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Old 10-13-2011, 03:55 PM   #1
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I am working on a new project for the brewery that I thought you guys might like to see. Fairly simple manual bottling line. We are working on putting out 22oz bombers locally and needed a somewhat efficient way to do it.

I got a 12 spot bottle rinse device from morebeer, 2 counter pressure fillers with adjustable pressure valves on them. I took the 3 way valve off the top and replaced with just a SS T. The switch from co2 to fluid will be done with solenoid valves on the control panel so there will be no fooling around with individual ball valves.

I am going to mount the heads to drawer sliders and attach springs to the frame so the heads stay up until you pull them down into the bottles. Here are a couple of pictures of what I have done so far. I hope to have it finished within the week. I will update when it is finished and try to get a video of it in action.

In this picture you can see the broken ladder that tried to kill me. I cut it up and used the metal to frame out the system.



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Old 10-13-2011, 04:06 PM   #2
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not to hijack a thread, but i have that same ladder, what happened to it where it tried to kill you?
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:11 PM   #3
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Ha.... Wet brewery floor, coming off the loft. Ladder slipped and I hit a cabinet and our HLT on the way down. It sucked. bruised/cracked rib, black eye, and cut up legs and arms.
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:48 PM   #4
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I visited a winery while back and they rigged their counter pressure bottle filler with foot controls to make it much faster.

 
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:56 PM   #5
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Filler Heads and track are mounted. I just need to run product lines and co2 lines, and wire the solenoid valves.

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Old 10-16-2011, 01:51 AM   #6
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nice... what kind of volume will you be bottling?

 
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Old 11-07-2013, 04:21 PM   #7
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What ever happened to this bottle filler? Love the idea and would like to do something similar.

 
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It is still going. I just did some modifications to it last week. We do about 30 cases of bombers at a time on average. Works pretty good. Not really going to do high volumes with it but for the cost it is for sure a good way to get started. The next one we are looking at is a 4 head automatic filler and capper. This one ended up costing me a couple hundred dollars. The 4 head is 28k.
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:54 PM   #9
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So do you do timed fills with the solenoids? 1 button does both co2 and the beer fill?

I've seen the auto filler/capper on ebay. Slick but $$$$$.

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Old 11-07-2013, 06:31 PM   #10
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It is not a timed fill. One momentary switch for purging, then a standard switch for filling. Push on for beer. Push again for off. It is a very simple design. I have sinces switched out the pressure release devices that came with the fillers to just a simple ball valve with back flow prevention. I also put a 3 way valve on the co2 line so I can rinse the small section before the back flow of beer.
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