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Old 12-29-2012, 05:11 AM   #651
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I love the idea of connecting the bottle filler directly to your spigot on your bottling bucket but are the plastic clamps necessary? Couldn't you just use a short section of hose that overlaps deep enough for a tight fit?
That's how mine is done, and it works great.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:59 PM   #652
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I love the idea of connecting the bottle filler directly to your spigot on your bottling bucket but are the plastic clamps necessary? Couldn't you just use a short section of hose that overlaps deep enough for a tight fit?
it IS just a short section of hose....But YOU have to decide if you think the clamps are really necessary or not.....The thing about this hobby, is that there's multiple ways of doing things, and they're all right for the person doing them....
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This is such an informative thread, I've tried reading thru much of it but it's pretty long, if this question has been answered please forgive.

I noticed that the modified dip tubes (which is an awesome idea) are very close to the bottom of the fermentor, how is this not drawing up excessive amounts of sediment?

I'm a newb with only one batch under my belt but I seem to be missing something here. Most interior dip tubes are +- 1/4 from the bottom but I had about the same volume of sediment, if not more.
Does one just siphon a bit out and then toss that first bit, and then the rest tends to come out with less sediment because the immediate area below the dip tube end has been cleared?

Help me see the light, my initial reaction was to make the dip tube 3/4 of an inch or so from the bottom, so I'm missing something.

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Old 01-18-2013, 01:53 PM   #654
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They draw up a little until a small sump hole is formed but that will settle out fairly quickly in the bottling bucket. You may get a little more towards the end so watch that too. No big deal.

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Great, that's what I was missing.

Thanks!

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You also have to realize that you don't get much sediment, if you don't put much sediment in the bucket to begin with. If you use and extended primary, OR a seconday and/or cold crash to drop as much yeast out of suspension as you can, AND you rack carefully (I tell folks don't put the bottom of the autosiphon into the trub layer forcefully to begin with, in fact hold it higher up for awhile, or clip it an inch above the trub to draw ONLY the beer, the carefully lower it down and "vacuum" the beer off the top of the trub,) you won't transfer much sediment into the bottling bucket.

I have very little sediment in my bottles, just usually a thin smear of yeast/sediment from bottle conditioning.

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Thanks for the great tips, after re-reading the initial post I was missing that you were moving from primary to bottling bucket, I assumed it was bottled straight from primary.
It all makes sense now!!

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This is such an informative thread, I've tried reading thru much of it but it's pretty long, if this question has been answered please forgive.

I noticed that the modified dip tubes (which is an awesome idea) are very close to the bottom of the fermentor, how is this not drawing up excessive amounts of sediment?

I'm a newb with only one batch under my belt but I seem to be missing something here. Most interior dip tubes are +- 1/4 from the bottom but I had about the same volume of sediment, if not more.
Does one just siphon a bit out and then toss that first bit, and then the rest tends to come out with less sediment because the immediate area below the dip tube end has been cleared?

Help me see the light, my initial reaction was to make the dip tube 3/4 of an inch or so from the bottom, so I'm missing something.
My tube extends to the middle of the bucket where the center is just a tad bit higher than the edges. The end of the tube is barely off the bottom of the bucket. Think paper thin barely. I only loose a couple ounces.
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+1 for Revvy "The thing about this hobby, is that there's multiple ways of doing things, and they're all right for the person doing them...."

Clear vinyl tubing works great for the little connector. Just cut it the right/minimum length to slide all the way up the tap and cover about 1.5 inches of wand.. Silicon tube is a little wimpy but can be used.

Those "last few ounces"? I bottle them, usually by pouring directly from the bucket into the only green bottle I prep. If that doesn't fill it I scrounge beer from the hydrometer tube (even if I've drank out of it) or off the top of settling trub. Heck, it's one more beer! One time I popped a hops cone in there...that beer was very drinkable...albeit a tad chunky.

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Those "last few ounces"? I bottle them, usually by pouring directly from the bucket into the only green bottle I prep. If that doesn't fill it I scrounge beer from the hydrometer tube (even if I've drank out of it) or off the top of settling trub. Heck, it's one more beer! One time I popped a hops cone in there...that beer was very drinkable...albeit a tad chunky.
Heh, to illustrate your point, I don't bother. I fill until the last bottle comes up short, then dump that and the clear beer from the bottling bucket into a glass, chill it, and drink it immediately. Nothing wasted either way, I just prefer the early preview (and I don't mind uncarbonated beer).
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