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Old 04-23-2012, 10:51 AM   #1
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Well its time to bottle my first batch of wine ever I plan on bottling on different size and size bottles and was wondering how full to fill them.

I will be using some normal 750ml bottles, some i believe to be 1500ml? looks to be about double the size, and i will be putting about a gallon into beer bottles.

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1. From my understanding the regular wine bottles i fill to about 3/4" below where they cork will sit, is this correct? is the same for any size wine bottle?

2. For the beer bottles, i cant seem to find anywhere as to how high to fill these, so anyone know what level to fill them?

3. Also i will be starting a skeeter pee soon and once bottling time comes around they will be going into beer bottles as well, do i fill them the same amount?

4. A slightly different question but is there any special way to store wine/skeeter pee in beer bottles? (side, upright)

 
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:38 AM   #2
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Also, what should i use to sanitize beer caps? I'm assuming not k meta since there metal?

 
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:29 PM   #3
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Fill all of your bottles about 3/4" from the closer. You could probably use star san to sanitize but I do not make beer so wait for a definate answer on what to use.

 
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:24 PM   #4
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Go to a good store and study how full those bottles are filled.

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Old 04-23-2012, 02:26 PM   #5
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Go to a good store and study how full those bottles are filled.

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I actually did this but saw everything from 1/2" to 1-1/4" lol


Regardless i just finished bottling and i did my best to get around 3/4" but they range from 3/4" to 1-1/4" so i guess i need a little practice on bottling still

 
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:51 PM   #6
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I actually did this but saw everything from 1/2" to 1-1/4" lol


Regardless i just finished bottling and i did my best to get around 3/4" but they range from 3/4" to 1-1/4" so i guess i need a little practice on bottling still
What were you using to fill the bottles?

We use a simple bottling wand. For wine bottles, you fill the bottle 'just full', then pick up the wand. Should good a good consistent fill. For beer bottles, we touch the tip to the side to fill the bottles a little fuller.

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Old 04-23-2012, 04:20 PM   #7
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For those that are intrested I sell a beer bottle filling attachement that fits on the allinone pump or you could use your own vacuum pump as well.
http://allinonewinepump.com/accessories.html

Vacuum Beer bottle filler adapter $10.00 + $3.00 shipping
You will need the wine bottling set-up as well. The adapter is very similiar to the wine bottle filler (which is also adjustable as well )
beer is a # 2 tappered stopper
wine is a # 3 tappered stopper

 
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:04 PM   #8
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What were you using to fill the bottles?

We use a simple bottling wand. For wine bottles, you fill the bottle 'just full', then pick up the wand. Should good a good consistent fill. For beer bottles, we touch the tip to the side to fill the bottles a little fuller.

Steve
I was using a bottling wand but it was leaving the bottles with a ~1-1/4" gap between the cork (#9) and the wine top. so i was doing as u said touching the top edge to fill a little further.

From what i have read the 1-1/4" gap between cork and wine is too much, is it not?

 
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:24 AM   #9
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I keep mine at about 3/4 inch.
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