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Old 04-28-2010, 05:14 PM   #481
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I tried this back in December and it seemed to work well. I intentionally didn't open one of the bottles so I'll open it soon to see how it works long term. I only ran into 2 problems: 1) I broke a picnic tap shoving the racking cane into it's end. That sucked! 2) The racking cane popped out of the picnic tap once spewing beer all over the place. That sucked even more! Ever since I broke that picnic tap I've been a tad hesitant to try this again. Any tips on how not to break the tap?

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Old 04-28-2010, 06:20 PM   #482
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Any tips on how not to break the tap?

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You might want to try to heat up both the picnic tap and the racking cane with a heat gun or hair dryer (or even some really hot water). That might give it some plasticity.

I plan on adding a bead of superglue around where they meet to make sure it doesn't pop out.
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:31 AM   #483
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I use a bottling wand, it is the right size and length.
The wand i have the spring end comes off.
And the wand fits perfectly into the picnic tap.
Things i forgot to do - chill the bottles before filling, cutting an angle in the wand and foaming to cap.
But they still turned out pretty good and i will be trying this out again on my next batch.
I like to bottle a few to take to friends so they can try my beer.
Thank you for the post.

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Old 06-11-2010, 05:34 AM   #484
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i had a broken cane (that i intended to use for the bmbf) and a good cane sitting in a bucket. after sampling a few from the keg i guess i grabbed the wrong one and started cutting an angle into the end...oops. but you know what? totally worth it!
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:29 AM   #485
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I use a bottling wand, it is the right size and length.
The wand i have the spring end comes off.
And the wand fits perfectly into the picnic tap.
Things i forgot to do - chill the bottles before filling, cutting an angle in the wand and foaming to cap.
I bottle about 4 cases a week this way.

Woot woot, on the bottling wand, thats exactly what fits in my picnic tap, I didnt use it anyway to dang slow to fill the wine bottles, bottleing bucket works better. Always chill the bottles at least in the fridge, and set the bottles in a low pan as you fill and cap on foam.

And with the money I saved not buying a stinking beer spritzer thingy I used to but 2 more referbed corny kegs. 10 more gallons of carbed beer verses some stainless gizmo.... Comon you do the cost benifit analysis......

More beer always better
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:28 PM   #486
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I searched this thread and didn't see the answer. I apologize if I missed it.

How do you cut the angle at the end of the plastic filler? I tried using a razor-blade and rolling the tube (tricky to do with an angle) but it ended up snapping and the edge of the tube is really rough. I'm afraid to use it with my beer. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm going away for a week and would like to bring some of my newly kegged Rye IPA with me.

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Old 06-21-2010, 05:32 PM   #487
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I searched this thread and didn't see the answer. I apologize if I missed it.

How do you cut the angle at the end of the plastic filler? I tried using a razor-blade and rolling the tube (tricky to do with an angle) but it ended up snapping and the edge of the tube is really rough. I'm afraid to use it with my beer. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm going away for a week and would like to bring some of my newly kegged Rye IPA with me.
I was just going to ask the exact same question! I haven't cut yet but was going to last night and got nervous. I was thinking about heating it first, but the example is so perfectly cut! I too would be curious if anyone else had a solution.
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:37 PM   #488
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I used a hacksaw. Then used an exacto knife to clean the inner edges and sandpaper for the outer edges.

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Old 06-21-2010, 05:38 PM   #489
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I also used a hacksaw (the one on my wife's Swiss Army Knife, in fact), then used very fine sandpaper to create a very smooth, clean edge. Worked great for me.

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Old 06-21-2010, 05:44 PM   #490
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Same idea: I used a coping saw and fine sandpaper.

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