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Old 05-15-2006, 04:04 AM   #1
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When you fill a bottle with a bottle filler... the ones with the spring load on the bottom and hard plastic... do you need to fill it up a little more. Seems that when I take the filler out I get like 1 1/2 to 2 inches of head space. Since it's supposed to be more around 1 inch I add a little more in the bottle. Seems to take away the usefullness of the bottle filler.



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Old 05-15-2006, 04:20 AM   #2
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I have had this thought in the past, and if there is less then 12 oz at the end of the bottling session I start topping them off a bit. Most of the time I dont worry though. I figure commercial bottles are not even filled as much as the bottles that are not topped off.

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Old 05-15-2006, 07:27 AM   #3
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I had the same problem with my "Bottling Buddy" Too much head space!. I solved the problem by drilling a small hole in the end of the tip and inserting a long thin stainless steel screw, thereby cutting down on the displacement if the implement, and allowing me to fill the bottles "fuller"
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As I near the top, I slow down the flow and go right to the brim. When you remove the filler, you end up with about an inch of space because of the displacement.

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Like has been said, I also slow the flow down when nearing the top of the bottle. Then I fill right to the brim. If it overflows a little while filling, I wipe the top off with a paper towel soaked in vodka. That's probably an unneeded step, but what the hey....


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Old 05-15-2006, 02:43 PM   #6
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I fill mine to the brim and usually overflow a bit (and then cuss loudly). I just cap everything and then hose the bottles down in the sink before storing them...works fine, I haven't had any problems with infections or ants.

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I fill mine to the brim and usually overflow a bit (and then cuss loudly). I just cap everything and then hose the bottles down in the sink before storing them...works fine, I haven't had any problems with infections or ants.
Same here and sometimes there is a lot of foam so fill until all the foam is out.
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Well like a few days back I was filing them to the top, but with mine it's almost like I'm gettig more like 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 inches of headspace. I'm assuming that is on the air of too much right? Which is why I was topping bottles off... this is not a new problem with me actually. This bottle filler is part of my original equipment from a few years back.

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Old 05-15-2006, 06:00 PM   #9
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Nothing wrong with the extra half-inch (so long as your sanitized). You might yield one or two extra bottles that way. I let mine go to the top, then pull it out and figure it's about perfect.

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Old 05-15-2006, 06:54 PM   #10
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The techinal term for that headspace is called Ullage. One inch of space is best, but hey we are homebrewers so what's a 1/2 an inch between friends.



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