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Old 04-30-2009, 02:33 PM   #1
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Default Filling up bottles for competitions from draft...

I have all my beer in kegs now -- I've never filled up bottles for a competition before.

Do I really need to get a counterflow filler? I was just thinking about pouring the beers in the bottles the morning I was going to drop them off. The beers will be judged one week later.

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Old 04-30-2009, 02:36 PM   #2
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:44 PM   #3
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Is that even necessary for a bottle that will be consumed in a week?

Does Oxydation really kick in that quickly?
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:38 PM   #4
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may not be absolutely neccessary, but it's less than 10 bucks to make and less than 10 minutes to fill a few bottles.

Is it really worth risking for a competition?

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Old 04-30-2009, 08:47 PM   #5
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Without one, it'll take about 3 pulls between ewaiting for the foam to settle and your beer will off gas to the point of fail due to the loss of carbonation.

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Old 04-30-2009, 08:58 PM   #6
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yep, definitely foamage and flatness with out it.

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Without one, it'll take about 3 pulls between ewaiting for the foam to settle and your beer will off gas to the point of fail due to the loss of carbonation.
Not necessarily. Just lower the PSI on the tank, bleed the keg, and then fill slowly. If the bottle was frozen you should get little to no foam.
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may not be absolutely neccessary, but it's less than 10 bucks to make and less than 10 minutes to fill a few bottles.

Is it really worth risking for a competition?
Less than $5! (assuming you already have a picnic tap)

Around $3 for the racking cane, $.75 for the #2 stopper.
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:34 PM   #9
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Thing is cheap, easy to use, and kicks arse...... No brainer. If your competing don't you want to send your best effort?
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Thing is cheap, easy to use, and kicks arse...... No brainer. If your competing don't you want to send your best effort?
QFT. If you're sending in for competition, why not spend the 3-5 bucks to ensure it is good.
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