Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Do Bottling Wands Go Bad?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-27-2012, 04:01 AM   #1
nbrack
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 92
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 17

Default Do Bottling Wands Go Bad?

I have a couple plastic bottling wands and both will constantly drip during the bottling process. I guess the spring valve does not want to shut. Is this a normal thing or should I plan on replacing these wands every so often?

Are there higher quality wands that work better? It's not a huge deal, but, dripping a beer verses being able to drink that beer is not the most ideal you know what I mean?

__________________
nbrack is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 04:07 AM   #2
AZ_IPA
PKU
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
AZ_IPA's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: The Cold Part of AZ
Posts: 43,946
Liked 6348 Times on 5495 Posts
Likes Given: 857

Default

Mine's been dripping like crazy lately also. I'll probably just replace it soon.

__________________
AZ_IPA is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 04:11 AM   #3
whoaru99
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 1,592
Liked 124 Times on 101 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

A dripping wand is a very serious matter. You need to get that checked out.

__________________

Kegged and Carbing: Russian Imperial Stout
Drinking: Pre-prohibition Lager

whoaru99 is offline
2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 04:17 AM   #4
Dan
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Dan's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Makakilo, Hawaii
Posts: 6,406
Liked 1989 Times on 1229 Posts
Likes Given: 2809

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by whoaru99 View Post
A dripping wand is a very serious matter. You need to get that checked out.
Tetracyline and a good dose of Trobicin should fix it up.

Oops.. wrong thread.
__________________
Dan is offline
passedpawn Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 04:22 AM   #5
Doctor_Wily
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: , Michigan
Posts: 349
Liked 31 Times on 12 Posts

Default

Mine was doing that earlier today, the end had loosened up. I pushed it back on the tube and was good to go.

__________________
Primary 1: EMPTY
Primary 2: EMPTY
Bottled: super-lite
Latium Talk- A site dedicated to discussion of Latium cryptocurrency. 5 free Latium coin with sign up!

~~Updated Jul 08 ~~
Doctor_Wily is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 04:32 AM   #6
GilSwillBasementBrews
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
GilSwillBasementBrews's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Eagleville, Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,142
Liked 166 Times on 136 Posts
Likes Given: 23

Default

Might also want to check the little O-ring around the stem to make sure it isn't damaged deformed or missing altogether. Could also be reasons why it leaks.

__________________

Beer Plus Science = .....Good!!!!! By: Adam Savage

GilSwillBasementBrews is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 05:20 AM   #7
kanta
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 72
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I got the spring/nozzle area partially clogged once with some adjunct or hop material once while I was botling...took it apart, washed it out, all good.

__________________
kanta is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-30-2012, 01:04 AM   #8
masskrug
Shooting for 80%
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
masskrug's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: , Florida
Posts: 1,164
Liked 161 Times on 113 Posts
Likes Given: 75

Default

You might want to dismantle the tip and clean it. I had some hop gunk in mine.

__________________
masskrug is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-30-2012, 02:17 AM   #9
Ogri
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Osaka, Japan
Posts: 829
Liked 75 Times on 71 Posts
Likes Given: 47

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by masskrug View Post
You might want to dismantle the tip and clean it. I had some hop gunk in mine.
/\ /\ /\ /\
This +1


If you aren't already you really want to dismantle and thoroughly clean/sanitize the tip of your bottling wand before and/or after you use it.

Also, the spring inside those things isn't too great so you might get better action by removing and then replacing it the other way round. Slide the little rubber "O" ring off the plunger and give those parts a clean.

I've had times when bottling that some hop debris, or some other type, has clogged the wand, or caused the tip to not fully return and so it kept dripping/leaking, during bottling. I just close the spigot on the bottling bucket, drain the contents of the wand, dismantle the tip and flush/clean/sanitize again, reassemble and carry on. Also a good idea to have another one handy, just in case. Lets face it, they are cheap as chips and an invaluable tool.
__________________
Ogri is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-30-2012, 02:46 AM   #10
bovineblitz
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Binghamton, NY
Posts: 2,341
Liked 117 Times on 96 Posts
Likes Given: 38

Default

I lost the spring in mine, it works fine with just gravity. There's probably gunk in there preventing it from closing properly.

__________________
bovineblitz is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Gravity reading after bottling is in another league compared to FG at bottling... DoctorDuvel Fermentation & Yeast 4 02-08-2011 10:19 PM
Bottling: Hoses very hard to remove from bottling wand and auto siphon IncredibleMulk Bottling/Kegging 14 01-11-2010 07:28 PM
Hop-odor in Bottling Bucket, safe for quick bottling? CallMeZoot Equipment/Sanitation 3 01-15-2008 01:27 AM
Repost Bottling after cold crash? Bottling from keg? Robar General Techniques 16 11-08-2007 06:49 PM
Bottling day: Sediments in carboy and adding bottling sugar g0dolphins Bottling/Kegging 3 12-19-2006 08:04 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS