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Old 04-23-2012, 03:00 AM   #791
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More than 18 months - no issues whatsoever.

Keep in mind, your capping is what will retain the carbonation!


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Old 04-23-2012, 03:04 AM   #792
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Thanks for the quick reply r2eng. I brewed the NB bourbon barrel porter, and I wanted to keg and force carbonate, and then bottle about half for aging. I'll just keep in mind ensuring I cap on foam.


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Old 05-04-2012, 09:39 PM   #793
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Hmm... Just tried to connect the racking cane and picnic tap and it cracked the tap. Should I replace the tap before trying this or do you think it will matter in the end? That is to say, as long as it isn't leaking, is it good to go?
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:53 PM   #794
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Hmm... Just tried to connect the racking cane and picnic tap and it cracked the tap. Should I replace the tap before trying this or do you think it will matter in the end? That is to say, as long as it isn't leaking, is it good to go?
you don't want a crack to allow air into the cane while transferring. The air will look like little bubbles.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:20 PM   #795
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I agree, check for air. If it isn't leaking air in, or beer out, then you're good to go.
I've cracked two picnic taps.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:46 PM   #796
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Cool. I gave it a quick check and it seems solid, but I'll make sure before I actually put beer to bottle. Thanks!
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:09 PM   #797
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I tried this last night after trying to bottle from tap using only a short length of hose. It was a bit messy, but only because I wasn't paying attention to the CO2 pressure. If it's too high, you'll end up with a beer geyser, shooting your precious liquid through any small opening it can find. Once I lowered the pressure, everything worked great.

One super easy tip that I can add (and I haven't visited all 9 gazillion posts, so someone else may have the same or better tip) is to add a large bung (the "hollow" style, like this) upside down on the racking cane that will be positioned on top of the smaller stopper. This gave me a little more rubber to push against and also serves as a barrier to stop those rogue sprays of the vertical manner.

Other than that, I discovered that the drilled stopper I picked up is slightly larger than the cane. The stoppers are super cheap, but it's annoying to have the thing slide off.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:40 AM   #798
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My take on this: I use the hollowed bung which came with my carboy upside down over the top of the bottle, instead of the recommended #2 bung in the bottle.
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It makes a nice tight seal. I just nudged it up when I needed to release pressure.

I filled 2 bottles today with virtually no foam. I followed the other directions from the first post in this thread just a different bung.

I used the racking cane from my auto siphon.

Easy bottle filling with equipment I already own!

The only problem I had was turning the bottle over with my thumb on the cap to bottle on foam. That made so much foam I lost at least 1 ounce on the first two bottles I tried. I had to do two more with out that step for the contest beers I was filling.

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Old 06-01-2012, 02:31 AM   #799
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Question to you folks, while my wife is getting the beer out of her ear and hair; what is the real purpose of the stopper and the burping? Why can't I just fill the bottle without it? It is no worse mixing with air I figure than when I start racking into a bottling bucket. If I can get away without the stopper and not spray my wife with beer again that would be great.

Thanks for any info/thoughts!
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Old 06-01-2012, 02:59 AM   #800
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I think the stopper causes pressure to build up which slows the flow and reduces the foaming. Maybe you let the pressure build too much. I am no expert. Just a guess.


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