane in the beer and release the end of the hose below the level of the beer into an empty bucket. Once beer begins to come out of the hose, plug it with your thumb again, stick the hose in the bottling bucket that already contains your priming solution and let it fill.

It’s real easy, it doesn't cost any money, and it has no extra moving parts to break.

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As a newb, I just tried a "dry" run with the 2-finger cap method, and somehow, I seem to get a lot of bubbles in the line.

What am I doing wrong?

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Replying to my own bubbles inquiry here... a search here indicated that the tubing size (3/8 vs. 5/16) has something to do with it. Correct?

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As with many things they can be done in any number of ways. However follow the directions per post #2 and make it easy on yourself.



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