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Old 06-21-2010, 04:44 PM   #491
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I used this method to fill a lot of bottles, and it was doable. My biggest issue was all of the beer that I'd lose when it leaked out of the racking cane piece after filling one. I borrowed a friend's Beer Gun and bottled a few cases with it really quickly... and lost almost no beer. I ended up buying the beer gun. This method does work, and is great on a budget... but the Beer Gun makes the whole process a *lot* easier.

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Old 06-21-2010, 04:49 PM   #492
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I used this method to fill a lot of bottles, and it was doable. My biggest issue was all of the beer that I'd lose when it leaked out of the racking cane piece after filling one. I borrowed a friend's Beer Gun and bottled a few cases with it really quickly... and lost almost no beer. I ended up buying the beer gun. This method does work, and is great on a budget... but the Beer Gun makes the whole process a *lot* easier.
Could you not just allow the "wasted" beer to drop into the bottle and so then you wouldn't lose any?

Perhaps I am misunderstanding.
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Old 06-28-2010, 02:05 AM   #493
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I am wondering if instead of the picnic tap and racking can, you could just attach a bottling cane to 7ft of line and the stopper of course.

OR can the stopper too but pre-fill your bottles with a little CO2. I was thinking you could just blow a little cO2 in each bottle or toss a bunch of bottle in a tub and melt a cube of dry ice in said tub, gravity should allow the CO2 to enter the bottles and expel the oxygen.

At worst you should only loose a wee bit of carbonation, so perhaps over carb, just slightly before hand.

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Old 06-28-2010, 03:59 PM   #494
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I used this method to fill a lot of bottles, and it was doable. My biggest issue was all of the beer that I'd lose when it leaked out of the racking cane piece after filling one. I borrowed a friend's Beer Gun and bottled a few cases with it really quickly... and lost almost no beer. I ended up buying the beer gun. This method does work, and is great on a budget... but the Beer Gun makes the whole process a *lot* easier.
It does take some practice. First time I wasted about half a beer filling a sixer. Now, I can do the bottles over a towel, instead of a bucket, and not loose more than a drop.
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It does take some practice. First time I wasted about half a beer filling a sixer. Now, I can do the bottles over a towel, instead of a bucket, and not loose more than a drop.
Is there a method you'd recommend?
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:33 PM   #496
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Haven't read the whole thread in quite a while. Basically I do what BM said to do from the beginning. I don't chill the line or bottles, other than using star-san mixed up with cold water. I dial down the pressure and fill away. When foam comes out I quickly move to the next bottle. I guess the secret is having everything available in arms reach, with minimal time between bottles. Like I said, I think practice is key.

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Old 07-15-2010, 06:41 PM   #497
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This may be a dumb question. I've got my cascadian IPA kegged in my fridge and I plan on bottling the last 2 gallons I have left with the BMBG (I live in NYC so no room for a keggerator). Question is, after they're bottled, do I have to store the beers in the fridge, or can I store them at room temp? And what is the final word on the shelf life of the beers with the BMBG?

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There is no final word But you can store them at room temp. I have had beers bottled up to a year so far using this method with no discernible loss of quality.

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It certainly seems cheaper, but the one thing that the beer gun allows that this setup doesnt is the ability to fill your bottle with co2 prior to filling. This seems to me that it would push out the oxygen and thus extend the shelf life of your beer, would it not? Or does it not make that much of a difference?

Im in the market for something like this so all advice would be appreciated

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Forgive me if you guys have already answered my above question 1000 times, I didnt really read most of the responses on this thread due to its length

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