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Old 05-14-2013, 11:44 AM   #1
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Default Kegging without bottle filler

I have a flemish i am wanting to bottle for a competition in a couple weeks. Since it is about 9 months old, I'm afraid if i try to bottle condition it, it might not take and i'll be submitting flat beer. Conversely, I could just as easily end up with a gusher or bottle bomb. I don't really have time to test it now before submitting it either. I also dont want to keg it, because i dont have a spare keg at the moment and also dont want to risk contaminating my blickman and other equipment with the crazy bugs in this thing (its awesome sour!).

I have recently made a couple carbonator caps thanks to a thread on HBT. Has anyone tried to over carbonate a beer in a 2-liter and pour it gently into bottles and cap it? Grant it that this isnt the best way, but i am wondering if it will work in a pinch.

Thanks for the input!

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Old 05-14-2013, 12:14 PM   #2
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Id think you may have oxidation issues doing that.

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Old 05-14-2013, 12:24 PM   #3
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Good point. It will only be in the bottle for 1-2 weeks leading up to the competition tho. Also, I could hit the head space with some CO2 before I capped.

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This is supposedly how Gordon Strong (most winningest home brewer ever - like Jamil) does it. He describes it thoroughly in the last podcast of basic brewing radio

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Old 05-14-2013, 12:50 PM   #5
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This is supposedly how Gordon Strong (most winningest home brewer ever - like Jamil) does it. He describes it thoroughly in the last podcast of basic brewing radio
I guess great minds think alike. I'll have to check that out. Has it been documented anywhere in written form that you know of? I'm not much of a "podcaster"
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He refers to his book "brewing better beer" but wven though I own it can't recall reading that section on this technique

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Oh - and the Basic Brewing radio "Podcasts" are also available for listening over the internet - not "Pod" required!

Go here http://www.basicbrewing.com/index.php?page=radio and click on the mp3 streaming link. Good listening in any format

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Old 05-14-2013, 01:42 PM   #8
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You could go with a sort of modified growler filler design.

Carb the beer in a 2 liter.
Get a drilled cork/stopper that fits in the 2 liter mouth.
Attached a short length of tube to the stopper and drop it into the bottom of the bottle you are filling.
Tip the 2-liter over and punch a small hole in the bottom to vent. keep your thumb over the hole to control flow and the other hand on the stopper so you don't accidentally spill beer everywhere.

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Oh - and the Basic Brewing radio "Podcasts" are also available for listening over the internet - not "Pod" required!

Go here http://www.basicbrewing.com/index.php?page=radio and click on the mp3 streaming link. Good listening in any format
Hah, I know no pod req'd..I basically meant I get bored listening to them and therefore not a podcaster. I also hate talk radio - makes me wanna stab my eardrums out with my car keys, lol. But I think I can check out a couple to get this done...thanks for the link/info.
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Billl, good idea...would prolly help with foaming if that becomes an issue.

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