Review: Bottling Bucket With Italian Bottling Spigot
A bottling bucket with Italian bottling spigot is your last vessel before your wort hits the bottle. There’s really not much to them but I figured the bottling bucket and Italian bottling spigot warranted a review.
As for the bucket… well, it’s a bucket and holds the liquid well. Most bottling buckets seem to come in six and a half gallons. Most homebrew stores tend to include a logo but a good one will include some nifty information as well. Mine has helpful tips on carbonating as well as measurement marks. There really is nothing that can go wrong here aside from someone botching the hole and mine was fine. Make sure to buy a lid to keep dust and other nasties out while bottling. Feel free to cheap out and buy a food grade bucket, but you really need to make sure that you add measurement marks as a reference so you can get a proper carbonation. These buckets can be used for fermenting as well but make sure to get a lid with a rubber sealed hole for a stopper. The benefit to fermenting in one of these is the krausen shouldn’t give you an issue with so much headspace but beware of scratching it as this can give bacteria a place to hide. Buy your bucket local if possible as they tend to run higher online.
The Italian bottling spigot is the simplest and cheapest way to bottle. It is simply a plastic spigot with a threaded inside that seals with a plastic nut. These are tedious to fill bottles as you have to turn the valve open and closed for each bottle. Make sure to buy a spring loaded filler to speed things up. Add a bottle rinser and Fastrack to speed up your bottling even more.
The bottling bucket doesn’t come without a few flaws. The spigot handle needs to be “warmed” up by doing a few careful twists during the first few bottles or it will crack or bend. After that, the handle turns just fine and works as needed. It’s cheap so I can give it a pass for the plastic strength. The only other flaw is the flow control isn’t great as you will either have it flowing a lot or not. The spigot is cleaned easily without removing it from the bucket. I simply run hot water followed by sanitizer and let it dry. In conclusion, the Italian bottling spigot and a bottling bucket are a nice cheap way to start with bottling till you move up to that beer gun.
Update: I finally managed to break my Italian bottling spigot. I’ve replaced it with a MoreBeer spigot that includes a sediment blocker and a twist-able spigot for easy storage. This one has nice features but is still plastic so it will break eventually.
- Easily Cleaned
- Bottling bucket generally has handy information
- Keeps sediment from moving around with proper hole location
- Plastic strength so don’t manhandle it
- Flow control is basically on or off with little fine tuning