Wanting to bottle your homebrew?  Too cheap to run out and buy an awesome beer gun?  Shame on you.  However, Craft Brewing has a solution: the Poor Man’s Beer Gun.  For only a few dollars, you can piece together a beer gun (sorry, not counter-pressure!) that works to efficiently fill bottles, using only a partial racking cane, some rubber tubing, a hose clamp, a small rubber stopper, and a standard picnic tap.  See an explanation of how to construct this cheapo device and then watch it in action! 

Warning…the keg of Brown Porter I was using as a demo beer was recently moved, resulting in more foaming than you would normally see when using this bad boy.  Trust me, it works great!  Ty also cut the shot of me taking a cool blast in the face – thanks for that! 

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  • BeerGeek

    For standard beer bottles you need a #2 stopper. For a PET 500 or 1L bottle you need a #3 stopper. We have all you need for your Hillbilly bottle filler at The Vineyard 🙂

    • Jeremy Cowan

      I will take the smiley face following the “Hillbilly” designation as a sign of friendly jesting, buddy! Thanks for the sizing info; I bought mine almost four years ago, and the specific size definitely didn’t seem like pertinent information at the time. Cheers!

  • Karl K

    hey, nice vid(s). how lonq will the beer you bottle using this method stay carbonated for? couple days?

    • Jeremy Cowan

      They will stay carbonated indefinitely, as long as your caps are on correctly. The trick is to maintain that seal on the bottle with the stopper when you first start to fill; then, once the fill stops due to too much pressure in the bottle, start to press on the stopper to release small amounts of pressure. I keep doing that for the rest of the fill, letting small bursts of pressure out. Once the bottle is basically full, I pull the cane out nearly all the way and give it one last burst of beer. This make sure the bottle is as full as possible…with my more highly carbonated beer, some foam might then come out of the top, but that actually just helps push out any O2 that might remain in the bottle.

      I bottle all my competition beer this way, and I’ve never had a comment on undercarbonation. I also have some Imperial Stout I bottled a few years ago, and it’s still just as carbonated today as the day I bottled it. One last tip: I like to slightly overcarbonate (for style) my beer that I plan on bottling. That way, if any small amount of carbonation is lost during bottling, it should end up where I want it.