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Old 01-27-2010, 08:56 PM   #1
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I had one of those bottling nights that really makes me can't wait until I move to kegging. I have one of those plain old bottle wands without the spring. I've never had problems with it before, but last night the pin kept getting stuck and not closing. So, it would overflow the bottle and spray every where. It was a real PITA, not to mention precious beer was wasted.

I'm not sure if I didn't clean it well enough last time, but I want to make sure I avoid having this happen again. I'm doing a soak in oxyclean to hopefully get it nice and clean. However, are the bottling wands with the springs in them better? If so, I might as well pick them up, but I thought I would ask for opinions.

On top of this, a piece broke of my wing capper while I was capping. I was able to finish, but it was just the topping on the cake for the night. On the bright side, I will soon have a very tasty Irish red ale. This beer is already tasting awesome!

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Old 01-27-2010, 09:00 PM   #2
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I had that happen to me with my old bottling wand (the springless kind). It pissed me off so much that the moment the last bottle was filled I snapped the bastard in half. I picked up a spring loaded one and it has been working perfectly so far. I also like that it comes apart so you can make sure nothing is getting trapped in there.

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Old 01-27-2010, 09:46 PM   #3
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springs FTW. Just be sure to keep them clean and dry

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Old 01-27-2010, 09:53 PM   #4
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i've bottled ~36 12ers off kegs with the spring-loaded model. works great when you remember to put the spring back in when reassembled.

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Old 01-29-2010, 03:52 PM   #5
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Thanks, that's what I was hoping to hear. The old wand is going straight to the trash!

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