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Old 05-06-2009, 01:37 PM   #361
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That is correct.
Yes. I transferred the last 8 bottles of Wit from my keg to try out my gun and it worked great!

been about one to two weeks. I kept the bottles out of the fridge because there was no room. I took a few to the in-laws and popped one open...

Ugh... Is that an infection I taste??

I tried them all and they all sucked.

I guess I forgot to sanitize the bottles before and after freezing them.. I remember washing them when I took the labels off, but not sanitizing before freezing.

So should I sanitize before freezing, or try to do it after? I can't see how to do it after and still have frozen bottles for filling.
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:34 PM   #362
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Yes. I transferred the last 8 bottles of Wit from my keg to try out my gun and it worked great!

been about one to two weeks. I kept the bottles out of the fridge because there was no room. I took a few to the in-laws and popped one open...

Ugh... Is that an infection I taste??

I tried them all and they all sucked.

I guess I forgot to sanitize the bottles before and after freezing them.. I remember washing them when I took the labels off, but not sanitizing before freezing.

So should I sanitize before freezing, or try to do it after? I can't see how to do it after and still have frozen bottles for filling.

I do not freeze my bottles. I use cold tap water and StarSan in my bottle flusher that sits on top of my bottle tree. I flush with sanitizerand then hang upside down on my bottle tree to wait for filling. I fill them while still wet and they are cool enough to not cause any excessive foaming.

Could you have left some residue from washing the bottles in them and thats what casued the taste?
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:08 PM   #363
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I do not freeze my bottles. I use cold tap water and StarSan in my bottle flusher that sits on top of my bottle tree. I flush with sanitizerand then hang upside down on my bottle tree to wait for filling. I fill them while still wet and they are cool enough to not cause any excessive foaming.

Could you have left some residue from washing the bottles in them and thats what casued the taste?
I doubt it. I also bottled 1 bottle of IPA and drank that within a day or two and it was fine. Somehow I got an infection, either the bottles or the equipment and it had time to do it's nasty magic in my Wit bottles. I star sanned everything, except the bottles.

I've got a Blonde in the fridge and ready to bottling so I might try and fill a few up and perfect the process a bit more tonight. Too many things to do though.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:30 PM   #364
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My bottles get rinsed clean in hot water after consumption. (I think that is 95% of the battle right there.) Then they get an indefinite soak in a mild bleach/water solution in my shop sink. Eventually I get around to rinsing them and storing upside down in a milk crate lined with paper towels.

When I'm ready to bottle, they get one more quick cold water rinse upside down and straight to the bucket for filling.

I never freeze my bottles anymore.

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Old 05-06-2009, 07:40 PM   #365
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Is the long racking tube required? What about just cutting the working end off of a bottle filling tube and going with that 12 inch tube? Easier to store for sure!

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Is the long racking tube required? What about just cutting the working end off of a bottle filling tube and going with that 12 inch tube? Easier to store for sure!
Mine isn't that long (that's what she said), it was just born of an excess piece of equipment I had laying around.

People have modified to use a bottling wand...with the bottling plunger intact.
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Mine isn't that long (that's what she said), it was just born of an excess piece of equipment I had laying around.

People have modified to use a bottling wand...with the bottling plunger intact.

I removed the plunger, as i did see comments about that creating too much turbulance and creating foam. The wand minus the tip is 3 inches taller than a half galon growler.
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Old 05-07-2009, 04:44 PM   #368
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what about using the bottling wand with no stopper. Basically making the keg the bottling bucket with the tap left on the "flow" position?

Seems almost too easy, no?

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That's what I'm wondering, how much the stopper really does.

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That's what I'm wondering, how much the stopper really does.
The stopper provide back pressure to control the fill.
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