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I've bottled 6 batches using the LBK and a bottling wand.  In two instances, the tubing has let go at the spigot end connected to the LBK.  Any tips on keeping in on there?  I periodically check through the bottling process but a tug on the tubing can cause it to let go at the spigot.  My wife / brew helper is not too keen on brew spilling on hard wood kitchen floor.  :-(

 

Bottling activities may be relegated to the basement!  :-)

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You may need to replace your tubing adapter as it may be stretching too much to stay on. Fortunately, you can pick up food grade tubing at any local hardware store for cheap. A couple bucks will get you a nice length so you can have several replacement adapters. The tubing we use is clear vinyl food grade tubing, 5/16" ID x 7/16" OD. The OD doesn't matter much as long as the ID is 5/16" (though the 7/16" OD is perfect to fit in the SnapTap spigots of the Brewmax 2G and 6G fermenters). Fresh tubing should fit nice and snug.

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3 hours ago, KaijuBrew said:

I've bottled 6 batches using the LBK and a bottling wand.  In two instances, the tubing has let go at the spigot end connected to the LBK.  Any tips on keeping in on there?  I periodically check through the bottling process but a tug on the tubing can cause it to let go at the spigot.  My wife / brew helper is not too keen on brew spilling on hard wood kitchen floor.  :-(

 

Bottling activities may be relegated to the basement!  :-)

That is why I bottle into the sink. I use mostly PET bottles.

The wand is convenient for getting right level in the bottle, and many people like it but I don't use one.  The LBKs I can bottle right into a bottle held slanted in the sink. The 2Gal Brewmax is not easy to do that with as it has no spout. So I cut 1.5 inches off my wand and use that as a spout on the Brewmax spigot. I had to put the Brewmax raised up though to get space for the bottle in the sink.

 

I have no problem estimating level in the bottles and controlling the spigots.

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22 minutes ago, Ron Howard Dawson said:

This thread is about as exciting as Mr. Beer announcing their Irish moss sale. It really blows.

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I bottle on the kitchen sink over the open dishwasher door. Any spills are easily cleaned up by running a rinse cycle on the dishwasher.

 

Josh is spot on. A 1 foot length of food grade tubing will make enough adaptors to last quite a while. 

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I bottle similar to Nick.  LBK on kitchen counter beside sink, spigot over the sink.  Any drippage gets rinsed down the drain.

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A bottling wand, with a length of tubing as describes, guarantees a perfect fill every time.  And it's EASIER than shutting the spigot off and on repeatedly.

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all my old bottling wands have been converted to spell casting wands, when I go to the wizards conventions I really impress fellow apprentices as myself when I show them the spring release tips!!! it kinda like a rocket boost for the spell being cast! Thanx Mr. Beer for the wands!!!

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3 hours ago, RickBeer said:

A bottling wand, with a length of tubing as describes, guarantees a perfect fill every time.  And it's EASIER than shutting the spigot off and on repeatedly.

 

I'm not sure what kind of spigot you use, but having to move my finger about 3/4" doesn't really cause me problems enough where I need to seek out easier solutions.

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3 hours ago, RickBeer said:

A bottling wand, with a length of tubing as describes, guarantees a perfect fill every time.  And it's EASIER than shutting the spigot off and on repeatedly.

Oh and Rick made a typo, Rick made a typo, Rick made a typo! :)

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21 hours ago, Ron Howard Dawson said:

This thread is about as exciting as Mr. Beer announcing their Irish moss sale. It really blows.

WHAT?     Another sale I missed......................

Well you know what they say, "A rolling brewer gathers no Irish moss."

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1 hour ago, Nickfixit said:

WHAT?     Another sale I missed......................

Well you know what they say, "A rolling brewer gathers no Irish moss."

 

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Perfect fill, no aeration...

 

Typo while traveling on vacation doesn't count...

 

 

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Good tips!  I especially like the one about bottling over an open dishwasher.  I do like how the wand works as far as a smooth fill of the bottles.

 

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Okay - reporting back after bottling a batch of "Voodoo that you do" using a shortened length of tubing over the open dishwasher door.  Genius!  Success!  Now I just have to wait until the first of April to drink one!  :-)

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