The Last Straw® Bottle Filler

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The Last Straw® is the latest innovation in home brewing!
  • Eliminates the tedious chore of bottling.
  • Quick to set up, the ergonomic handle makes bottling effortless.
  • Last Straw® breaks down for easy clean up.
  • Perfectly carbonated beer...first time...every time.

  • The Last Straw® is the last bottle filler you’ll ever need.

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    Precise control over carbonation by bottling right from the keg. Dial-in your psi, force carbonate your beer, and bottle sediment-free homebrew with perfect carbonation. Maintain every last bubble while bottling at serving pressure for commercial-quality, competition-ready homebrew.

    Ergonomic, intuitive control and one-handed operation. Perfectly bottled beer even at serving pressure. Go from keg to bottle at just 15 seconds a pop!

    Ridiculously easy to clean. The Last Straw® disassembles in an instant for quick and painless cleaning. Plus, premium materials prevent contamination—everything that touches your beer is stainless or silicone.

    Convenience and control for better beer, faster. The Last Straw® is the last bottle filler you’ll ever need. Includes all necessary tubing and fittings.

    Kit Includes:
    • The Last Straw® Bottle Filler
    • Tubing & Fittings
    NOTE: You will need two CO2 ports or a wye splitter with a MFL shutoff valve to use The Last Straw®.
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    Reviews
    4.4 / 5.0
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    I'm disappointed. Foaming is a huge problem.
    June 30, 2016
    A cool piece of hardware, but it didn't accomplish the task for me.
    This product seems well built. It assembled and functioned well. The problem was injecting pressurize beer into an unpressurized bottle allowed carbonation to escape. So even tho the Last Straw displaces the air from the bottle it dose not pressurize it. The result was substantially reduced carbonation leaving the beer almost flat when it was opened later.
    May 11, 2016
    Response from Northern Brewer
    If the bottles are chilled to near freezing, and the beer is well carbonated and quite cold also, the carbonation should stay in the beer as the bottles are carefully filled. You should cap the bottles immediately to retain the carbonation as much as possible. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
    November 21, 2016
    Northern Brewer N
    Mixed results
    At the time I received the Last Straw as a Christmas give I only had 2 kegs in the fridge. I tried bottling from both kegs (normally @ 11 psi). I dropped the pressure to 8 psi and tried to bottle. It was still excessively foamy. The next couple of bottles I dropped to 5 PSI and it was a little better (less foam) but a little slow to fill. I will need to try this a few more times before I can decide if this will work well or not.
    January 19, 2016
    My counterpressure filler works much better
    Tried this once so far, and bottle was half foam. Didn't want to try it with my limited kegs, but will try it again when I get more adventurous and don't care as much about the beer I'm filling.
    June 30, 2016
    Really a nice solution
    This is a very well made, well thought out bottle filler. I've used it twice now and it's been very easy to manage. It's caused me to stop bottle conditioning completely and only force carbonate. The hidden benefit is that I can bottle some of a batch, then keep the rest on tap. Or, if my keg is almost empty and I need it for another beer, I can bottle the last bit. I highly recommend this.
    June 29, 2016
    Very useful tool
    Works well but needs low co2 pressure on the keg that is being bottled. I keep this hanging on my brew room wall and it is very sturdy. I only use this when bottling a large volume of beer. I think it is a decent buy.
    June 29, 2016
    Tried using twice and no luck
    I bought this hoping to replace my Blichmann beer gun because I didn't like the design with the rubber tip that tends to pop off and spray beer everywhere. I watched the videos on using the Last Straw and set the psi to 8-12 psi. I tried using 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 psi and no matter what I had excessive foaming. I tried freezing my bottles and still had the same result. The design is amazing, I just wish I could get it to work as it would be much more user friendly if it wasn't for the excessive foaming. Every bottle foamed really bad. I used my Blichmann back to back and adjusted the psi to 4-6 psi and perfectly filled bottles. I didn't have to freeze the bottles either. I will try using it a few more times, but had to give it 1 star since it wouldn't work. 5 stars on looks build quality. Others can get it to work just fine, so not sure if I am doing something wrong. However, the Blichmann gun worked fine with the same kegs.
    March 20, 2016
    Response from Northern Brewer
    Hi James,

