I know a lot of folks say the Blichmann Beer Gun "isn't as easy as it looks," but in the Youtube videos I've looked up, and at the brewery last week watching them fill with one, it looks like a dead easy solution -- no foaming, even if the bottles and gun aren't kept perfectly chilled. Meanwhile, I've been futzing around with my picnic tap/air needle/bottling wand contraption for a few months, and I find it a bit irritating; I've now had three picnic taps from two different stores start leaking after a use or two, making it impossible to use for bottling -- the small leak keeps letting pressure into the bottle, and you just can't get a "perfect" fill. Makes bottling for a comp frustrating.
As far as I can tell, if you omit the CO2 aspect of the beer gun, it's just a bottling wand with a trigger valve. I already flush my bottles with CO2 and a spare air line, so would a racking cane, valve contraption and disconnect not do more or less the same thing?
Or, should I just pony up to $100 and buy the Beer Gun?
Fermenting: American Stout
Kegged: Biere de Garde, Premium American Lager, "May Day" Belgian Pale Ale, "Witty Retort" Light RyePA, "Spring Break" Marzen
Bottled: "Sh!tshow" Schwarzbier, Maibock, Saison, Kolsch