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Old 03-06-2013, 02:21 PM   #11
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No. Just use another fermentation bucket or carboy as your bottling vessel and your auto-siphon and bottling wand.

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Can you bottle without one: yes
Would I: No way in hell
Go here for a good bottling tutorial.


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It depends on your fermenter. The people saying no way, don't have a fermenter with a spigot. I received a few ported better bottles from my BIL with spigots. I really don't like using them, because even though I have used them several times, I still know one of these days they are going to leak and spill my precious beer.

That being said, the inside of the spigot has a tube that can be moved up or down. point it down the first few days (so it doesn't fill with sediment) then rotate it up. The yeast cake will compact under it, and you can bottle with it no problem, rotating down as you go to get all of the beer without any sediment. I keg, so bottling sugar isn't an issue.

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Old 03-06-2013, 04:07 PM   #14
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Give it a shot and see if you need it. If not, you don't need it.

My guess is you will. I xfer out of my better bottle spigot to bottling bucket and do leave behind a significant amount of trub. Couldn't imagine all of that in my bottles. Gross

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My primary fermenter is the Copper's DIY bucket. I bottled the first 3 or 4 batches right out of the fementer using the little bottler (wand). The first time wasn't so bad because I had the carb drops that came with the kit. After that I was measuring dextrose into the bottles. That was a pain in the ass.

I simply got another bucket style fermenter (no spigot), an auto siphon and a bottling wand. I find bulk priming easier but you do have a lot more gear to clean up on bottling day.

No you don't need a bottling bucket but it does have it's advantages.

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