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Old 10-23-2007, 05:14 AM   #1
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I'm thinking about getting that beer gun to bottle my stuff; however, I still have a few 'understanding problems' ...

Please correct me if my perception of the following is wrong:
Beer gun gets hooked up to CO2 tank and you fill your bottles with a mix of CO2 and beer … basically the beer gets carbonated while filling up the bottles. Then just cap! No corn sugar is needed etc. Is a keg needed for it? My idea is to hook up the hose to my priming bucket, in which I siphon the beer from my carboy, and bottle…

Does this work like this or not?

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Old 10-23-2007, 05:16 AM   #2
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Well, you have it mostly correct. The beer gun does connect to CO2 and your keg, but the CO2 is simply to purge the bottles before filling. The beer in the keg needs to be carbonated first, though. The beer gun is designed to preserve the existing carbonation.

I love mine and have had no problems. Dude hates his and hopefully will post his point of view so you can get the pros and cons.

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Old 10-23-2007, 05:23 AM   #3
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I love mine after only one use, they are spendy and you need to buy the Beer Gun and the Beer Gun Accessory Kit plus a wye adapter and a 1/4" MFL shutoff valve to hook it up to your regulator.

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Old 10-23-2007, 07:00 AM   #4
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I sold mine after I used it about six times.

It ended up being more work than what it was worth. I wasted a lot of beer with foaming issues. I chilled the bottles, experimented with different dispensing pressures, everything. It never worked that great. I got numerous comments that the beer was flat.

I honestly have better luck filling bottles at 2-3 psi with a cobra tap. I made that for like 7 bucks.

The beergun is sexy, but a POS in my opinion.

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I neve had any issues with mine. I've only used it a handful of times, but it works great. No forming or anything and the carb is fine. I think there are cheaper, just as effective methods, but the beer gun does what it's supposed to do - at least for me.

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My idea is to hook up the hose to my priming bucket, in which I siphon the beer from my carboy, and bottle…
This isn't going to work... The beergun is for transferring beer from an already carbonated keg (so yes, you need the keg) to a bottle...

As these guys noted, the CO2 isn't carbonating the beer at bottling - it just purges the headspace of oxygen to prevent premature oxidizing of your beer.
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And pressurize the bottle to eliminate the pressure diffrence that causes the foaming.

The air is purged from the bottle, then the bottle pressure is eaqualized with the dispensing pressure, then some valves are turned and you slowly bleed off the bottle pressure, which allows the beer to flow from the keg into the bottle.


Dude... you try elevating the keg?

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And pressurize the bottle to eliminate the pressure diffrence that causes the foaming.

The air is purged from the bottle, then the bottle pressure is eaqualized with the dispensing pressure, then some valves are turned and you slowly bleed off the bottle pressure, which allows the beer to flow from the keg into the bottle.
That's a counter-pressure filler. The beer gun is not a CPF. The CO2 only purges the bottle.
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Guess my questions are answered Thanks guys...
Since I don't have the opportunity to keg it looks like I will be stuck with corn sugar for another couple of months.

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does anyone know if buying this accessory kit is necessary when purchasing the beer gun?

http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...ssory-kit.html

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