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Im just starting bottling and wondered: I bottle my beer direct into the bottle, not using a wand-- Does that hurt my beer by not using the wand? 

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Just try to keep the splashing to a minimum. Oxygenating the brew at this point will not do good things for it. Keep your bottles tilted and let your brew fill down the side of the bottles as much as possible. If you can get a bottling wand it will simplify things. Brew on!

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Some here prefer the wand and then there are the hold-outs that have not tried it yet.  Personally, I don't think bottling could be any easier than drawing directly from the spigot.  I would guess that both methods would work equally well to minimize aerating the beer while bottling.

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I bottle straight from the spigot. But that's my personal preference. TBH, it's up to you on how you want to bottle each batch you brew.

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For my old, old LBK with the white spigot I bottle straight from the spigot.  For my newer one with the black spigot, I use a wand.

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I am confused with the wand i tried it today 
are you suppose to have to hold the wand the entire time or is there a way it snaps into the spigot? i am using a new LBK but i have to hold it just right too loos it wont work too tight or too high into the spigot and nothing flows. and again it doesn stay on its own. is this normal?

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The wand should either twist up into the spigot or connect with a piece of tubing.  I don't have the new LBKs, so I'd suggest you call Mr. Beer Customer Service for a clearer answer.

 

This is also a great example of why you should practice with WATER.  Fill up the LBK to check for leaks.  Pour water from the pot into the LBK.  Use the bottling wand.  All with water to make sure things work the way they should.

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37 minutes ago, Timelordjason said:

I am confused with the wand i tried it today 
are you suppose to have to hold the wand the entire time or is there a way it snaps into the spigot? i am using a new LBK but i have to hold it just right too loos it wont work too tight or too high into the spigot and nothing flows. and again it doesn stay on its own. is this normal?

 

I had the same issue when I first used mine.  I learned I had to insert it into the spigot about half-way; it's far enough in so that the wand stays seated, but not too far so that no flow occurs.

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20 minutes ago, Shrike said:

 

I had the same issue when I first used mine.  I learned I had to insert it into the spigot about half-way; it's far enough in so that the wand stays seated, but not too far so that no flow occurs.

I use a bit of twist push motion and it seats fairly securely. I have not had it block any flow. Its a simple yet very effective tool.

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13 minutes ago, Cato said:

I use a bit of twist push motion and it seats fairly securely. I have not had it block any flow. Its a simple yet very effective tool.

I will try a twist next week thank you for the suggestion

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6 minutes ago, Fire Rooster said:

I use painters tape to secure the wand in place to the spigot, just as a precaution

EXCELLENT IDEA as long as it doesn't contanimant anything.

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42 minutes ago, Cato said:

I use a bit of twist push motion and it seats fairly securely. I have not had it block any flow. Its a simple yet very effective tool.

 

Hey, that's my wife's nickname for me!  :):)

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Timelordjason:

 

I can't see how it would, I tape it on the outside front and back where wand meets spigot.

After I push in the bottling wand I tape it so it doesn't move.

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11 minutes ago, Shrike said:

 

Hey, that's my wife's nickname for me!  :):)

Hehe, new acronym, ASYVET.

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