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Old 01-02-2007, 01:36 AM   #1
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Default Bottling 1st batch tomorrow: Question...

The instructions that came with my kit specifically refer to 12 oz bottles and say to fill to an inch from the top.

My question is, since I'm using liter bottles, do I need to adjust how much I fill the bottles?

I wasn't sure if the larger volume would need more headspace or not.

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Old 01-02-2007, 02:00 AM   #2
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If you are using a bottling wand with a spring loaded tip, just fill the bottle up to the top, when you remove the wand there will be ample headspace. If you are not using a bottling wand, leave the same inch that is called for with 12 oz bottles.

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Old 01-02-2007, 03:33 AM   #3
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If you are using a bottling wand with a spring loaded tip, just fill the bottle up to the top, when you remove the wand there will be ample headspace. If you are not using a bottling wand, leave the same inch that is called for with 12 oz bottles.
I find the bottle-wand-to-top procedure to be inapplicable to liter bottles. There just isn't enough headspace up there to get good carbonation. WIth liters, I usually go about 20-30% of the way up the upper "bell" of the bottneck, which probably leaves a few inches to the top.
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Old 01-02-2007, 03:36 AM   #4
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I fill with 1/2 to 1 inch of headspace. I haven't found a reason to leave more headspace because it just forces you to use a couple extra bottles.

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Old 01-03-2007, 03:36 AM   #5
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cool, thanks for the info everyone...I just finished bottling and I ended up with about an inch in each bottle...we'll see how it goes in a few weeks

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