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Old 11-17-2012, 10:58 PM   #11
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Thanks. I do have a bottling wand but hasn't bothered with it in the past as it looked so convenient to just put a bottle up to the spigot and pour it in. Does this harm the brew by adding too much air or something?
Yes you are introducing oxygen to the bottle which can cause off flavors.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:00 PM   #12
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Appreciate the input guys, I've an auto syphoner that I haven't used yet so this looks like the right time to crack it out and swap buckets.

In terms of timing, should I wait Til fermentation is complete then swap, sanitize and swap back on same day and bottle, or should it rest in between all that movement?
Personally if it were me I would siphon to other bucket, clean/sanitize spigot bucket, siphon back to spigot bucket, bottle. All the same day.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:24 PM   #13
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Personally if it were me I would siphon to other bucket, clean/sanitize spigot bucket, siphon back to spigot bucket, bottle. All the same day.
Or, after carefully siphoning to the "other" bucket, instead of doing everything the same day use that "other" bucket like a secondary fermenter, let the beer sit a day or three, cold crash if possible to clear up and then transfer to the spigot bucket. Then bottle from the spigot bucket like Doctor Wily suggested. You may even want to consider the careful transfer of the beer before f.g. is reached so that you get a blanket of CO2 on top of your beer. I think I would probably do something like this just to minimize the sediment in the bottle. I don't bottle too much though, so check with others here - maybe someone will chime in about what I've said. I think in theory it should work.
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my only concern with it staying in the other bucket for an extended period of time would be all the head space assuming it's a 6.5 gallon bucket. I'd probably just let it age a little longer in the bottle to let it all settle. Like you're saying though, if there was some fermentation activity still going and could produce a CO2 blanket, that would possibly work.

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I am fortunate enough to have an extra CO2 bottle/regulator or two in the brewery so I would/could hit it with a blanket of CO2 and rack onto CO2. Oxygenation in a big open bucket is definitely a concern though. On a side note I have found that long after airlock activity has ceased there usually is still lots of CO2 in suspension in the beer itself. How much protection that offers is kind of hard to figure - it's all theoretical AFAIK. Plus, a significant amount of CO2 that was suspended in the beer may be released with any transfer. Some things to consider...

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This is the way to bottle and Revvy's the "man".

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Yes you are introducing oxygen to the bottle which can cause off flavors.
Yes, as was mentioned. Do NOT hold it up to the spigot and pour it in! Use a bottling wand (best) or at least a piece of tubing so you fill from the bottom of the bottle. Oxidized beer doesn't taste good, and it goes stale very fast. After all that work making the beer, it's silly to risk the whole batch due to not having a $2 bottling wand.
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