Keg King Beer Bottle Filling Gun Review
So for quite awhile I have been intrigued at the thought of a Beer Bottling Gun because in the beginning, every time I have bottled from a keg it was a nightmare! Then I was shown the “Budget” Bottling wand using a traditional bottling wand and a picnic tap, but adding a Bung to it in order to seal the mouth of the bottle and basically create a counter pressure. All you need to do is pull back a little to vent the gas and keep the pressure pushing very low (I do it at 4 psi and fully burp the keg prior to bottling). Now this way works great, and it is a lot less messy after awhile but it’s still frustrating because it still creates quite the mess and sometimes it works better then others. So when Ontario Beer Kegs had a flash sale to promote these new guns coming into stock, with the kind help of a great friend I was able to jump on it and order one in lol.
The Beer Bottle Filling Gun by Keg Kings is really cool with a brass main body, and then SS tubes for the gas, liquid, and hose barbs. The tip of the gun has a rubber stopper of sorts that seals off the liquid line so while your filling there is always something in the line to be dispensed so there is no excess turbulence coming down the line causing it to foam up while pouring. The surrounding gas tube is controlled with a small button and your index finger, it’s nice and low profile so your not bumping it while trying to comfortably fill the bottles. The liquid line control is the higher plunger, and again with your index finger you just depress it and it’s very smooth and simple to use.
I ordered a custom bulkhead with a gas post on it just like they show in the video because I was really impressed with how quick and easy it was for setup and operation and I would recommend if you have a bottling gun you do the same. With the gas post I can use any gas supply rather then having to pull out my secondary cylinder which in my case does not have a regulator, or if you have a manifold running a dedicated line. The part number in the video is what I used to search for the fitting on Ebay and I had one shipped for about $10 I think it was, so nothing crazy.
The gun ships with 2 lengths of tubing, 1 for the gas and 1 for the beer, 2 worm clamps, and a extra rubber bumper for the tip and the main gun body. You have to assemble the gun by pushing the hose over the barbs and clamping them down.
The gun was very simple to setup with the lengths of hose already cut, so I put one end into some warm water and then pressed it onto the liquid hose barb and then tightened the worm clam provided. The gas hose barb and bulk head was unbolted and the new part with a little Teflon tape for good measure was bolted in. Next I gave the gun and hose a quick wash and then sanitized the liquid line and the filling tube and it was ready to use. I spent about a half hour doing this as I was looking at all the parts and water testing the liquid and gas lines and there was no leaks!
My first bottling run, I was bottling 3 different beers and only about 4 bombers of each so I was thinking this was going to be a gong show. New tools and me generally end up pretty good like that 😛 But even still Melissa was with me and equally excited to use the new gun ha ha and it was great! I purged the bottles before each fill for a few seconds, and then opened the liquid line and it flowed good and steady. Once the bottle was filled I pulled the wand out and gave a quick shot of gas just to purge the head space and the beer would foam up a little and then Melissa would cap it and label it. The whole run usually would take roughly 40 minutes all said and done cleaning and bottling, but this time we setup, bottled, and cleaned up in 20 minutes! I was really surprised.
Cleaning the gun is the last part of the run that generally is not so fun, but it wasn’t as bad as I expected. The whole gun pops apart and you can rinse everything and let it dry if it’s only an occasional use, or in my case I keep bottling randomly so I plug it into the cleaner keg and run cleaner through the lines and then Starsan and hang it up.
Overall for the bottling gun, I feel it’s a great investment into your brew equipment. It’s not necessary but it really does make bottling a lot easier, and from a price point it’s not terribly offensive coming in just under $100 with shipping and the new gas post in my opinion. If you keg your beer and are looking for a great easy way to bottle and minimize the mess I would definitely recommend this product, it’s the right price and it works!