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Old 09-08-2008, 03:52 PM   #211
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Hey Biermuncher,

I know this is a shot in the dark, but do you have any of those March 07 Porters still kicking around? The age-old "Yeah but does it hold up over time?" question just resurfaced over here, and I'm wondering how those lovely almost-two-year-old BMBF'ed bottles are holding up. Given your note from 10/07, I would suspect they're doing magnificently.


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Old 09-08-2008, 09:54 PM   #212
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Hey Biermuncher,

I know this is a shot in the dark, but do you have any of those March 07 Porters still kicking around? The age-old "Yeah but does it hold up over time?" question just resurfaced over here, and I'm wondering how those lovely almost-two-year-old BMBF'ed bottles are holding up. Given your note from 10/07, I would suspect they're doing magnificently.
I opened my last bottle of 03/07 Porter a couple weeks ago during the Olympics.

It was perfect.

If the carbonation is right going into the bottle, there's no reason it should diminish.

If the beer was kegged and chilled too soon out of the fermenter, then there is likely to be residual sugars in the beer. Transferring to bottles and then letting those bottles return to and stay at room temperature will wake up the yeasties and that sugar will continue to convert to CO2 and you could have over carb'd beer.

If you have fully fermented and conditioned your beer prior to kegging/chilling, this is not an issue.


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Old 09-08-2008, 11:48 PM   #213
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I opened my last bottle of 03/07 Porter a couple weeks ago during the Olympics.
Aha! I'm really glad I asked, then! THANKS for the update!
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Old 09-13-2008, 07:07 PM   #214
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I just used the BMBF to fill some bottles and it worked perfectly.

One word of advice: even if your CO2 tank is off, make sure the picnic tap is closed before snapping the quick-connect onto your keg. Beer fountain, anyone?

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Old 09-15-2008, 11:48 PM   #215
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Just cut off the end of the racking cane (at an angle) with my dremmel, looks like I'm good to bottle!
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:13 AM   #216
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Is there a version for those who have faucets and not picnic taps?
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A picnic tap and racking cane are cheaper than a beer gun. Make the investment, you wont be sorry.(Didn't everyone start their kegging with a picnic tap?)
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Old 09-18-2008, 05:17 AM   #218
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Just in case it had not been mentioned .. A drilled universal stopper (I think that is what it is called) turned upside down and slid up a small racking cane works very well. The top of the stopper fits right over the top of the bottle and makes a nice seal... easy. May have been mentioned since I have not had a chance to read the entire thread. Most people have one of these laying around to put into the top of their carboys. If you do you do not have to order a #2 stopper (even though it would not cost anything). FWIW. Super-Dave.
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Is there a version for those who have faucets and not picnic taps?
IMHO, you really don't want to use your faucet for this because it will likely have bugs living in the spout. It's not a big deal when it hits your glass and gets processed by your gut immediately, but when it's given a chance to take hold in a bottle over a week or more, problem.

I sanitize the picnic assembly along with the bottles.
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After accidentally downgrading my racking cane into several dozen pieces of plastic I searched around my house so see what I could use for a quick fix. I connected my bottle filler directly to the tubing. The thing works great. Connect to the keg, place in the bottle and fill. I end up with the perfect amount of head space, a small bit of foam and a nice bottle of IPA.
It was a bit tricky not getting foam, primary because the beer was still at room temperature, I got around that by adjusting the PSI at bit lower and filling the bottle a few feet above the keg.
Attaching the bottle filler worked great. No drips or anything.
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