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Old 03-26-2012, 02:44 AM   #761
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Did this for the first time last night with pretty good success. Seems like I always had a little bit of foam at the start when the wand is initially empty. I also had trouble finding a pressure that worked well.
I found that i had a little better success with a slightly higher pressure than what most say on here. I started around 3-5psi but seemed like i was losing some carb, 7-8 psi works real well for me, i set it wrong once at 10 and that was way too much. I also have about 7 ft of beerline before my picnic tap and im using a bottling wand i modified.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:06 PM   #762
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Wondering how well this would work on a keg carbed at room temp. I have a chilled tap system (an old cornelius President) so my kegs are sitting at room temp rather than in a refrigerator. Consequently I have to have them sitting at 28 - 30 psi to get carbed up.

Would I do the same thing as far as dropping the pressure to 5 psi and filling the bottles then take it back up to put it back on line.

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Old 03-28-2012, 01:31 AM   #763
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Spok, that sounds correct. If you stay at 30 psi you'll have a beer pressure washer instead of a bottle filler! Your beer doesn't instantly decarb so you don't have to worry about the little time spent at low pressure. You may need to be concerned about room tempt though- cold beer foams less.

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Old 03-28-2012, 04:36 AM   #764
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It comes out the tap at close to 32 F because of the chiller. I think the long small diameter cooling coils help keep the foaming down too. In fact I wouldn't mind a little more head on the pour.

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Old 03-28-2012, 05:25 PM   #765
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I didn't think you'd still go through your chiller coil with this beer gun.... If you'll still be bottling cold beer, you should be a OK.

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Old 03-28-2012, 05:57 PM   #766
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I rinsed and sanitized a little 10 oz plastic juice bottle and tried filling that straight from the tap, got about 2 inches of foam so I let the foam overflow a little then screwed the cap on tight. (wanted to take a small sample to a fellow brewer to taste) The foam settled down in a few hours leaving an inch and a half of head space in the bottle. When we poured it into glasses, got a nice head and was still carbed pretty good.

I might have to come up some tubing that will fit on/in those faucets and fill from the bottom up to see if that gets better results.

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Old 03-28-2012, 06:09 PM   #767
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I rinsed and sanitized a little 10 oz plastic juice bottle and tried filling that straight from the tap, got about 2 inches of foam so I let the foam overflow a little then screwed the cap on tight. (wanted to take a small sample to a fellow brewer to taste) The foam settled down in a few hours leaving an inch and a half of head space in the bottle. When we poured it into glasses, got a nice head and was still carbed pretty good.

I might have to come up some tubing that will fit on/in those faucets and fill from the bottom up to see if that gets better results.
Do you not have a bottling wand?
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I do, just need to find the right size tubing to adapt it to those faucets. Their ID is bigger than a picnic tap and the angle they come out at would result in spilling beer even if it did fit right in.

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Old 03-28-2012, 09:28 PM   #769
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I do, just need to find the right size tubing to adapt it to those faucets. Their ID is bigger than a picnic tap and the angle they come out at would result in spilling beer even if it did fit right in.
I know it probably obvious but, make sure to sanatize the faucet before filling, if you plan on storing the beer for any length of time. Lots of nasty stuff can live on the end of those taps.

Also I would love to see a picture of the counter top chiller setup you are talking about. I have seen you mention it in a few other threads.
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Here is the chiller. scoured the interwebs for info on it and could not find anything. Then gave up and called Cornelius and they scanned and emailed me the manual on it. Said it was obsoleted in the early '70s. Still works great though (knock on wood)

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