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Old 01-18-2011, 10:42 PM   #1
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Default DIY Automated bottling for under 100$ is it possible ?

I just saw a video of a guy who made a Drink maker using a microcontroller and 2 windshield washer pump.

http://www.matthewdavidwilliams.com/2008/10/17/introducing-barduino-the-ruby-powered-bar-monkey/

It made me think about using it at bottling time with beer on one side and the priming sugar on the other. Press the button and your ready to cap. Even a simpler version where you just need one pump so you put you priming sugar in the hole batch as usual...

But im kegging so i prefer individual priming because i never know how much beer is left after filling my keg.

So now for the capping do anyone have an idea about how we could automate that process for cheap... something like a DIY electric capper.

The bill so far

Arduino : 34.99$
Pump: 9.75$ X 2
Electronic part: 20.51$
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Total: 75$ 2 Pump version (65.25$ One pump version)

I was thinking about modifying a benchcapper i already have so there is 25$ left to be on my 100$ target.

Any idea is welcome !
Thanks

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Old 01-19-2011, 05:57 AM   #2
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Interesting idea... Its a good way to bottle and cap a few batches in just a few minutes. But how would you keep the bottles moving?

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That was my question as well. How do you keep the bottles moving.

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The issue with bottling isn't that the act of filling a bottle is particularly arduous, its that you have to repeat it 48 times. Sure, the microcontrolled setup is pretty slick, but its only doing 2 bottles at a time. The real trick is doing 24 bottles at a time.

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Using an unsanitary pump to mix a drink your going to drink right now is ok, I guess. Bottling beer that is going to sit around for awhile is another thing entirely. Swap out your wiper fluid pumps for peristaltic pumps and bam there goes the budget. A lower cost option might be to push the beer with CO2 and use electronic valves.

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The issue with bottling isn't that the act of filling a bottle is particularly arduous, its that you have to repeat it 48 times. Sure, the microcontrolled setup is pretty slick, but its only doing 2 bottles at a time. The real trick is doing 24 bottles at a time.
??? The link the OP posted was using two bottles as a source to mix a cocktail, it wasn't filling the bottles, it was emptying them. A local micro uses a 6 head filler, for a home brew scale filling one bottle at a time is fine, and if it is automated it is even less tedious.
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I swear someone came up with an automated bottling station and posted it on here, but it was more than 100 IIRC....if I can think of the key words I'll try to find it. It was a few years back.

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Here....

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/semi-automatic-bottling-line-141364/

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??? The link the OP posted was using two bottles as a source to mix a cocktail, it wasn't filling the bottles, it was emptying them. A local micro uses a 6 head filler, for a home brew scale filling one bottle at a time is fine, and if it is automated it is even less tedious.
whoops, I guess I didn't look at it too carefully. I get it now....

First, it seems to me that you wouldn't have to/want to bother with the mixing part of of this....why not prime first and just dispensing the primed beer into bottles? I doubt you could accurately and consistenly dispense priming super solution into each bottle.

Second, I think my other point still applies...its not the actual filling part that is the issue with bottling, its that you have to do it over and over.

I think a ghetto way to fill multiple bottles at once would be a much better way to spend $100 than a fancy way to fill one bottle.

Maybe I'm not seeing the genius here, or how this could actually be adapted to bottling home brew.
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But im kegging so i prefer individual priming because i never know how much beer is left after filling my keg.
I never understood this. I always do different size batches and mixes of different bottle sizes, etc. and never have this problem.

It's very simple:

Keg from a container with volume markings on it. When you get done kegging, look at the markings to see how much beer is left in the container, and prime for that volume.
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