Counter Pressure Bottle Filler


When I first got into kegging, I had read all about counter pressure bottle fillers that are used to fill bottles from kegs. Most were fairly expensive so I thought I'd try to make my own out of hardware parts from the local hardware store. Basically, what this does it allow me to push CO2 into a bottle and then as the CO2 is slowly released, beer is pushed into the bottle. The two blue valves allow the beer and CO2 into the bottle. While the smaller "T" valve is used to release the CO2. There are several fittings needed to put this together and there are several websites that detail out the steps to create one of these. My personal experience has been that this tool is cumbersome to use. I have to hold the thing on the bottle while applying pressure due to the CO2 wanting to push the seal off. While doing that, I have to step through the valves, opening and closing each one in a specific order to get the beer in the bottle. Sometimes, if I don't push directly down on the bottle, the bottle wants to slide out from underneath...not good! Therefore, I really don't use this tool. I might if I was bottling a few bottles for a competition. Otherwise, it is much easier to fill a bottle from the kegerator tap much like you might see them fill a growler at a local brew pub.

Bottle Filler

Bottle Filler

Bottle Filler

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