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Offline shwineka

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Bottling from the keg...
« on: February 22, 2013, 12:10:31 PM »
Relatively new to kegging, only kegged about 3-4 batches so far. I want to enter some recently brewed beers in some local competitions coming up, but to make the deadlines I will need to force carb the beer and bottle from the keg.

What's the best way of bottling from the keg (or at least a "good" way)? I'd prefer not to buy extra equipment, but am not entirely opposed to it.

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Re: Bottling from the keg...
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2013, 12:55:45 PM »
There are many threads about this.  Here is one: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=14072.msg178711#msg178711

I use the el cheapo approach of putting a stopper on a piece of racking can and pushing that into the cobra tap.

Lots of people prefer the beer gun.

There are as many opinions as there are approaches.

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Re: Bottling from the keg...
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2013, 12:56:01 PM »
If you stick the cane part of your bottlng want (sans little spring tip) and crank your serving pressure way down (<4) that can work but for about $0.60 more you can get a stopper (#4?) that will fit over the cane and into the neck of the bottle. this will create a pseudo counter pressure rig that works fairly well at minimizing the foaming in the bottle.

Over carb your beer in the keg just a bit because no matter what you are going to lose some in the process.

Keep the bottles, beer and all tubing as cold as you can without actually freezing them.
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Re: Bottling from the keg...
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2013, 01:13:27 PM »
for about $0.60 more you can get a stopper (#4?)

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Re: Bottling from the keg...
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2013, 02:07:29 PM »
Thanks, I will certainly check out that other thread! I just bought some other upgrades so I'm trying to spend as little as possible. I think I will give the stopper/cane trick a try first.

Of course, there is always the allure of new gear :)