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Title: Blichmann Beer Gun
Post by: PetenNewburg on March 25, 2012, 04:52:06 AM
  I tried the Blichmann Beer Gun on a Grolsch Clone I made, it works great!!  Getting to a happy medium with keg & co2 psi was a bit touchy, but once it's adjusted it went very quickly!

  I think the best set up for the co2 would be double regulators (with check valves) with beer side set around 4 - 7 psi and the co2 flush side set at 10 psi.  Having both come off one regulator the beer side drops psi every time you purge a bottle, which allows some carbonation to "come out" of the beer resulting in more foam/ beer loss.

  I popped the top on my first bottle after a few days in the refrigerator and the carbonation was very good.  I double filtered it before kegging.  Bottles are nice and clean with no trub at the bottom.  I have a Double Imperial IPA that will be double filtered, kegged @ 22 psi for 4 days then bottle with the beer gun for test #2.
Title: Re: Blichmann Beer Gun
Post by: Kevcor on March 31, 2012, 08:04:43 PM
I bought the beer gun a few months ago and it's been sitting on my brew supply shelf as I have been leery of trying it. I have a converted chest freezer with two 5 gallon kegs and my co2 tank/regulator inside. I have been thinking I should get a second tank and regulator set up for the beer gun and that has held me up using it. I guess it's just getting over the first time, but I'd hate to waste brew going through a learning curve. Another issue is getting the keg and the bottles at near the same temperature. I don't have room in my chest freezer for bottles.
Title: Re: Blichmann Beer Gun
Post by: PetenNewburg on March 31, 2012, 09:01:50 PM
 My co2 bottle & keg were at around 40 - 45 degrees temp sitting in the garage.  I did have more waste than normal as it was my first use of the beer gun and also had a regulator that was not holding settings.  Loss was about a bottles worth.  The regulator was a real pain in the a$$, I bought a new TapRite to replace the Beverage Elements Chinese unit.  I also would highly recommend being able to set pressure separately between keg & purge.  There are a few good videos on YouTube showing it in use.  I really like the idea of purging oxygen from the bottles and being able to set exact carbonation. 
  I will not bottle without it!  I rack from fermenter into a clean & purged keg, push through a filter and if desired a Hop Randell into a second keg.  Force carb to desired amount for a couple days, then bottle.  The beer does not get exposed to oxygen after it leaves the fermenter.  Little to no sediment in bottles, consistent flavor and carbonation!
Title: Re: Blichmann Beer Gun
Post by: Kevcor on March 31, 2012, 09:31:26 PM
I'll have to watch the you-tube vids maybe that will spark me to use it. I have a nice oatmeal stout I'd like to bottle and share with a few friends. Thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: Blichmann Beer Gun
Post by: PetenNewburg on March 31, 2012, 10:34:44 PM
  That was why I bought it.  I had only planned to bottle a dozen or so, but I noticed a liquid side leak on the keg so I just bottled the whole keg.  I checked one of the bottles the next day and it was really well carbed. 
  Forgot to mention I kept a pot full of sanitizer handy when bottling.  I used that to sit the gun in while capping and to sanitze the caps.  When I was done I used it to rinse off the bottles.

  All in all it was pretty slick!