From the HBD Archive
Subject: Phil's Philler
Date: 1992-06-26 16:46:00 GMT

I tried Phil's Philler at the AHA Conference. It does not suck air
as Spencer suggests since (I believe) the air hole is covered when
the "valve" is open. Stopping and RESTARTING the philler *does*
introduce a big bubble. The guy behind the counter (Mr. Listerman,
I believe) said that with proper practice, you will never introduce
air like that. It's true that when he filled the bottles, he very
rarely had any bubbles and probably only because he was hurrying and
leaning over a table. For those with shaky hands, Phil's Philler
could prove difficult to use, but with practice, you could probably
avoid air 95% of the time. Incidentally, when I do splash the
beer around as I fill or if it's one of the first 10 or so bottles,
I mark the bottle as "NOT FOR COMPETITION." It would really be
terrible if the one bad bottle of my finest beer made it into (and
quickly out of) a competition.

Regarding spraying (with any variety of filler) while the level of
the beer is below the end of the wand, there is a simple way to slow
the rate of filling till the end is submerged: change the height of
the bottle. I use the dreaded "orange tip" filler and I like it.
When I begin, I have the bottom of the filler about 6 inches below
the level of the beer in the priming tank. Once the end is submerged,
I lower the bottle to the floor and the bottle fills up quickly.
Note that the "orange tip" filler now leaks. I used to curse this,
but not anymore... I use it to my advantage. When the bottle is
filled to the very top, and I remove the wand, the level, of course,
drops. But since the "orange tip" is slowly leaking, it still is
filling slowly. I can get easily the level in the bottle at 3/4 to 1 inch
from the top, which is what I believe is ideal.


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