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Old 02-02-2012, 08:06 PM   #741
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Has anyone tried a similar set-up using a bottling wand? I'm looking to make a beer gun for filling a few bottles at a time (I'll never bottle an entire batch from a keg). My thoughts were to use a spare disconnect, attach some serving line, then attach a bottling wand to the end. Has anyone tried this before? Seems like its simple and should work.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:11 PM   #742
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Has anyone tried a similar set-up using a bottling wand? I'm looking to make a beer gun for filling a few bottles at a time (I'll never bottle an entire batch from a keg). My thoughts were to use a spare disconnect, attach some serving line, then attach a bottling wand to the end. Has anyone tried this before? Seems like its simple and should work.
Thats what I did. I think its the same diameter as the racking cane. First time I didn't have a problem, but the second time (see my earlier post) it split the picnic tap. So just be careful

 
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:21 PM   #743
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Thanks. I'm gonna make an attempt at this soon.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:20 PM   #744
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I tried using a bottling wand and still got a lot of foam, but I was only using a few feet of 1/4" hose. I think the valve at the bottom caused a lot of turbulence at the higher flow rate I was using.

Going to try again sans bottling wand with 10' of 3/16 hose for serving and for bottling as well. I was also just using the inner portion of an auto-siphon. I picked up a racking cane for a few dollars that I'll shorten and angle the bottom of as well. I have high hopes!

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Old 02-09-2012, 02:47 AM   #745
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This works great for me thanks so much for the post. I made a slight change to mine. I found that depressing the bung to release pressure was a problem as it did not leave me a free hand to drink with!. I fixed this by inserting a regular sewing needle down the side of the racking cane within the cork. This tiny vent gives me perfect fills. I get fantastic results. slow steady fils and guess what? .... I can drink with my free hand !

 
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:33 PM   #746
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This works great for me thanks so much for the post. I made a slight change to mine. I found that depressing the bung to release pressure was a problem as it did not leave me a free hand to drink with!. I fixed this by inserting a regular sewing needle down the side of the racking cane within the cork. This tiny vent gives me perfect fills. I get fantastic results. slow steady fils and guess what? .... I can drink with my free hand !
thanks for the excellent tip! I will definitely try this next time...
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:25 PM   #747
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This works great for me thanks so much for the post. I made a slight change to mine. I found that depressing the bung to release pressure was a problem as it did not leave me a free hand to drink with!. I fixed this by inserting a regular sewing needle down the side of the racking cane within the cork. This tiny vent gives me perfect fills. I get fantastic results. slow steady fils and guess what? .... I can drink with my free hand !
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:55 AM   #748
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Were any of you guys able to do this without making a mess? It took me a few tries to cap on the foam w/o getting beer foam down the bottle. I had to wash the outsides of my bottles.
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Old 02-11-2012, 04:19 AM   #749
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I do fill to foam comes out my little needle in the cork. I just use a large plastic container ($5 in target) and I fill my bottles in there. I use another as a Bath for the One step and I rinse in iced water before I fill them. Mess is there but its minimal. If I bottle 5g this way I lose under half a pint in spilage.

 
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:00 PM   #750
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I didn't read this whole thread, but basically I am going to try a similar approach. There are these tiny CO2 cartriges for planted fish tanks with a little valve and a tube that you can place through a stopper to purge your bottles of air with a stopper on top. Then you shouldn't need to worry about tightly sealing your bottles as you fill, just dispense the beer slowly with a cut racking cane/picnic tap through an inverted carboy stopper and lift up slowly as the bottle fills, once it slightly overflows it should be just carbon dioxide left on the head. I'm trying it out for a couple of comtest beers this week, if it works I'll post some pics (by works I'm letting them sit a month before opening and compare it to bottle conditioned beers of the same brew).

 
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