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Beer Guns

Postby Grizz » Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:17 am

Ok I have had enough of this natural carbonating my bottled beers. I have a kegging system and hate having to split up the beer to bottle some. Now the question is Blichmann beer gun or a more traditional style like more beer sells. Anyone using a beer gun please give me the pros and cons on your gun if possible. I kinda like the looks of the blichmann but not sure it will fit all the way to the bottom of the 750 ml champagne bottles that I bottle in.
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Beergun

Postby slothrob » Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:19 pm

I've never used a Beergun, so I can't really help you there. I'm considering getting one, and some brewers seem to like them.

Have you ever tried using the tube (either flexible tubing or a racking cane works) shoved onto the nozzle of a picnic tap trick? I wouldn't want to have to fill 50+ bottles that way, but maybe it would be okay for filing ~20 750 mL bottles.

I've used this technique to fill growlers and 1 L bottles many times, and the beer was still good weeks later.
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Counter Pressure Bottle Filler

Postby river water brewing » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:10 pm

I just got the CPBF from More Beer, i have a batch that will be ready to bottle near Thanksgiving, i will give you a report at that time. Trying to give the beer plenty of time to condition in the keg, i have been bad about this in the past and rushed the carbonation by agitating the keg a lot. now i am going to give it 3 weeks under recommended pressure to fully condition for the best taste possible, plus this will give me a good benchmark to test the CPBF because when i shake the keg it always ends up a little to carbonated just making the bottling process even harder.

I used the picnic tap system for a while and could never get the counter pressure just right and would lose a couple oz's of beer for each bottle not to mention the waste and mess.
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Postby Grizz » Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:26 pm

Thanks for the info. River water brewing I would like to hear how your gun works for you. I am leaning to the blichmann beer gun.
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RE: Beer Guns

Postby wottaguy » Sun Nov 29, 2009 10:06 pm

I have used all 3 of the methods mentioned in this thread and prefer using a CPBF. I first started bottling from the keg by the racking cane in the pony tap method, which worked but was at times a bit messy. I then purchased the blichmann Beer Gun and that worked a little better. After a few bottling sessions, I decided to pick up a Counter Pressure Bottle Filler and try that out.

And I'm glad I did too!

Today I prefer using my CPBF whenever I bottle my brews. It does a great job maintaining carbonation pressure, and regulating the flow of the beer into the bottle is a cinch too. Just be sure to sanitize before using, and also to clean it out real good after using. Lately I've been bottle conditioning and haven't used the cpbf in a while. I feel that the cpbf does give the best overall end results, but you really should use what you are most comfortable with.

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Postby Grizz » Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:16 pm

I got up this morning and ordered a blichmann and a filter set up from austin homebrew.
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I agree

Postby river water brewing » Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:23 pm

i used my CPBF for the first time recently and it is GREAT!!! it was clean easy and NO foam, NONE. i recommend one for anyone that bottles a lot of their beer.
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