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« on: September 05, 2013, 08:13:05 PM »

I just spent 40 minutes trying to bottle beer out of the keg with a beer gun.  Epic fail!  Anyone have a less frustrating way?


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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2013, 09:59:00 PM »

Use the carb tabs and fill the bottles with flat beer after you keg. 

A cobra tap with a bottle filler plugged into the spout is a cheap and easy filler. Also two valves = less mess.

Yes...you will have sediment, but that is good for anything you plan to cellar. 

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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2013, 07:14:07 AM »

I hate bottling too. It's messy, wastes beer, and takes a lot of time in cleaning and prepping bottles. I would enter competitions if my beer would magically be bottled!
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2013, 07:16:20 AM »

I thought the beergun was the magical easy way to do this. If it sucks, I'm crossing it off my wishlist.  Undecided
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2013, 07:25:06 AM »

I thought the beergun was the magical easy way to do this. If it sucks, I'm crossing it off my wishlist.  Undecided
Pete, I've used a Blichmann and the "ol' broken racking cane in the cobra tap" trick. Both dripped and were messy. The beer gun was a pain to setup, but once you got going it was OK... I guess. They both leak/drip, but at least the Blichmann has the ability to CO2 purge.  Tongue  I would never buy one though.

I also tried using one of those growler filler extender tubes you put in a perlick faucet. Holy crap was that a bad idea with my tower setup. Not nearly enough room under the tower to maneuver and I still got leaking.
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2013, 07:31:23 AM »

I'll start off with I have never tried to fill bottles.

The flow control Perlicks sure make filling growlers easier. Can't help but think they would be better for bottles.
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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2013, 10:01:10 AM »

I agree, bottling is a pain in the ass.

The best way I've found to bottle from a keg is to jam a piece of hose, long enough to reach to the bottom of the bottle, on to the faucet. I've had the best luck with a small diameter hose that will fit tightly inside the faucet, although a fatter hose that fits outside works okay too. Bleed the pressure off of the keg until it has 2 or 3 pounds, adjust your regulator to the same, then fill away. I fill until the beer is at the top of the bottle, then when I pull it off of the hose, the head space is just about right. Cap right away.

Like Derek said, filling from a tower this way is a pain. I have some taps on the front door of a fridge that work well for this method since there is plenty of room below.

One other way -- I have one of those adjustable Guiness taps for nitro, it has a big knob on the back to adjust the flow. That works pretty well for filling a growler to go with minimal hassle. Just remove the restrictor screen, then dial it down and fill.

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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2013, 10:05:17 AM »

The flow control Perlicks sure make filling growlers easier. Can't help but think they would be better for bottles.
That is actually a good idea to try.
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2013, 01:49:55 PM »

The flow control Perlicks sure make filling growlers easier. Can't help but think they would be better for bottles.
That is actually a good idea to try.
Yes, then you don't have to bleed the pressure off of the keg.
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