    Sorry it's not working right for you! It sounds to me like the CO2 valve is not shutting off fully when you're filling bottles. It ought to work better than you have described, unless something is not working properly. I am willing to put up the review, but first let's see if we can figure out the issue, and get it corrected for you so it works as designed. Can you check to see if the CO2 button-switch on the side of the filler seems to shut off fully? Play around with it with the filler sticking into some water, so you can see if it bubbles when it should not be. Some folks have also been accidentally holding open the CO2 switch while filling, that would of course make it foam like crazy! Make sure that is not happening, too. It's important to us that we figure out the issue with this so it works well for you! If it does not seem like the CO2 shut-off is closing fully, we'd certainly replace the unit for you! Play around with it, apart from an important beer task, and see if there's anything that does not seem to work quite right, and let us know! We don't want you to have this kind of frustrating experience with this tool, when we know it can ( or should! ) work much better than that. Please let us know if you discover that something is not working correctly on the filler. Have a good one! - Mike W, Northern Brewer
    November 21, 2016
    Northern Brewer N
    Easy to use
    Came with all the fittings and nylon washers needed and it was easy to use as advertised. CO2 purge function is pretty cool too.
    June 9, 2016
    Good product
    Works as described. Love it!
    July 8, 2016
    Awsome product
    Had trouble at first with too much foam but found out I had a loose connection. After checking all connections and tightening it works beautifully. Usually will have a little foam on first bottle but after that, smooth sailing. If you stop to wash more bottles for several minutes you may get a little foam in your first bottle when you start back up. This thing really is awesome. I bottle at 12 psi with no issues.
    May 2, 2016
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    How do i get more of the plastic ferrules for the hose connections?
    A shopper on Nov 28, 2016
    What pressure should the beer be carbonated at in order to fill and cap 12 oz. bottle so they can sit a while without the beer going flat? I also noticed in the video that while filling the pressure for the keg and last straw should should be at 8 lb. psi.
    Matt F on Nov 17, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Hi Matt

    The key here would be to ensure that you get a good seal on the bottles. That is the most common reason for beer to lose carbonation with age. One trick you might want to think about is dipping the bottles in wax. This also helps to prevent oxidation as well.

    But I would carbonate the beer at whatever volume fits the style

    as usual.

    Hope that helps

    let me know if I can help further.

    Cheers!

    Charles
    What's the box size? Trying to know if this will fit in my luggage.
    A shopper on Jan 13, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: In inches, the dimensions are 24 X 4.5 X 2
    Can you add a Snake option as well? I know I can adapt it myself but would rather not pay for fittings I won't use.
    M A on Jan 17, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: We will consider it, but most all of our customers would be filling from their soda kegs, and not from Sanke commercial beer kegs. This can even be a bit harder, as commercial kegs tend to be carbonated to a high level, for use in long-line beverage systems; where you can more easily control the carbonation levels of home-brewed beer. But I will pass along the suggestion!
    Is the Last Straw only to be used to fill beer that is already carbonated (i.e. Beer was in keg, force carbonating for a few days, then pressure turned down to the suggested serving pressure and transferred to bottles) ?
    Or can you use the Last Straw to carbonate beer as you are bottling (i.e. Transfer beer from secondary to keg, seal, adjust both CO2 lines to suggested serving pressure 8-12psi, and fill bottles/cap) ?
    Thanks
    N G on Jun 3, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I don�?t think this will work. Think about it this way, if you transferred to a keg from secondary and then immediately pressurize and tap the keg, the beer would not yet be carbonated, that is essentially what is suggested here. The beer first needs to be fully carbonated because all you are really doing with the CO2 at the time of bottling with the Last Straw is pushing it out of the keg. Even in the breweries, finished beer takes a day or more to carbonate in a brite tank. That said, if you are bottle carbonating with sugar, you could do what is suggested here as long as the bottling sugar is introduced into the keg when transferring the finished beer.
    If I wanted to use a keg as a bottling bucket for some still mead would this work or would it carbonate no matter how low you turned it down?
    R Y on May 2, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Over time the liquid in the keg will absorb CO2, but at low pressure it will not absorb quickly, so it really depends on how long you plan to store it under constant pressure.

