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    Default Bottling question

    For all my bottling up to now I have used one of those fancy doodads that connect to tubing wherein pressure on the filling apparatus in the bottom of the bottle allows the product to flow. I think this is called a "bottle filler". Well today mine seems to have sprung a leak, it shoots out the side about halfway up the device (not on the tube, just on the actual spring loaded thingy). So for now, I am bottling straight from the spigot on my bottling bucket.

    My question for those of you here, do you have any experience bottling direct from the bucket? Did you notice any off flavors?

    I've heard that "oxygenation" at this stage can be detrimental, that is my concern.

    Thank you.
    RNB

    And just to brag a little, I've got a white and a red muscadine wine started this week, along with a 2nd run red (I addded water and sugar to red grapes after the first pressing). I have 35 gallons of Nobles fermenting on the skins. There is more to pick. I am bottling some reds from kits, 7 gallons of last years muscadine red blend, a 2010 muscadine white (too dry, needed sugar added so I gave most of this away). All in all, still need to bottle 7 more carboys, hence the importance of the question.

    Burp

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    Default Re: Bottling question

    I bottle straight from my bottling bucket, but it has one of those bottle filler things you speak of. I have not had any issues. I do not think the way I do it causes any oxidation issues. If I were you I would just buy another bottle filler thing. I do not think they cost all that much.

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    Default Re: Bottling question

    So I use a bucket with a honey gate on it. So I dont get the bubbling like you do. Just get a bucket and install a honey gate on it. Warm the honey helps also. Maxant sells them pretty cheap. I just ordered a half dozen of them.

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    Default Re: Bottling question

    Quote Originally Posted by EastSideBuzz View Post
    So I use a bucket with a honey gate on it.
    They were talking about bottling mead and, I think, you are referring to bottling honey. Very different beasts.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    Default Re: Bottling question

    Quote Originally Posted by nursebee View Post
    So for now, I am bottling straight from the spigot on my bottling bucket.
    Why not at least keep the hose attached to the spigot and fill the bottles from the bottom up? The fillers are only a couple bucks!

    http://www.perfectbrewingsupply.com/...-Operated.html
    Regards, Barry

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