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Old 04-02-2013, 01:29 PM   #1
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When my wife was in Kentucky on business she took advantage of some of the local shopping (great prices I must say) and went to a Big Lots. We New Yorkers have never seen such an establishment before.

When she got home she proudly showed off 2 1.25 gallon clear plastic (BPA Free!) "beverage holders" with pouring spigot and handle... for $10 total.

"Can you use one for your stuff? I'm going to make ice tea in the other"


Can I indeed. Since I only make 1 gallon at a time, this is going to be my bottling bucket. I'm going to make my simple corn syrup, chill it a bit more than I would when I was priming out of a kitchen pot, and then pour into my new "bottling bucket". After racking my beer onto the priming sugar and giving the vessel a few swirls to distribute the sugar, I can now bottle with the spigot like an adult all myself if I need to.

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Old 04-02-2013, 02:11 PM   #2
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that will be handy forsure!!

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I hope you're not pouring from the spigot into the bottles without a bottling wand/tube assembly. O2 from spalshing into bottles is bad at this point.

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I hope you're not pouring from the spigot into the bottles without a bottling wand/tube assembly. O2 from spalshing into bottles is bad at this point.
I knew there was something I wasnt considering. Is there an easy way to jerryrig such an assembly?
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See if a 3/8" tube will connect to the spigot to atach a bottling wand.

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Do I have to go out and buy a bottling wand if I dont have one? its not so much a matter of price as of convenience... I would have to take a trip to the LHBS (none are "L") and ordering 1 bottling wand on line would cost more for shipping...

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You could just turn the spigot on and off to start and stop the flow but it may get messy. Bottling wand is pretty much a must if you're going to be bottling.

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Well,it would ensure properly filling the bottles in a way that limits oxygenation. some have used a siphon tube & stopping flow to place it in the next bottle. Seems like more hassle to me than to just get a bottling wand.

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Maybe Im just not understanding something. I thought, since the spigot fits pretty neatly in the bottle mouth, that I could use the spigot handle as a gasket to cut the flow and allow the liquid to run down the inner side of the bottle. Just that little amount of splashing contributes enough to oxigenation to worry about?

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It can,since it's hard to get "just a little". At least connect some tubing to it to go into the bottom of the bottle to reduce oxygenation...

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