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Old 03-30-2013, 01:59 AM   #1
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Default First bottle day sucked

So I bottled my first batch tonight. Did not go like I pictured it would. First, my auto-siphon clogged and would not suck any more beer into the bottling bucket and it seemed like I was pumping more air into it than anything, also getting a lot of trub into my bucket. Then, I hit the handle on my spigot with my foot, spilling a lot on the floor. Lastly, my bottle filler clogged and and I couldn't get anymore out. Only 40 beers in the first batch. I guess I still have a lot to work on

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Old 03-30-2013, 02:11 AM   #2
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Try cold crashing

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Old 03-30-2013, 02:19 AM   #3
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I've found a little more success with holding the auto-siphon about midway in the primary and slowly lowering it into the primary as the beer transfers into the bottle bucket - only getting into the trub at the very end of the siphon process.. That's what works for me.

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Old 03-30-2013, 02:24 AM   #4
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Bottling gets better with practice. My last batch was almost painless. My first bottling session was like fighting a beer-spitting anaconda.

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My first was comically bad looking back. Beer on the floor, counter, and me. Trouble with the system and timing of bottling and capping. Starsan foam in the bottle. If it was still this much trouble bottling I would no longer be brewing. If you don't have a bottle tree and vinator I highly recommend one. It solved or eased 90% of my bottling troubles.

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It's tough, I bottled my third batch about two weeks ago and it was no easier than the first. Well, I overfilled a lot fewer bottles, and I've learned to put each empty bottle in a bowl before filling so any overfilling won't run all over the floor. Still, I had some clogs and the whole process seems like a two man job. I'm considering a fermenter with a tap on it so I won't have to siphon when bottling.

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Thanks guys! I really appreciate your advice and will adjust my bottle day accordingly. I dry hopped it and I'm thinking I siphoned up some of the hops I added 7 days ago. I know it's like anything else and I will get better with practice. I just got pissed at all my mistakes and I just had to vent for second. Thanks again!

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It's tough, I bottled my third batch about two weeks ago and it was no easier than the first. Well, I overfilled a lot fewer bottles, and I've learned to put each empty bottle in a bowl before filling so any overfilling won't run all over the floor. Still, I had some clogs and the whole process seems like a two man job. I'm considering a fermenter with a tap on it so I won't have to siphon when bottling.
Have you tried bottling over the dishwasher. I place 4-6 bottles on open dishwasher door, fill, and close the door. Very little mess that way. I stole the method from some one on here (Revvy?). But it works great.
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+1 on doing it over the dishwasher. I'm migrating to a system where I autosiphon into a bottling bucket with a spigot with a bottling wand attached. Put the bucket with spigot over the dishwasher door, open the spigot, fill bottles with the wand, close the spigot when you need to stop and cap. I need to sort out the parts - right now I just autosiphon again out of the bottling bucket and bottle from the hose end, flow controlled with a clamp. I've got enough practice with it now that it works OK.

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my for batch was just 9 bottles (1 gallon) and took an hr since then I have an auto siphion, bottle tree, vintor, and I set up bottkes one side fill put on a cap the set aside then crimp on caps after all filled.

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