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Old 12-31-2008, 09:28 PM   #41
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Great writeup Revvy, but it is missing one thing. Since you didn't mention it in the original post I'll just throw this out there.

Make sure the spigot on the bottling bucket is closed before racking into it.... I seem to forget this about 1 out of every 3 bottling days.

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Old 12-31-2008, 09:48 PM   #42
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So far I have never put lables on my bottles, I just make and attach a lable to each case, but sometimes they fall off......the hanging tag looks like a really good idea, I'm going to have to give it a try.

Thats why this forum is so cool, as much as you know, or think you know, there is always someone who knows more or different things and you can pick up alot of good and helpful ideas.
Time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time...

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Old 01-01-2009, 10:20 PM   #43
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I really wish I had read this thread yesterday afternoon. I took a bunch of Apfelwein to a couple parties last night and spent quite a bit of time reselling to each person who asked about. The hanging tag would have been perfect. I have never even thought about doing hat.

I print 1" cap labels for my beers. They work well for the house but are not too appealing for gifts.

As far as bottling I still go with the hose attached to the bucket and wand. Then I set up my bottles 12 at a time on the dishwasher door, fill them all, cap them and repeat 3 more times. Or less depending on how much of a batch I (mini-)keg.
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:15 PM   #44
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just finished bottling with the help of this thread thanx revvy, we'll taste in 3 weeks

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Old 01-05-2009, 09:55 PM   #45
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Well after a year of bottling (yes I keg too) this thread has opened my eyes to the most ingenious thing ever, and it can be summed up in two words: dip tube.

Not once after the countless times of tipping my bucket have I thought to add a dip tube. I figured out the part about putting the wand on the spigot, in fact I thought everyone did it that way, but the dip tube has never crossed my mind.

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Old 01-06-2009, 10:23 PM   #46
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This is a very informative thread and will help stream line my bottling process.

Thanks Revvy!

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Old 01-07-2009, 11:15 AM   #47
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I like using a keg as a bottling bucket. It's already got a dip tube.
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:32 PM   #48
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Great post Revvy! I don't know who controls it, but this should definately be a sticky in the Beginners or the Bottling forum.

"It is sheer folly to be taken by the hand and led down the path of better brewing by someone who says that they know it all. No, it is your experience that counts most. It is your experience that will always lead you to more questions."

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Old 01-07-2009, 04:55 PM   #49
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For some people (like me), bottling will always be a chore, no matter how many people say otherwise.

I will add that it certainly isn't a necessity to bottle an entire batch if you're going to be submitting it to a competition. Using a counter pressure bottle filler or the BMBF for 2-3 bottles is a snap compared to bottling an entire batch of beer.

**edit - Oops, I just re-read this and didn't mean to detract from the OP. Lots of good bottling info here, Revvy. I just wanted to clarify that it's not necessary to bottle a whole batch just to submit a few bottles to competition.
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Old 01-16-2009, 04:20 PM   #50
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I've always bottled in the garage with the bottles on the floor and using the bottling wand (with 2-3' of hose) to push down on the bottom of the bottles.

Your technique for kitchen bottling is to have a very short hose then push up the bottles! Wish I would've done that with my last batch.

I bottled last weekend in the house 'cuz it was about 30 degrees in the garage, and I didn't cut the hose short enough so it was a big PITA!

good thread!

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