    If you plan to bottle immediately, it will not be an issue at all.
    Can this fill 16oz bottles?
    K O on Apr 28, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Yes it can. It also fills 22oz. bottles, Andit also fills 32oz bottles that i got from a case of beer that i was very happy to empty. I think this tool The Last Straw is the single most valuable tool i have bought since i started brewing in 2010.
    How do you go about sanitizing the hoses and device before using?
    David C on Mar 12, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: The best way to sanitize The Last Straw would be to put some santizer in a keg, and run it through The Last Straw using CO2 pressure. Basically like you would run beer through it but with sanitizer solution. You can also do this by running santizer through it using gravity feed. I hope that this helps!
    Would it be possible to split my co2 supply via manifold then connect the manifold to the last straw & keg. Set the regulator between 8-12 psi and bottle away?
    jesse r on Mar 10, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: That should work just fine - I actually pressurized an empty keg and connected it to the last straw as a co2 supply if you are trying to remedy only having one regulator line. I had to repressurize the keg a couple times during the process, but that was not a big deal just switching the gas line from the full keg to the empty keg.
    Dan L.- Bottles were cold, but not as cold as beer. I tried bottling the same way I did with Blichmann Beer Gun. Didn't chill lines, but never did with beer gun. Hoping to figure out problem, the Last Straw is much easier and you don't have to worry about rubber tip falling off. Just need to figure out foaming issue.
    J A on Feb 28, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Try turning up the pressure a little bit. I had a foaming issue on the first couple of bottles at 4PSI, I bumped the pressure up to 8/9PSI and then there were no problems.
    Can you use the Last Straw to fill bottles that you are bottle priming?
    H U on Feb 25, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can rack the beer into a keg and put just enough CO2 pressure on it to push the beer or you could connect the hose to a bottling spigot or racking cane.
    Brand new to all of this so here's my newb question: What's the difference between the ball lock and the pin lock connection? Is it just a difference as to how this device connects to the co2 can?
    J H on Jan 16, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Yes. It is a matter of how the plumbing attaches to your keg system. Seems to me that the ball lock is more popular but l don't know that for sure. My Cornie keg system uses the ball lock system and works well. Have had two successful bottlings with the Last Straw using the ball lock version.
    I'm wondering about the efficiency/necessity of purging, given that filling the bottle to the top with beer pushes out all the CO2 just introduced and then removing the wand re-introduces an inch or so of normal air before capping. So is the purging just to avoid a few seconds of air contact as the bottle fills? Has anyone tested the quality of purged bottles against unpurged?
    G R on Nov 25, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: The main idea there is the CO2 is heavier than oxygen so it does not push all of it out and still protects the beer against that oxygen. The main time that the beer is at risk of absorbing oxygen is as the beer moves its surface area exposed to oxygen is greater and the motion can cause oxygen to get absorbed. So by purging we prevent any oxygen from being able to be absorbed during filling and then since its heavier than air it stays in the bottle and no oxygen should get introduced when taking the unit out

    for the most part. The difference which is observable is that with out purging most beers only last a week or two at most before they start to degrade. With a bottle filler like this that should be more like 2-6 months for most beers. I hope this makes sense! Cheers! James J.
    Is Northern Brewer planning on offering a small parts kit, that might include a new spring, poppet valve and any gaskets that a user may need, or loose in the future?
    S N on Nov 12, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Thanks for the inquiry. I will pass the request along. The only part I am aware of that could wear out is the spring at the base. I hope this helps!
    After filling the bottle and capping, how long does the carbonation last?
    E P on Nov 10, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Assuming your cap has a good seal, indefinitely. Once capped, the bottle will keep the same amount of carbonation until opened. When bottling from a forced carbonated supply, you will loose carbonation continuously until you cap. The key is to cap right after filling to minimize losses. This differs from bottle conditioning in that when you bottle, there is no carbonation introduced yet, only a sugar solution for remnant yeast to consume which builds up carbonation after capping. The main difference is that bottle conditioning will increase carbonation over time and forced carbonation will maintain the same level as when capped.
    Where is the "Last Straw" manufactured?
    D A on Sep 4, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: works very well well worth the money strongly suggested if you are considering a bottling or if you want to bottle for mom you're a keg still on the way to go very functional
    Can it be used to fill a growler? Is it long enough?
    R W on Aug 14, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Rich,

    Thanks for the question! Yes the Last Straw will work to fill growlers as well as bottles.

    Cheers!
    Can the Last Straw be used for bottling from a sanke keg? The images and product video show the product using corny/soda kegs.
    H U on Aug 11, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Sure - CO2 line in is pushing the beer out of the keg just like usual, and then instead of a tap line out, you are going to the wand. You will have no problem with a sanke.
    CO2 is bubbling out of the tip in the bottle and causing some foam. Know what is causing that?
    A N on Aug 6, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: It sounds like the co2 button could be sticking and not shutting all the way If you have some food grade lubricant you can unscrew the co2 button and lube it up a bit. If that doesn't work, please let us know.
    Is there somewhere to get spare washers for it? I know the washers are needed, and have managed to lose a couple , is there somewhere to get spares?
    J A on Jun 6, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: The part you are looking for is called a Flared Nylon washer. You can search for this by name or the product number K127.
    Can you use this product with Nitrogen gas or is it intended strictly for CO2 use?
    K E on Apr 20, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: If your beer is conditioned with N2, then there's no reason not to use N2 with the Last Straw to bottle the beer.
    Is this products hose long enough for a 5 gallon batch?
    K I on Apr 9, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Hello Stephan,

    Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! All of the components included with the Last Straw bottle filler will work to bottle out of a keg for any size batch. Just hook it up to your CO2 cylinder, and keg, and bottle away! The length of tubing will not differ from batch size to batch size. I hope that this helps, let me know if you have any questions!
    Can I bottle straight from secondary (70 degrees or so) to keg in the same day or do I need to cool the keg below 65*. My friend says that room temp would be to warm.
    Y A on Mar 25, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Hi Mike,

    You would need to have the beer kegged and carbed in order to bottle with the Last Straw; you won't be able to do it directly from the secondary. You'll also need to allow the beer time to carbonate in the keg. You can force carbonate at room temperature, but this will require a higher psi, since gasses do not absorb as easily into liquid at warmer temps.

