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Old 11-10-2011, 06:53 PM   #1
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After about 25 gallons brewed, I think I finally have a comfortable bottling set up. I have a fairly small kitchen, maybe 7'x15', but the set up works pretty well and very little beer is wasted.

First I siphon the brew into my DIY bottling bucket, complete with dip tube (a la Revvy), usually around 2oz eludes me. I prop it up using old univeristy text books (I knew they would come in handy on day).

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Then I set everything up on my counter top, I have the bottling tree to my left, may caps in a pitcher full of sanatizer to my right. Bottle rinser and a few extra bottles if I end up with more than I expect. A mug of homebrew to enjoy while bottling (mug is straight from Germany ) Finally a glass underneath the bottling wand to catch any drops (which I drink once I'm done).

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Behind me to my right is my capping station, a pantry cart from Ikea. I like to use a wing capper so I can line them up and cap 5 or so, then line up some more and cap them. I use a file crate for storage, I can fit 29-30 bottles in each crate. Found them at Staples for $9 each.

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Before I store them, I will dry off the cap and place a colour coded sticker (circular avery stickers, found again at Staples) on the top of each so I don't suprise my self, or more importantly, SWMBO.

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you may be comfortable with your bottling setup, but I'm definitely NOT comfortable with those green bottles!! LOL

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Glad you found a set-up that works for you.

But I have to say that the green bottles make me shudder...

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Hmm... I've never thought of attaching the bottling want directly to my bottling bucket spigot... How do you attach it to it? Do you just use a small piece of hose?
I generally keg, but mostly because bottling is the WORST! That configuration may help!

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Hmm... I've never thought of attaching the bottling want directly to my bottling bucket spigot... How do you attach it to it? Do you just use a small piece of hose?
I generally keg, but mostly because bottling is the WORST! That configuration may help!
thats how I did mine
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This is a sticky about the process:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/bottling-tips-homebrewer-94812/

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Glad you found a set-up that works for you.

But I have to say that the green bottles make me shudder...
So are the two of you the kind of people that keep your bottled homebrew near a light source or out on the counter all the time? I bottle in green grolsch and champagne bottles ALL the time. It makes no difference as long as the bottles are kept in a dark place. I keep all my brown bottles, and *gasp!* green bottles in their boxes in a closet waiting to get into the fridge.
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Heh heh, I know, I know..... green bottles, but I take precautions, they get fully covered by towels and stored between solid objects on three sides. No light in the beer fridge either, so they should be pretty safe.

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yeah thats exactly what i did, just put a piece of hose on the spigot and attatch/remove the wand when needed.

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as long as they don't see sunlight, you're OK! LOL

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