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poor man’s wine bottler

2014 January 12
by John Crosas

Step-by-step recipe for a poor mans wine bottler




I am sure some or most of you have one of these, but I figured I would throw in my two cents.

I have put together my own two-spout wine bottler (based on Genes original 3 spout build) and included here a list of parts and my suggestions for your own easy build.

List of necessary Parts and tools:

  • Vacuum pump
  • In-line Vacuum pressure regulator (optional)
  • Complete Enolmatic Nozzle (part number 1020 – $65.00, available at
  • 18” 3/4 inch ID galvanized piping (amount of pipe will depend on # of spouts)
  • 2 2×4’s cut to a minimum matching length, I suggest 10 inches for two spouts.  Or if you have some scrap 4×4 lying around that will do just fine.
  • 1/4 and 3/8 inch ID food grade hoses (1-2 foot length for the 1/4 inch hose)
  • A ½ inch deep plastic cutting board (for a base) or a piece of scrap shelving
  • Spray paint


  • Pipe cutter, to trim the threaded ends off the pipes to 16”
  • Circular saw (adjustable depth to 1&1/8 inch)
  • Powered drill, not a battery powered one – you will need the torque
  • 1/2 inch drill bit, 5/16 inch drill bit capable of boring thru metal






For the purposes of this conversation, I will refer to the two-spout bottler I built.


1.         Cut the pipe threads off to make the pipe(s) 16” end to end.  File to take the edge off.


2.         Take a 1/2-inch drill bit (to cut metal) and drill a hole one inch on center from what will be the top of the pipe – straight through.  This hole will hold the nozzle assembly.  Rotate the pipe so you are drill square against the top hole.  Take a 5/16-inch drill bit (to cut metal) and drill a hole 6 & 1/2 inches from the top, this is for the tension spring on the nozzle assembly.

3.          From the bottom of the pipe, using the 5/16 inch drill bit drill two more holes, again, square against the top hole at ¾ inch height and 2 inch height.  These will allow for the screws to attach the pipe to the support block.


4.         Take your 4×4 block and cut a 1&1/8 inch square notch into the block to stand the pipe into.


5.         Take some construction adhesive (I have been watching too much DIY) and attach the block, pipe and nozzle assembly to a cutting board.


6.         Run 3/8 ID tubing from the side of the nozzle assembly to a 3/8 ID vacuum tee.


7.         Run 1/4 ID tubing from the top of the nozzle assembly to 1/4 x 1/4 x 3/8 vacuum tee (found them online at granger supply – available in a pack of ten only!)





After several minor adjustments, I left extra tubing around the sides to allow for play when taking bottles in and out of the assembly.  I originally had the tubing much shorter and found that the nozzle assemblies would shift against each other with the shorter tubing.

The galvanized pipe will be slightly over sized for the assembly, so you will have to use zip ties to keep the nozzles attached to the pipe.  The proper nozzle assembly attachment pieces will not be long enough to accommodate the pipe diameter.

16 Responses leave one →
  1. Frank Torres permalink
    January 15, 2014

    Thanks for sharing this, John. This is now on my shortlist of projects.

  2. Gaetano permalink
    January 15, 2014

    I’ve been using a vacuum pump for everything from racking, bottling, and filtering for the past year, I wouldn’t want to be without it, makes life much easier!

  3. Gene Fiorot permalink*
    January 18, 2014

    Thanks John for the Blog piece! I will add some tags to allow the search engines to find it.

  4. Gaetano permalink
    February 16, 2014

    OK, did everyone hibernate for the winter?!!! I need my fix! LOL
    I hope that everyone is doing well after these storms, we have a little over 3 ft sitting on the ground.


  5. Dan Lodico permalink
    February 16, 2014

    I’m starting to pull the ’12 vintage out of the barrels, and bottling them.

    I think things must just be so nice in Florida, Gene hasn’t had time to read Winetalkdotcom and get pissed off enough to write an article. I think he’s getting soft down there in Florida.

    If he were up here with the rest of us, freezing our grapes off, he’d be writing scathing blogpieces every-other day.

  6. Gene Fiorot permalink*
    February 19, 2014

    oK oK I get the point. It is just I am swamped. The “decorating the new house” has a “Honeydue list that grows each day. I keep chipping away at it but additions are added daily. I will try to return to your expectations but please understand my plight. AND my boat is on a rack indoors with no glimpse of a day it will can be launched. I know as you dig through all that snow you have little sympathy for me. But I will deal with that as we expect 80 and Sun for the rest of the week

  7. Gene Fiorot permalink*
    February 20, 2014

    oh no it we might have showers for the weekend. Now this is really bad news. LOL!

  8. Gaetano permalink
    February 20, 2014

    lmao!!!!!! Rub it in!!! Take your time and finish the house, maybe we can send some of this ice and snow down to you….I’m sure you could use it to cool your drinks..! LMAO!
    Have fun!


  9. Dan Lodico permalink
    February 21, 2014

    Nice to hear from you, Gene. We were about to put out a missing person’s report. Thank you for saving me the embarrassment.
    BTW, as I type this, I am in Naples, Fl. Unfortunately, it’s only for a few days, then back to the winter.
    Good luck with the decorating, and even better luck with the boat!

  10. Gene Fiorot permalink*
    February 21, 2014

    Ah we lived in Naples awhile back. I could have recommended a few eateries to you if I knew.

  11. February 21, 2014


    its almost chilean or agentinian wine season….:)

  12. Gene Fiorot permalink*
    February 22, 2014

    Not for this Cowboy!

  13. Gaetano permalink
    February 22, 2014

    Only a few days! I’d stay down there until April if I were you, this weather is crazy.
    We had a house in Cape Coral for a while before moving back to New York in 2001, more times than not I wish that we would have stayed down there.

  14. Dan Lodico permalink
    February 24, 2014

    I guess I’m a glutton for those subzero mornings.
    Besides, I have 3 more barrels to empty, and then refill.

    And some bottling and labeling to do before Spring.

  15. Gaetano permalink
    March 26, 2014

    Since I don’t know if I can start a new thread, I’ll post here.
    Is anyone making Chilean wine this season?
    I’m apprehensive about the whole California droughts with talk of reduced yields and increased prices this fall, what are everyone’s thoughts on this?

  16. Anatoli permalink
    March 28, 2014

    Considering last year Malbec fiasco – I’m not. I was thinking Argentina, but I can’t justify it financially. I’d rather wait for the fall and get CA/Washington grapes.

    Here’s news from M&M

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