    Let me know if you have further questions!
    Is it possible to use Last Straw for filling not carbonated beer from fermenter and without connecting it to CO2 source? E.g. place fermenter above working area and let beer flow under "normal gravity " pressure.
    S A on Mar 2, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: For that, you'd be better off using an autosiphon with a bottle filler attached:

    http://www.northernbrewer.com/fermenters-favorites-bottle-filler
    I had tons of issues tonight trying to use the Last Straw. I tried bottling two different beers and both had excessive foaming in the bottle. I released the pressure in each keg prior to bottling and set the psi to between 4-6 psi. I could not fill a single bottle after trying 6 bottles on each keg. Neither keg was over-carbonated. Will it work better at the higher recommended psi of 8-12? I was really excited for this thing, but I am now really discouraged. Hopefully, it was my fault, but when I used to Blichmann Beer gun in the past I could always overcome foaming issues. Hoping to figure out the problem because this is much better built than the Blichmann Beer Gun.
    J A on Feb 28, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Try chilling your bottles and lines to the same temp as the beer. Once the beer hits warm glass or lines the C02 will come out of solution causing excessive foaming
    Hello, I have my serving pressure set to 8-10PSI. When I bottle at this pressure this I get a ton of foam and then a flat beer in my bottles. I started freezing by bottles for an hour but that didn't seem to help. Should I try turning down my serving pressure to 2 or 3 PSI or should I over carb my beer before bottling?
    G A on Feb 1, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Hi David, thanks for contacting us.

    How are you carbonating? If you force carb at a pressure above 15 PSI or so, the beer may be over carbonated. Setting the pressure lower, like 10-12 psi for a week will give a more consistent result that won't be anywhere near over carbonated which could cause that.

    You didn't adjust the tubing sent with it? It needs the right diameter tubing and length to balance the pressure. 8-10 PSI is an ok serving pressure for some, though I think decreasing it a few degrees could help as well...I usually dispense more at like 5 PSI so this might give better results.

    I would also make sure everything is nice and tight, including the bottom spring valve and the tubing attachments. There should be some flare nylon washer to attach on the gas and liquid sides to ensure a nice tight fit! I hope this helps at all!
    My kegged beer usually sits at 10-12psi for a week. Even after purging bottles for 3-4 secs and backing the psi down to as low as 3psi, I still get excessive foaming. Which is frustrating.
    Seals and ball lock appear to be snug. But, I still see bubbles throughout the tubing as I fill my bottles.
    Someone suggested cooling the bottles first which I will need to try next time. But, are there other factors I should look into as well?
    F L on Jan 29, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Thanks for sending us this question! Are you using the tubing that came in the kit and you haven;t shortened it or anything have you? The tubing needs to be the right length to balance the pressure and resistance and get the right pour. I wonder if anything is loose? Check that the bottom is tight and has not come loose, same with any connection. Did you install the nylon washers at the barbed swivel nuts? How does the action of the top and bottom assemblies seem, easy to press? I hope this leads in the right direction! Please reply to let us know! Photos can say a thousand words so could be helpful!
    Can I split the gas off a spare port on my manifold?
    E S on Dec 25, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Hi Ed

    Yes, you can add a splitter to your manifold. Is that what you mean? You would need a wye splitter for that.

    http://www.northernbrewer.com/wye-1-4-mpt-x-1-4-fpt

    Let me know if I misunderstood your questions!

    Cheers,

    Charles
    Hi, this bottle filler is very nicely made. I do have a question, though.
    I fill from 1/2 bbl Hoff Stevens kegs.
    It fills great from a partially full keg, but from a full, New keg, I can't get it to flow. Does the additional headspace in a partially full keg have something to do with it?
    M A on Dec 8, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Headspace gives more area of beer for the CO2 Pressure to force the beer into the line. You will probably see a benefit in pouring yourself a pint prior to bottling, to create more surface area inside of the keg.
    Can I shorten the lines or does the length help prevent foaming?
    Scott T on Dec 7, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Hello Scott,

    Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! The length of the lines is to help prevent foaming to ensure a proper fill. I would advise against shortening the lines. I hope this answers your question!

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