Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Bottling Tips for the Homebrewer
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-21-2013, 08:23 AM   #771
borden
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Posts: 320
Liked 17 Times on 13 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by agenthucky View Post
It isn't about an upper limit or lower limit.

Though theoretically you wouldn't want it to reach pasteurize temperatures because it would kill the yeast.
That's all I meant. This is definitely a RDWHAHB situation.


borden is offline
ringo8553 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2013, 06:03 PM   #772
BridgewaterBrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Bridgewater, NJ
Posts: 301
Liked 25 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 159

Default

Great thread, thanks for all the tips Revvy and others, especially the PVC elbow dip tube. Forgive me if it's been mentioned before, but one thing that slows me down when capping with a wing capper is the fear that a bottle will slip out from under the capper as I push down on it. I've wanted to try a bench capper due to this issue but have kept in mind what Revvy said that it's faster to bring the capper to the bottle than vice versa. So I built a very simple bottle holder that allows me to cap 6 bottles with the wing capper very quickly with no fear that they'll tip over (see pic). My original design was to drill large holes in plywood or thin boards and glue 2 or 3 together with spacers in between, but didn't have the right tools for the task. So this is heavier and not as elegant but works well. I considered a wooden six pack holder (because that would have other uses) but the bottles would get in the way of each other when capping, hence the linear design.


Click image for larger version

Name:	Bottling stand.jpg
Views:	1089
Size:	44.2 KB
ID:	168344  
BridgewaterBrewer is offline
2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2014, 01:02 PM   #773
roccobrews
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 42
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

E
roccobrews is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2014, 01:05 PM   #774
roccobrews
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 42
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Sorry for the mispost. Nice tips all! Bottling is a labor of love. Yes it can be time consuming, but worth it.
roccobrews is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2014, 07:03 PM   #775
Marmike600
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Manassas, Virginia
Posts: 129
Liked 18 Times on 15 Posts
Likes Given: 75

Default

I just tried the PVC elbow dip tube. 3/4 female. Problem is that it gets to a certain point of tightening (not tight enuf to get a good seal) and then it slips off the threads just enuf that if beer had been in there, it would be gushing out around the spigot. I got it to work once but it was very tenuous and I was on pins and needles the whole bottling session. Anyone else run into this?

Regular white spigot and red spigot. Tried both.
__________________
Primary:
Head Scratcher IPA Hefe, Head Scratcher IPA Hefe w/orange & vanilla, Strawberry Skeeter Pee

Bottled:
Graff, Head Scratcher IPA Hefe, Blackberry/Raspberry Skeeter Pee, Angel Flight IPA, Hop Scare IPA, Centennial IPA
Marmike600 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2014, 07:20 PM   #776
zeg
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: West Lafayette, IN
Posts: 1,218
Liked 129 Times on 111 Posts
Likes Given: 137

Default

I toyed around with a PVC elbow, but never got it to work. I also couldn't find a handy source for the elbows that did not sell them with a sticker directly applied, using some god awful glue that I could not remove without Goo-Gone. (And I'm not a fan of cleaning food preparation equipment with petroleum distillates...) I don't think I'd be able to sanitize it.

So I just go with tipping the bucket, it's such an easy thing to do I haven't bothered making any further effort to build a dip tube. I do happen to have some rubber stoppers now, so maybe I'll try with that some time.
zeg is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2014, 10:01 PM   #777
hedge_87
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: mayfield, KS
Posts: 65
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts

Default

Just wanted to say thanks for all the good info in this thread. I've only made probably a dozen or so batches because bottle turned into a nightmare for me. I would have one to many beers before starting and would end up hooking several bottles with the 3 ft of tubing I was using. Which resulted in many "man down" situations and a pissed off fiancÚ. I have been on the fence about upgrading to kegs or building a recurculating ebiab set up as my next upgrade. After getting some useful information from this tread I am pretty sure I'll go ahead and upgrade my brewery and stick to bottles for a little while longer. Thanks again! Love this hobby and this forum.
hedge_87 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2014, 10:49 PM   #778
bford
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
bford's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 533
Liked 65 Times on 52 Posts
Likes Given: 354

Default

Found the answer.... thanks for all the good info in this thread.
bford is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2014, 03:47 PM   #779
Thunder_Chicken
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: The Hinterland of the South Shore, Massachusetts
Posts: 2,101
Liked 657 Times on 461 Posts
Likes Given: 178

Default

If you have a couple sets of Fast Racks and trays, you can use them to hold your sanitized bottles. Drown the bottles or use a vinator to wet the inside of the cleaned bottles with sanitizer, and then set them in the rack. Put about an inch of sanitizer in the trays such that the lips of the bottles are submerged. The inside of the bottles stay sanitized and are closed to contamination until you pull them out to fill them. It also allows the majority of the sanitizer to drain out.
Click image for larger version

Name:	Fast Rack.jpg
Views:	496
Size:	44.0 KB
ID:	175637  
Thunder_Chicken is offline
MaxStout Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2014, 06:59 PM   #780
phug
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 1,086
Liked 140 Times on 116 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by funnycreature View Post
Thanks! The elbow is so long that I can't even turn it past probably 60░. It's a Tru Brew 5 gal bottling bucket and the spigot hole center is (just guessing here) ~2" above the bottom.
Remember to hold the elbow in the bucket in the right orientation, and then screw the spigot into the elbow, and not to twist the elbow onto the spigot that is already in place.


phug is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
bottling tips using only primary Specs Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 31 05-07-2013 12:02 AM
Any tips for first time bottling?? Vorsicht709 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 02-02-2012 04:38 PM
My first bottling day this weekend, any tips? K-Bizzle Bottling/Kegging 9 04-10-2010 11:56 PM
Bottling tips? FSR402 Bottling/Kegging 14 06-29-2007 09:56 PM
bottling 1st batch--- Any good tips? pa-in-utah General Techniques 21 04-21-2007 07:06 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS