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Old 01-10-2013, 01:48 AM   #1
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I bottled my first batch today. It was fun to do except that my piece of crap bottle filler kept leaking. It's the generic one with a black tip that came with my kit.


Is there ANYTHING better on the market?

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Old 01-10-2013, 01:57 AM   #2
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You can keg but if you are bottling for the forseeable future, do not fret. My first bottling experience was a nightmare but by the time I got to the third or fourth batch, I had it down to a science. I promise it will get easier, trust me. It also helps if you have a partner. Good luck!

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I've used the spring loaded version and the phils bottle filler version (black tip with loose depressor) and they both would drip a very little bit. Wasn't a big deal since I would be moving from bottle to bottle with one hand while setting caps on full bottles with the other - an occasional drip here and there should be expected.

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I take it you are using a bottling want. Possibly pick up another one and see if it doesn't leak as much.

Another solution is to bottle over your Dishwasher so that you don't get beer all over your floor.

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Old 01-10-2013, 02:05 AM   #5
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I've never had much trouble with my bottling wand. Maybe you just need a new one. Take a look at Revvy's excellent bottling primer for some good ideas.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/bottling-tips-homebrewer-94812/

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Quite often little bits of hop, or some other gunk, can get trapped in there whilst you're bottling. If you have the bottling wand connected to the spigot of a bottling bucket you can close the spigot, empty the contents of the wand into a bottle, remove the wand and disassemble the tip into it's component parts. Outer cover, plunger with small "O" ring and, depending on type of bottling wand, a spring. Rinse everything thoroughly, reassemble and sanitize then re-attach to the spigot, start bottling again and you should find that the constant dripping has ceased.

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yeah, tear it apart and clean it. Check for burrs too, and shave them down with a sharp knife. I lost the spring and there is still enough force from the column of beer to make a good seal. I waste far more beer from overflow than from leaks. They really work quite well if you don't get a dud.

Another option would be to put a clamp on the hose just above the wand. Tedious. Line them up and fill fast is what I'd do.

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I do all of my bottling over the lid of the dishwasher. I sanitize all of my bottle and set them upside down in the dishwasher, the turn individual bottles right side up for filling. While filling one bottle, I grab another and turn it right side up. Once one bottle is full, I immediately put the wand in the next bottle. Minimal drips, minimal mess.

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I use Revvy's method mentioned above and one of those galvanized garage trays on the floor for overflows. The new spring loaded wand I just got leaked a little but my old gravity one never did leak.... It seems things are backwards with me. lol

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I do all of my bottling over the lid of the dishwasher. I sanitize all of my bottle and set them upside down in the dishwasher, the turn individual bottles right side up for filling. While filling one bottle, I grab another and turn it right side up. Once one bottle is full, I immediately put the wand in the next bottle. Minimal drips, minimal mess.
This beats my paper towel blanket idea!! I will be doing this next time.
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