I am currently making a system to do 150L batches, and as such I need to upgrade by bottling bucket and polypropylene hose with a tap to something that can bottle a batch of this size in a reasonable time frame.
I have seen at a local microbrewery, they have a machine which has four nozzles. To fill the bottles, you put a bottle up to each nozzle, push the bottle into the nozzle, when you do this the nozzle moves upward, then rest the bottle for about 10secsin there, and it fills the bottle automatically with the right amount of beer.
Does anyone know what one of these machines is called, how it works, where you get them and how much they cost? Any info would be great.
I have seen people talking on this forum about "spring loaded fillers" which kind of sounds a bit like what I saw at the microbrewery. Could someone explain how they work, whether or not they fill the bottle to a pre-determined level or not and how much they cost?
I suspect that the type of filler at the local micro-brewery will be out of my price range, but at the same time, it looked very simple and it could possibly turn out to be something I could make myself, if I knew how it worked.
Either way, I am open to suggestions for any equipment between a bottleing bucket with a hose and the stuff at the local microbrewery.