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cider bottle and glass

I can't count the number of bottles I've filled in my time as a home brewer. I have even less recollection of how many I've emptied. My memory banks are reserved for those exceptional brews I want to drink again. Every one of my bottling experiences has been the same and they have all been plagued with the same problem. What to do when I have to use two hands while one of them is trying to control the bottling wand.

I have always connected the bottling wand to the spigot on my bottling bucket with a 2 or 3 foot siphon hose. My left hand pulls bottles from the bottling draining tree and my right hand pokes the wand into the bottle. When the bottle is full the left hand moves it along and places a cap on it. This method works just fine up to the point that I have to move any greater distance than my leash to the bottling bucket. All of this is being done while fending off my two brewery cats, Babs and Nuisance. They can't stand to see any human engaged in any productive or efficient endeavor.

Well, here's the answer to my bottling blues. It's a tip I learned from one of our wine making customers and it makes so much sense that some of you may have figured it out already. Place the bottling bucket high enough so that the spigot is at about eye level. Attach a three inch piece of siphon hose to the spigot. Push the bottling wand into the other end of the hose until it touches the end of the spigot. Now, by lifting a bottle over the stationary wand, the bottle can be filled and you can move anywhere you are needed. I have found that the Fermtech gravity valve bottle filler works a little better that the spring loaded red tip type.

Homemade cider is best served warm with wine mulling spices

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