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Old 04-30-2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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I've been having difficulties filling bottles and growlers from my kegarator. I tried two types of tubing this far. I got a large ID tube that fits snugly over the faucet outlet with fittings to reduce the tube size as it enters the bottle. The other tube I used was a small tube that will fit inside the faucet outlet. I had to cut the ends do it comes to a point and really work at getting it into the outlet.

The small tube works better as less foam goes into the bottle but it is a pain to get it fit into the outlet. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to use to fill bottles from a kegarator that won't fill to much foam?

Also, i don't get a lot of foam when filling a glass.

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Old 04-30-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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I know there will be debate to follow but, I just bought a Blichmann Beer Gun to bottle my kegged beer. I love it! I was able to quickly drain 2 of my seldom imbibed kegs and make room for my incoming IPA series.

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Is the bottom of the tube on the bottom of the bottle? You should fill from the bottom up to avoid excess foaming.

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Yes, the bottom of the tube is at the bottom of the bottle. Beer gun is nice, but I want to be able to quickly fill from the faucet on a moments notice rather than disconnect everything and attach the beer gun. I have never used a beer gun, but I imagine you need to do some disconnecting.

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If you have Perlick faucets, do a search for the Bowie Bottler - it's a neat little attachment that a HBT member has come up with that fits the bill nicely. Aside from that, there's really not a good way to fill a bottle off the tap without foaming like crazy.

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Old 04-30-2012, 07:40 PM   #6
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I know there will be debate to follow but, I just bought a Blichmann Beer Gun to bottle my kegged beer. I love it! I was able to quickly drain 2 of my seldom imbibed kegs and make room for my incoming IPA series.
Another reason to add to my list of reasons to get one!
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One reason to not try bottling off your faucet if you plan to shelve the bottle for more than a week is that of sanitation. I much prefer applying some counterpressure such as in the BMBF.

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Old 04-30-2012, 08:43 PM   #8
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I use a seperate beer line connector for bottling. I just push the bottling wand up into the little black faucet then purge the keg of ALL pressure...you only want 1-2 psi for this. I also remove the spring shut-off valve from the bottling wand. It works great and there are no valves to manipulate.

This beer line is cleaned and sanitized before every use.

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One reason I use priming sugar when I keg and fill a dozen or so bottles from the keg then, using the keg as a bottling bucket. You need to plan ahead a bit to give the keg time to condition, but save some CO2 since you only need it to serve. And you have a stash of bottles for storing/sharing/trading.

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