One of my least favourite steps in making beer is the bottling stage. Or at least it was until I discovered the little bottler. I do prefer to bottle rather than using barrels but it can be a bit of a fiddly and messy job. Firstly your bottles need to be sterilised, then primed with sugar for the secondary fermentation stage. After that, you need to syphon the beer from your fermentation vessel into the bottles.
This is where the messy bit comes in. If you are trying to stop the flow of beer through a syphon tube or tap and then move the full bottle to one side with the other hand, whilst moving the next bottle into place, things can get a little tricky.
The easy Little Bottler meanwhile connects straight on to your fermenting bin with a tap which is supplied. It allows you to fill bottles easily with no mess and more importantly no help.
This takes all of the stress and mess out of syphoning your home-brew and you can bottle solo, no need for an assistant bottler.
The Little Bottler is really just a small tube which extends from the end of the tap by about the length of a 1 litre PET bottle or a wine bottle plus an inch or so. In the bottom end of that tube is a needle valve which, when free, stops any fluid passing through it. As soon as the valve is pushed upwards, such as when it touches the bottom of the inside of a bottle, fluid flows freely.
So you can see, push a bottle upwards with the tube inside of it pressing the needle valve upwards and the bottle starts to fill. When the bottle level reaches your preferred level, simply lower the bottle to close the needle valve and the flow ceases allowing you to cap the bottle and get the next one ready.
OK so that helps but now listen to the best bit. Why not ferment your beer in a standard bin and then transfer it to a second fermenting bin. For this you can use either an ordinary syphon tube or one of the excellent automatic syphons on the market. Doing this means that you leave all of the sediment behind in the first bin.
Now, if you connect the little bottler to the tap on your second bin, you can forget all the hassle of tipping the bin up carefully to avoid the sediment for the last few bottles. You just bottle away until it’s all gone.
Of course if you add your priming sugar to the second bin before you transfer your brew, then you won’t even need to prime each bottle with sugar individually!
Bottling sorted – get a little bottler from Home Brew Online