poor man’s wine bottler
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 stpats.com)
- 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.