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From: 105277@essdp1.lanl.gov (GEOFF REEVES)
Subject: Counter Pressure Filler
Date: 1992-02-28 17:30:05 GMT

>
> From: abirenbo@rigel.hac.com (Aaron Birenboim)
> Subject: Kolsh, Kegs, and Krausening
> Date: Mon, 24 Feb 92 08:21:25 MST
>
> d) How well to counter pressure bottle fillers work?
> Is $30 for one fair? It seems to me like the best
> thing would be to rack into keg, artificially carbonate,
> then just use counter pressure filler to bottle for
> portability/competition. Will my flavors be effected
> by this? BTW... what the heck is a counter-pressure
> filler? How does it work? What does it look like?

That's exactly what I've started doing. The way a counter-pressure
filler works is to pressurize everything in the system and then use
gravity to transfer.JThe filler is a tube that goes through a cork into
the bottle. The cork doesn't hold pressure perfectly but works pretty
well. The top of the filler tube is connected to two inlets - one for
gas and one for beer. (Actually mine has 3 but only 2 are used.)
You connect gas from your CO_2 tank to both the keg and the
bottle filler using a "T". That way the keg and the bottle are at
about the same pressure. A standard beverage line goes from the
'beer out' on the keg to 'beer in' on the counter pressure filler.
Put the keg up on something and put the bottler lower. Both the
'gas in' and 'beer in' on the filler have valves. By turning off the
gas and on the beer you can start the flow. Then turn off the flow
of beer. Put the whole thing in the bottle. Turn the gas back on
and the beer back on and gravity will fill the bottle at the same
pressure as the keg. Its pretty simple but there is plenty of room
to do the wrong thing and spray beer all over the place :-)

Geoff
Atomic City Ales
Los Alamos NM

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