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Old 01-07-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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Default Bottle tree and vinator - how have I bottled without these?

Among the rest of the amazing Christmas haul from my wife was a bottle tree and vinator. I have used them for the first time, and cannot believe the time and effort that this $46 investment saves me.

If you bottle, you might really want to consider these.

I did a full blog entry on the bottle tree and vinator, if you care to read it.

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:06 PM   #2
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Easy on the vinator I'm about to buy my third one. They can crack just above the threads. Or I'm too aggressive with sanitizer.

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:08 PM   #3
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Easy on the vinator I'm about to buy my third one. They can crack just above the threads. Or I'm too aggressive with sanitizer.
What threads? I've been using mine for years and bottle everything, 180-200 gallons a year!
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yeah i love my vinator, only thing is the spring inside of mine is too large and does not fit perfectly in place along the base, it has to bend in order to fit into the bottle spout. unless i set it up wrong.....

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:13 PM   #5
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The white center with the pump screws into the center red part on mine.

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I guess I'll just have to see how mine holds up. Still, if I get even a year out of the thing, it will have paid for itself many times over in time savings.

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I don't bottle very often, but when I do I'm glad to have the vinator. My empty dishwasher is my bottle tree.

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27 dozen bottled yesterday...yes, the bottle tree and vinator are worth their weight in gold.

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Will bottle my next batch with mine. I tried it out wuth water and was super impressed so I can't wait to try it.

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I think that the bottle tree should have come with one extra level, giving you space for 99 bottles instead of just 90. But other than that, yes, a bottle tree and vinator are really great for bottling.

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