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Old 07-22-2009, 05:06 PM   #1
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Default Bottling from taps - Perlick owners

So most of us know of the BMBF by now, and some may have seen my take on it, bottling straight from the tap:



The FisherFiller (tee hee!) Mk I used a 3/8" vinyl hose jammed into the tap's spout. This worked OK, but I was always concerned about it blowing out, and taking the spout off and jamming the hose in there was a major PITA.

Enter FisherFiller Mk II. A 1/2" vinyl hose slides over the spout and is hose clamped on. This is then adapted (through some clever but ugly hose shenanigans) to the 3/8" hose and to the racking cane. Works, but is very ugly, and has a lot of parts and crevices for bacteria to hide in.

On to FisherFiller Mk III. I've been speaking with a machinist who already makes replacement spouts for Perlick faucets. He tells me he can make me a spout with a 3/8" hose barb on the outside, and a narrower opening on the inside to help with foaming. This way I can go directly from faucet to racking cane.

Only $15 each in 304 stainless.

I told him about HBT and he said that he doesn't want to post here, but he gave me permission to post about it. He said he'll make more if there's any interest in them.

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i dunno - seems to be easier to just hook up to the keg post instead of the faucet.

Still, any way to get beer from keg to bottle successfully is worth checking out.



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i dunno - seems to be easier to just hook up to the keg post instead of the faucet.
Actually, this is the whole reason I started my quest to bottle from the tap. Once my keg is in the fridge, it's a ginormous pain to drag it out, especially if it's in the back of the fridge.



If you're using a chest freezer, it's not as much of a problem. But you still have to worry about sanitation at the keg, and making a mess when you pop the 'out' line off. I'd rather not break any connections if I don't have to.

Everyone's situation will be different, but for me it's a lot easier to just thread a different spout on a faucet and go.

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That's very similar to what I do when I take a growler or make up a few bottles. I just jam my tubing into a sanitized (squirted star-san) faucet and use a stopper over the bottle. Just like the BMBF set up, but going into the faucet and not a picnic tap.

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With a perlick forward seal you can use a corny dip tube.



Other than fill and go. I'd still be concern about bottling from it. Tap lines get bugs that will express themselves in a non-refrigerated bottle.
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Well that's neat. I guess the tube makes a seal against the faucet body?

I just opened two bottles that were bottled from the tap 5 months ago, and they were just as good as from the tap. So either I'm lucky or anal-retentive enough about line cleanliness I clean my lines with hot BLC every time I kick a keg, as soon as it's empty.

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Well that's neat. I guess the tube makes a seal against the faucet body?...
I do the same thing, but used copper, just flare the end of the tubing, and a little teflon tape around where it seats to make sure it seals and you're good to go.

Seeing that picture from wort-o-matic is what made me want to get Perlicks.
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First look! He hasn't threaded the faucet side yet:





While the stainless rod is cool, I'd rather have the flexibility (literally!) of having a hose in the line. I'm klutzy enough that I'd end up breaking something if I tried to bottle from a rigid line. Also, I can then adjust the length of the line to help with foaming.

Any other takers?

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i would be interested in one

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Yes, please!! I'd like to get my hands on a couple of these!



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