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Old 04-11-2006, 05:10 PM   #1
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I'm using the standard gravity bottle filler that came with my kit and 2 or 3 times during each bottling session it sticks open loosing precious beer. My question is does this happen with the spring loaded filler? Also, what's up with the Phil's Philler? It's a lot more money, is it a lot more better?
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Old 04-11-2006, 05:32 PM   #2
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Here is a link to a good article on bottling by Ray Daniels:

I still occasionally use my 12 year old red tripped, plastic filler. It is spring loaded and works really well. And iit cost something like $2.
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Old 04-11-2006, 05:35 PM   #3
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You might have some dried up trub in there around the little valve. They're pretty sensitive about that. Try soaking it overnight in oxy cleaner, PBW, or strong bleach solution if you don't have something better.

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Old 04-11-2006, 06:06 PM   #4
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I've only used the spring loaded type. I've had no problems with it yet. It does drip quite a bit when not pressed down but that's not a huge deal.

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Old 04-11-2006, 06:46 PM   #5
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i use the gravity one with no stickage - it does drip - but i use a towel underneath my bottling area. the spring activated one i heard lends itself to rustage.
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Old 04-11-2006, 07:05 PM   #6
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i agree with the suggestion of giving it a good soak.
i use the gravity type and while it seems flimsy and drips a little, i haven't had any actual problems with it yet.

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