Originally Posted by robbo007
Could you elaborate on bottom dumping and priming by hand?
Sorry if I was less than clear. You don't want dead yeast and other particulates going into your bottles. So, it is important to open up the bottom valve on your fermenter and drain out all of that extraneous matter. At that point, you should be able to add your priming syrup directly to the fermenter and you won't need any special equipment to distribute it evenly among the beer. It will take some stirring, but you should be able to get a fairly consistent mix. If you had a larger vessel it would probably be impractical to stir it by hand and get the sugar mixed consistently through the whole batch.
I'm not necessarily saying that this is a better solution, but it just might be something to consider if you're that worried about oxygen pickup.