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Old 04-17-2011, 04:38 PM   #1
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Yeah, really basic! We bottled our first ever batch of wine a couple of weeks ago. The bottles were a collection of various sizes from everywhere. Most were 750 ml, but on some the necks were long and others shorter.

So, using my floor corker for the first time and getting used to that, about 97% of the bottles were corked just fine (mostly as a result of a little excess spraying out at compression).

But, some had a small air space of 1/8th to 1/4 of an inch. I'm drinking those first.

On the Wine Toy Maker's Store, there's a Ferrari bottle filler that looks like it would work. Comments? Suggestions on others? I'm only doing 30 bottles at a time for each batch, so I don't need a $300 system!

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Old 04-17-2011, 04:48 PM   #2
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Yeah, really basic! We bottled our first ever batch of wine a couple of weeks ago. The bottles were a collection of various sizes from everywhere. Most were 750 ml, but on some the necks were long and others shorter.

So, using my floor corker for the first time and getting used to that, about 97% of the bottles were corked just fine (mostly as a result of a little excess spraying out at compression).

But, some had a small air space of 1/8th to 1/4 of an inch. I'm drinking those first.

On the Wine Toy Maker's Store, there's a Ferrari bottle filler that looks like it would work. Comments? Suggestions on others? I'm only doing 30 bottles at a time for each batch, so I don't need a $300 system!

Cheers!
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I and other mods like the Boun Vino bottle filler. I/we feel you will like it better
$ 30 something
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:07 PM   #3
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If wine is spraying out when you cork, then I think your bottles are too full. You want a bit of air space in the bottles so temperature changes don't cause your corks to move in the neck of the bottle (air is compressible, wine is not).

Perhaps I misunderstood something...

I use one of those bottle filler wands - they're about five bucks.

 
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:26 PM   #4
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Owned the Ferrari, skip it, piece o junk. Leaked and wouldn't shut off for nothing. Go with the Buon Vino. Make sure to rinse it well with water afterwards.
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I and other mods like the Boun Vino bottle filler. I/we feel you will like it better
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Owned the Ferrari, skip it, piece o junk. Leaked and wouldn't shut off for nothing. Go with the Buon Vino. Make sure to rinse it well with water afterwards.
I agree with these guys. For the $$ the Boun Vino Filler is the way to go. Like Mike said rinse well with clean water when finished. Rinse with a sanitizer before using. Do not use a kmeta sanitizer after use as it will corrode the bearings if left in it (personal experience).

 
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Old 04-17-2011, 06:27 PM   #6
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Yup - i use the Buon vino as well. If you have a vacuum pump you can hook it up to that as well. Works pretty good with that.
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Old 04-17-2011, 07:22 PM   #7
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The way I understood your post you were filling them right to the bottom of the cork?? You shouldn't have wine spraying out when you insert the cork. Make sure you have 3/4 inch or so space between wine and cork.
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Old 04-17-2011, 07:37 PM   #8
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I agree with everything above especially the part where you really want about 1" of space "Ullage" under your cork! Im guessing you are just filling from a hose or spout? At minimum use a spring filling wand and youll get accurate filled bottles as that cheap little thing leaves the correct amount of space between you wine and the cork.
http://www.finevinewines.com/p-978-4861.aspx
or even better the Boun Vino auto filler like recommended.
http://www.finevinewines.com/p-945-4887.aspx

 
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Old 04-19-2011, 06:09 PM   #9
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So I was probably filling them the correct way at first when I had some air space between the cork and the wine! LOL

I was filling with the spigot on the bucket, which actually worked quite well.

When I brewed beer and filled those bottles, I used the spring-loaded filling wand. Is that what you were referring to Wade? Do you have to back off the spring tension to get to the right level in the bottle or does this thing "know" when to stop?

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Old 04-19-2011, 06:11 PM   #10
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Yes, that wand is exactly what Im talking about. You fill with that until the bottle is filled all the way then when you pull it out you have the perfect fill as the filler itself takes up the rest of the volume!

 
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