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Old 11-24-2008, 08:26 PM   #1
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How high do you fill the bottle? All the way to the top?

I am going to use the "low-psi, hose-on-the-tap" method. If I left headspace in the neck of the bottle wouldn't that encourage CO2 to come out of suspension, flattening the beer?

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Old 11-24-2008, 09:05 PM   #2
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I fill about to the very top, then pull out the racking tube = perfect fill(usually). I'll roll the bottle just a bit to generate a little foam, then cap on top of the foam.

the beauty of that is that most if not all the 02 is forced out of the bottle pre-capping. Then, after the cap is on and the foam dies back down, perfect headspace, no O2.
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:30 PM   #3
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SilverKing, are you filling from the keg? I am specifically wondering about bottling already carbonated beer - if I leave headspace, will it promote a flat beer over time?
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:38 PM   #4
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yep. bottling carbed beer from the keg. The head space left in the bottle isn't enough room for the beer to de-gas. By the time I cap it, the neck is essentially full of CO2 already. Once I cap it, not much more leaves the beer.

It helps to have cold lines, and ICE cold bottles to fill. Keep the CO2 in the beer during the process. works great.

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slow, controlled fill
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= great bottled beer right from the keg
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:40 PM   #5
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SilverKing, are you filling from the keg? I am specifically wondering about bottling already carbonated beer - if I leave headspace, will it promote a flat beer over time?
I don't strive for any headspace when filling from a Keg - I wind up with maybe 1cm. Not from the point of view of "flattening the beer" which I don't feel is a significant problem but for eliminating as much oxygen as possible. Headspace provides a good shock absorber when bottle conditioning (ie protection against bottles breaking if you overprimed) but is not needed in pouring off a keg except for a very small space (about one cm) for thermal expansion.

 
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when I fill for my own consumption, I don't sweat the head space too much. However, when filling a bottle for competition, I try to "make it look good".
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Any need to sanitize bottles if planing on drinking that night, I plan on doing the bottle fill from keg for the first time tonight to take to a friends. Just gonna do 6, Most likely gonna drink all 6. Plan is just to rinse bottles. No Sanitizing. seem ok?
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I would say that if you plan to drink that evening then sanitizing is probably not needed as long as they are clean...
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Any need to sanitize bottles if planing on drinking that night, I plan on doing the bottle fill from keg for the first time tonight to take to a friends. Just gonna do 6, Most likely gonna drink all 6. Plan is just to rinse bottles. No Sanitizing. seem ok?
yeah, no worries. just clean 'em good.
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Woot woot, This hobby rocks my socks, and I would be bottle condition bad extract beers (or not brewing anymore) if it wasn't for HBT.
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