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So my first batch is still in the LBK on day 8 now. It's clearing nicely but still have some foam on top and still some bubbling. I see on the MR. Beer website that they sell a bottling wand. Seems like it would be a good thing to fill the bottles from the bottom up. Can I just use a piece of vinyl hose for this or maybe a really big straw? Or is there something really special about the wand they sell. Hope that's not a stupid question. Thanks

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They have a spring loaded shut off in the bottom so you don't have to keep opening and closing the valve. With a hose or straw it will be hard to not oxigenate your beer which at this point is not a good idea. Best to just get a wand or slowly down the side of the bottle.

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with the bottling wand you don't keep turning the spigot on and off it's spring loaded closes when you remove it from the bottom

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+1. Wand was one of the best purchases I made. It's great for filling bottles and, with a several foot piece of hose, great for transferring from an LBK to a priming bucket/slimline/empty LBK. Had I realized the second use, I would not have yet purchased a siphon.

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I love my bottling wand! I bottle over the dishwasher with the door open.

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The hardest part to build would be some sort of spring loaded valve system at the end of the tube. I can't think of anything that might work for that.

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"Rucka203" post=349177 said:

is there a way to build one?

For how little this costs, your efforts would be better spent elsewhere

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"RickBeer" post=349199 said:

"Rucka203" post=349177 said:

is there a way to build one?

For how little this costs, your efforts would be better spent elsewhere


+1, I like to build things too, but I would see no reason to try and build one but you really should have one.

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"berryman" post=349203 said:

"RickBeer" post=349199 said:

"Rucka203" post=349177 said:

is there a way to build one?

For how little this costs, your efforts would be better spent elsewhere


+1, I like to build things too, but I would see no reason to try and build one but you really should have one.

well we don't know what you do for a living. if you've got a machine shop at your disposal then yes you can build one, but i don't see how in a back yard shop. it's gonna cost more to do than to buy.

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"Jim Johnson" post=349206 said:

"berryman" post=349203 said:

"RickBeer" post=349199 said:

"Rucka203" post=349177 said:

is there a way to build one?

For how little this costs, your efforts would be better spent elsewhere


+1, I like to build things too, but I would see no reason to try and build one but you really should have one.

well we don't know what you do for a living. if you've got a machine shop at your disposal then yes you can build one, but i don't see how in a back yard shop. it's gonna cost more to do than to buy.


Yes that's what I was thinking too. If you have a lathe you could build one out of stainless and that would be cool, still just better off buying one and use it.

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It's something I have thought about, since I don't have a LHBS close by. Trying to come up with some DIY homebrewing stuff. I often run into more problems than I can solve, and paying for shipping is better than those headaches sometimes.

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The one I got from my LHBS is a gravity/pressure controlled one and works very nicely. It cost around $4 and about a $1 for 3 feet of tubing.

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"brewin bull" post=349356 said:

The one I got from my LHBS is a gravity/pressure controlled one and works very nicely. It cost around $4 and about a $1 for 3 feet of tubing.

+1. Cheap. I have 3. I use 1 for siphoning from the lbks to my batch priming vessel, 1 to fill bottles, and 1 because I forgot I already had 2.

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"khawk95" post=349395 said:

"brewin bull" post=349356 said:

The one I got from my LHBS is a gravity/pressure controlled one and works very nicely. It cost around $4 and about a $1 for 3 feet of tubing.

+1. Cheap. I have 3. I use 1 for siphoning from the lbks to my batch priming vessel, 1 to fill bottles, and 1 because I forgot I already had 2.

:laugh: senior moment?

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