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Old 02-15-2010, 04:39 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm pretty new to brewing and just have a general question about bottling. I have been using an auto-siphon and bottling wand for my bottling, and was wondering why this is done in this way. After fermenting in primary, I rack to a pot with priming sugar, then use the auto-siphon and wand to bottle from the pot. Why is using a wand preferred over just pouring the wort into the bottle using a funnel? I'm just curious what effect this would have on the finished beer.

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Old 02-15-2010, 04:44 PM   #2
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my 2 cents...

#1 = convience
#2 = (only guessing), less agitation therefore reducing chances of oxidation
#3 = takes the guess work out of headspace...when bottle full remove wand and wahlaa, perfect amount of headspace.

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The real answer is: filling the bottles from the bottom up reduces the risk of oxidation.

The other answer is: Try filling bottles without a bottling wand.

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When you fill the bottles from the bottom up, it won't splash and oxygenate the beer. You COULD pour the beer into the bottles if you wanted to but you would need to pour slowly down the side of the bottle to keep it from splashing.

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Thanks bferullo, robbiex0r and bknifefight, you guys completely answered my question.

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You would also need Popeye arms to hold a 5 gallon batch while pouring into those tiny bottles slowly.

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mainly because you don't want to oxidize your beer when its going into the bottles. Plus, it just simply makes sense... I couldn't even imagine putting a funnel into each bottle and pouring or siphoning/stopping it in each bottle. That would make a mess and take forever!

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mainly because you don't want to oxidize your beer when its going into the bottles. Plus, it just simply makes sense... I couldn't even imagine putting a funnel into each bottle and pouring or siphoning/stopping it in each bottle. That would make a mess and take forever!
I don't have a wand or a spigot on my bottling bucket. I do plan to get that sorted out eventually, but for the time being I bottle by pinching off my siphon. By myself it would be either impossible or very slow going, but with a friend we can get into a pretty smooth rhythm and keep the mess to a minimum.
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I don't have a wand or a spigot on my bottling bucket. I do plan to get that sorted out eventually, but for the time being I bottle by pinching off my siphon. By myself it would be either impossible or very slow going, but with a friend we can get into a pretty smooth rhythm and keep the mess to a minimum.
My hat goes off to you man! I am a complete slob when I use a bottling wand I could not imagine if bottled using your method but hey, if it works then more power to you!
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Best advice I've found in using a bottling wand, is to just attach it directly to the spigot (just cut like a 1-2 inch piece of tubing and connect it right up to it). This way you just simply put the bucket at the edge of a table with the wand pointing down, then place your bottles up into the bottle wand... and pull down when done.

So much easier than using 6 feet of hose

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