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Old 02-24-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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In collecting pieces to get back into brewing I started thinking about bottling and what a pain sanitizing bottles is. I want to keg but am just not there yet. Mostly because I don't have room for a keezer. I looked at vinators but they just did not seem very efficient. I then thought about a water hose nozzle. Then I ran across this.

AquaAntics Water Bomb Factory

I figure hook it up to a small (NEW) garden sprayer filled with Starsan. Could also use water to blast crud from bottles.

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Old 02-24-2012, 06:42 PM   #2
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It might work. I don't know how you would get the starsan in the hose, though. What is it about the vinator that isn't efficient? I love mine.

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Old 02-24-2012, 06:53 PM   #3
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What about a small super soaker? Being serious...I thought about picking one up at a garage sale and just shooting up into each bottle and refilling with what comes out

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I guess efficient is not the right word. It just does not look really stable. The balloon filler would be clamped to a table.

As far as how to get the starsan from the garden sprayer to the nozzle I would just use an old garden hose fitting for one end and some tubing for the other. Connect the two with a plastic barbed reducer.

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What about a small super soaker? Being serious...I thought about picking one up at a garage sale and just shooting up into each bottle and refilling with what comes out
Not hands free...Although I am sure you could rig up a foot pedal...Hmmm
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I paid 30 cents for a little plastic sprayer bottle, just hit each bottle with a few squirts.

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I guess efficient is not the right word. It just does not look really stable. The balloon filler would be clamped to a table.

As far as how to get the starsan from the garden sprayer to the nozzle I would just use an old garden hose fitting for one end and some tubing for the other. Connect the two with a plastic barbed reducer.
I guess I still don't understand the problem. Not to nitpick, but my vinator sits on top of my bottle tree, and it's quite stable. No, I don't work for vinator, but haven't heard of anything not to like about it until now.
All the other things suggested here would probably work too.
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The vinator I have is about 9 inches in diameter and is very stable setting on the counter top and does have the ability to attach to a bottle tree as well. Also, you are re-using the star-san since most of the excess drains right back from the bottle into the vinator, so less waste of sanitizer. Plus, I also dip the neck of the bottle into the vinator basin after squirting to make sure the top of the bottle is also sanitized.

Quite frankly, the cheap plastic water balloon filler will probably not clip "that" securely to your table, and where is the star-san gonna dribble out to?

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The vinator I have is about 9 inches in diameter and is very stable setting on the counter top and does have the ability to attach to a bottle tree as well. Also, you are re-using the star-san since most of the excess drains right back from the bottle into the vinator, so less waste of sanitizer. Plus, I also dip the neck of the bottle into the vinator basin after squirting to make sure the top of the bottle is also sanitized.

Quite frankly, the cheap plastic water balloon filler will probably not clip "that" securely to your table, and where is the star-san gonna dribble out to?
Good points. From the pictures it looks a lot smaller than nine inches.
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Good points. From the pictures it looks a lot smaller than nine inches.
There is a pic about half way down this page (not mine) showing it with a bottle: http://www.onemansbrew.com/bottling-...with-pictures/
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