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Old 12-28-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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Default Anyone go from kegging back to bottles

My son in law's dad is putting all his kegging equipment up for sale after doing it for a couple years. He's just tired of having to mess with the carbonation levels, sanitizing the lines, storing the kegs. I was a bit surprised. I'm still bottling after brewing about a year. I'm curious if this is a common occurrence as I haven't seen anyone post about it.

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Old 12-28-2012, 04:57 PM   #2
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That is effing bizarre......where is he? make an offer for me?

If you want a deal on equipment, buy his. If you want to help, introduce him to no rinse sanitizer.

I finish one batch. rinse yeast out of the bottom. Dump in 1 gallon of no rinse. shake it up. pressurize it and blow the sanitizer out of the tap (in other words SANITIZING THE LINES) dump the new uncarbed beer into the now empty sanitized keg.

Once a year I may take everything apart and really clean it, but I might not.

He is missing some key info.

Bottling a few from the keg is as close as I will EVER get to bottling again.

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Old 12-28-2012, 05:01 PM   #3
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I have been kegging for 6 years. I still bottle some styles like dunkelweizen and you can't beat the portability of bottles. Still I can't imagine wanting to clean and sanitize 52 bottles rather than one keg. I guess to each his own.

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Cleaning is easy if you keep up on it, IOW rinse out the bottles before they dry out or grow gunk in them. No doubt sanitizing one keg is less time than sanitizing 50-some bottles but it's not that big of a deal to sanitize them, at least to me anyway. Maybe if I made a batch every couple weeks I'd think differently.

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Old 12-28-2012, 05:07 PM   #5
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Never!! Carbonation levels, Storing kegs?? Huh, I don't see what's to hard..Bottling is what's a pain..I only bottle Apfelwein, but that's about it..

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Cleaning is easy if you keep up on it, IOW rinse out the bottles before they dry out or grow gunk in them. No doubt sanitizing one keg is less time than sanitizing 50-some bottles but it's not that big of a deal to sanitize them, at least to me anyway. Maybe if I made a batch every couple weeks I'd think differently.
I definitely don't want to get into a keg vs bottle discussion, but sanitizing is the least of it.

Syphon 5 gallons into bottling buicket, fill and cap 52 bottles.

vs

Syphon 5 gallons into keg, attach gas.
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After kegging, I find bottling somewhat charming. Also, I can actually share our beer without having someone over which is pretty nice for casual friends and acquaintances.

I suppose if I had a beer gun, it might be less charming, but everything I've seen of bottling from a keg seems to be more hassle then bottling from the start.

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I definitely don't want to get into a keg vs bottle discussion, but sanitizing is the least of it.

Syphon 5 gallons into bottling buicket, fill and cap 52 bottles.

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Syphon 5 gallons into keg, attach gas.

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I have yet to keg but I hope to start soon, the only drawback to it seems to be the portability aspect, which I can certainly understand, but I figured I'd get a few growlers and be able to take a gallon or so with me to parties and what not. It would definitely be nice to be able to leave a few bottles for someone to try but I figure not having to wash and sanitize 50 bottles is worth it

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Maybe when he was kegging, his beer was going to fast? I started kegging and now all of my beer is cold all the time. I tell my friends to help themselves and they do. When I bottled, I would only have so many bottles cold at a time so that was all the beer being drank that night. Now ALL my beer is cold ALL the time!

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