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Old 11-17-2010, 02:26 PM   #1
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What do use to degas in a Better Bottle?



 
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:29 PM   #2
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Same thing you'd use in a glass carboy.



You can also get them at a hardware store. They are paint stirrers.


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Old 11-17-2010, 02:33 PM   #3
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I'm a little hesitant to use those stirrings in a Better bottler- if you hit the side you could scratch it.

One thing I've done with the BBs is just use good old fashioned muscles- shake it up to dislodge the gas and then stir by hand.
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If you decide to manually "shake" a better bottle, it is recommended by the manufacturers that you use a tennis ball on the bottom of it. This helps prevent cracking of it due to flexing of the liquid in the bottle.



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Important Note: Never rock or swirl Better-Bottle carboys without using a tennis ball. Doing so will cause the edges of the bottom of the carboy to flex under great stress repeatedly and eventually cause cracks, like bending a paper clip back and forth.
There's been a few threads about it. They are a great product, but if they get oscillating there can be problems.

So be careful.
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:03 PM   #5
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That's what I was wondering as well. I am trying to figure out which way is better to go with wine. Glass Carboys or Better Bottles for the secondary and was worried a bit about scratching the sides of the better bottle when degassing. Need some input on this one!

 
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:14 PM   #6
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After using a degassing wand, a brake vacuum, and a spoon handle, it is with great pride to use this.....

(Manufacture photos)


http://www.foodsaver.com/Product.asp...=1151&pid=7077
There is also one for $19.95 but I have never tried the hand held version.

I use a hose kit similar to this one as an option but you can just hold the food saver on top of a flat bung.
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc..._&target=shelf

 
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CampFireWine, 'splain me lucy what you're doing with that setup?
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CampFireWine, 'splain me lucy what you're doing with that setup?
I use it to degas the carboys. I make lots of co2 and need to extract the co2 before replacing it with so2 on racking. I just push a button and watch. It's the easiest way. I use to run the batteries out of my drill and not get all the gas out. I also wore my hands out on a manual brake vacuum and nothing, but this flavor savor is just so great, it's way over the top.



I found a youtube video of someone else demonstrating the idea.

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remember, when you degass using a drill mounted stirrer, you're only doing short bursts.

I am finding the best technique is to get it moving in one direction first, so you get a nice swirl in the carboy, then put it in reverse on hi-speed and give it a 2 second burst. Volcano ensues.
Repeat.
There's no reason the stirrer should ever need to come close to the sides, or touch the very bottom. I insert it, find the bottom, pull back a few inches, and let 'er rip!

These are great for mixing juice into the water for concentrated kits, as well as mixing extract homebrew with top-off water for a solid OG reading.
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Campfire, that is so cool, thanks for posting it!!!!


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