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Old 07-25-2006, 10:23 PM   #21
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Want and need are not the same thing at all, however.

It's possible, although hand cramping, to fill bottles with a siphon tube wtihout increasing one's chance to oxygenate. Just takes a lot more effort. I agree it is a handy tool but it's not a 'need to have' it's a 'pretty darned good idea'. Frankly, I find it incredible how many people don't own an autosiphon but do have a racking cane. A few dollars more for an autosiphon is more than worth the cost, especially since it can double as a wine thief if you're of a mind to take samples from a carboy. Nonetheless I would not call an autosiphon a 'need to have'.

As for one-step-- some swear by idophor and wouldn't dream of using one step.

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Old 07-25-2006, 10:27 PM   #22
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if thats the case, you dont need any of this stuff...

go get a pickle bucket and cover it with saran wrap and a few tied together rubber bands. Pour the beer from bucket to bucket, and use a funnel to put the beer into empty 2L soda bottles.

not using a bottle filler to fill bottles is quite frankly stupid considering the amount of money and work you put into the rest of the beer. Squeezing off the siphon tube or using a funnel is a mess.



we can go round and round all day.... there is a reason a bottle filler is included in like every start kit.

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Old 07-25-2006, 10:31 PM   #23
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Hell, I've heard some people suggest worse approaches to making "homebrew" (I'll be nice and avoid naming names).

In any case, I think you guys are arguing semantics. You CAN bottle without a bottle filler, but it would be pretty stupid to not pay the dollar to buy one. I don't think Kornkob is arguing that point, he's just saying that you CAN do it.

So, let's all join hands and sign "kum-by-ya," m'k?

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Old 07-25-2006, 10:36 PM   #24
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Which is exactly why I missed it as an 'optional' the first time around. It's a handy tool that is pretty durned cheap.

The point is that of that list there are several items that are not nessicary to easily making beer and some are flatly contraversial.

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Old 07-25-2006, 10:44 PM   #25
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more than one way to skin a cat... this thread has officiall been beat to death
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