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Old 11-06-2012, 04:26 AM   #1
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Just wondering your guys opinions?

I am bottling tomorrow and I have heard around to fill your bottles (I have a auto filler) and than place the cap on top but wait to allow the co2 to clear the oxygen or headspace in the bottle?

Essentially am I asking - After finish filling the bottle I dont cap it right away thanks?

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Old 11-06-2012, 04:39 AM   #2
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That's what I have been told and done. I fill all bottles, place caps on and crimp/cap when all bottles have been filled.

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Old 11-06-2012, 04:41 AM   #3
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Wrong, you cap the bottles straight away. The yeast will eat the priming sugar which creates the co2 which is your carbonation.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:07 AM   #4
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Wrong, you cap the bottles straight away. The yeast will eat the priming sugar which creates the co2 which is your carbonation.
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Yeah, but the OP is talking about the CO2 production forcing out any residual oxygen before securing caps. I guess my question to that would be how much CO2 is produced during the, what, 15 minutes between your first bottle and last? And each bottle will have less time to clear O2 than the previous. You could just buy O2 absorbing caps and secure them right away.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:18 AM   #5
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When I used to bottle, I filled all bottles to the very tip top and capped immediately. Back then school of thought was told that you wanted the foam to go clear to the top of the bottle, making sure that any O2 was displaced.. "Cap on foam" as the saying went.. I usually ended wiping down every bottle, but always had fantastic results.. The foam subsided and left exactly enough space in the bottle..

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I fill until almost at the top, withdraw the bottling wand, then set aside half a dozen to a dozen bottles to be all capped at once. The first to be filled will be exposed a lot longer than the last to be filled, and I've never had a problem with this method.

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Old 11-06-2012, 06:04 AM   #7
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When I used to bottle, I filled all bottles to the very tip top and capped immediately. Back then school of thought was told that you wanted the foam to go clear to the top of the bottle, making sure that any O2 was displaced.. "Cap on foam" as the saying went.. I usually ended wiping down every bottle, but always had fantastic results.. The foam subsided and left exactly enough space in the bottle..
If your bottling off a keg for long term storage you definately want to cap on foam if you can. But doing it with priming in bottle it wont really matter, you wont have foam to begin with, or shouldnt atleast unless your oxygenating your beer by shaking.
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If your bottling off a keg for long term storage you definately want to cap on foam if you can. But doing it with priming in bottle it wont really matter, you wont have foam to begin with, or shouldnt atleast unless your oxygenating your beer by shaking.

Ahh.. Good point.. I was referring to bottling off a keg for competitions.. Forgot about straight bottling.. Damn, too many Apfelweins I guess...
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Sit the cap on after filling,pick a # when you hit that # cap them,then repeat. Find a pattern that works for you(cap every 12 pack or something). You can fill then cap right away,it just seems to slow things down to me.

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I cap every bottle after it's filled, figure less chance of accidents that way.

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