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Kevin Kowalczyk
Intermediate Member
Username: Itsfunbrewingbeer

Post Number: 318
Registered: 10-2007
Posted From: 67.167.4.225
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2008 - 04:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So I was filling some bottles tonight from my kegs for entry in the CBS spooky brew competition and I ran into a problem. The stoppers for the bottles which seem to fit just fine normally seem to slip in way too far (or all the way in) when everthing is chilled and wet. Has anybody else run into this problem? Are there slightly larger stoppers available to avoid this?

I ask not only for bottle filling for competitions but also for the upcoming Big Fill. As I mentioned in another thread, I'm supplying 15 gallons of homebrew for a good friend's wedding, all in champagne bottles that will be placed on the tables. I would hate to run into the same PITA with the stoppers that I encountered tonight.
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 9352
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.192.193
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2008 - 10:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Northern Brewer stocks a wide range of rubber stopper sizes. You might substitute the next larger size for your CP filler if it seems loose. It's not that difficult to slip off the stopper and slip on a different one. This allows you to fill a variety of bottles with openings of different diameters.
 

Bob Wall
Senior Member
Username: Brewdudebob

Post Number: 1926
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 24.248.74.254
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2008 - 03:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have had this issue too Kevin. I simply took off the stopper, wrapped some black electrical tape on the post and slid the stopper over it. 2 or three wraps was all it took to increase the diameter enough to make the stopper large enough to keep from slipping into the bottleneck. Of course, I soaked it in Starsan for a few minutes before placing the stopper back on.
 

Kevin Kowalczyk
Intermediate Member
Username: Itsfunbrewingbeer

Post Number: 319
Registered: 10-2007
Posted From: 12.165.82.136
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2008 - 03:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bob, I'm not sure I understand. You stuck the tape on the outside of the CPF outlet, holding the stopper to the CPF?
 

Bob Wall
Senior Member
Username: Brewdudebob

Post Number: 1927
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 24.248.74.254
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2008 - 03:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

yes, the idea is to make the diameter of the pipe that holds the stopper a bit larger and therefore the stopper will be a bit tighter. I will post a photo tonight after work.
 

Kevin Kowalczyk
Intermediate Member
Username: Itsfunbrewingbeer

Post Number: 320
Registered: 10-2007
Posted From: 12.165.82.136
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2008 - 04:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No need to post a photo, I got it. It was just opposite to what I was thinking about doing (somehow increasing the outer diameter of the stopper). Maybe that is why I had difficulty visualizing it.