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Old 12-29-2012, 06:41 AM   #21
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I do both kegging and bottling and probably won't change. I like to age some beers longer in bottles and only pull out 1-2 at a time. I also like to have bottles to take some to friends and parties and have a selection. Easier to refrigerate a bunch of bottles than a bunch of kegs, but one keg sits in my beer fridge most of the time. Usually session beers in kegs. I frequently do a 3gallon keg and the rest in bottles from a batch to have both options. Easy to bottle from the keg if you want, particularly if you use a 2L pop bottle and prime or use the bottle up quickly after tapping. Kegging is incredibly simple and easy to do, including managing pressure and sanitizing. If you get a chance, buy his set up at a family discount price.

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Old 12-29-2012, 10:51 AM   #22
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I don't get all the bottle hate. It's about an hour or so extra work per batch. The beer keeps for a long time so it's easy to stack and store cases in the basement. I do a lot of Belgians and they improve with 6+ months conditioning in the bottle. In my beer fridge I have 8 different types of beers from various batches so there is a lot of variety vs the 2 kegs in a kegerator that could take me literally months to kick because I don't have beer drinking visitors often.

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I just switched to kegging about 5 batches ago. Its so much easier and faster than bottling. I plan on bottling a RIS that I'm planning brewing soon but only because it can benefit from a year or so of aging and I don't want to give up a keg for that long. If I want to take a few beers to a friend or party I just fill up a growler or a six pack with my little homemade "beer gun". No problem at all. Or I just bring my kegs with me like I'm doing for New Years

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Switching from Kegging to bottles ----- Good One!!!!!

I probably bottle one out of 10, but only Porters and other heavy beers. IPA'S - California Commons, ect all get kegged.

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I started brewing 12 gallon batches. I keg 10 gallons and bottle the rest. Actually, I have my kids bottle the rest. I like having a 12pack or so kicking around to be able to give away, etc.

I was strictly kegging for a while though, so I guess you could say there was some semblance of "regression".

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I don't get all the bottle hate. It's about an hour or so extra work per batch. The beer keeps for a long time so it's easy to stack and store cases in the basement. I do a lot of Belgians and they improve with 6+ months conditioning in the bottle. In my beer fridge I have 8 different types of beers from various batches so there is a lot of variety vs the 2 kegs in a kegerator that could take me literally months to kick because I don't have beer drinking visitors often.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:11 PM   #27
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Party faucet and about 12" of a racking cane = beer gun. Shove the racking cane tube in the faucet. Purge your keg and reset the pressure to about 4-5psi. Fill bottles or growlers. Done.
You're underestimating how exceptionally lazy I am. It is a thing to behold.

The only reason why bottling is still charming is that the wife does half the work.
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If I wasn't kegging I don't think I would be brewing anymore.

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I bottle and keg. I have about 8-10 kegs I can use. I always keg lagers for simplicity and not having to deal with putting a couple cases of bottles in a fridge. I usually bottle beer that I am going to let sit. Although, sometimes I will keg very high gravity beers to ensure carbonation - sometimes I have had problems with bottle conditioning high gravity beers.

A couple things I have changed though - I went to putting the cheap picnic cobra taps back on all my kegs. I got tire of dealing with the tappers, lines, etc. It is super easy to pop off the the beer line and throw it in with something else I am sanitizing. Not a big deal to open the fridge to pour a beer, and if I have people over, I am filling pitchers anyway.
Also - I have bought several 3 gallon kegs - I really like this as it allows me to bottle some of a batch and keg it. A 3 gallon keg eats up most of the batch, and you only nee a half dozen 22 ouncers and some regular bottles for the rest. I do like having bottles because once they are filled - they are done. Filling bottles from keg is fine, and I do it, but it is some work too.

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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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If I wasn't kegging I don't think I would be brewing anymore.
Yep, I totally agree. If I was bottling every batch, I would have quit years ago. I don't bottle beer at all anymore, except maybe once a year when I bottle from the keg to take a variety of beers to Texas with me. ( I do bottle all of my wine, and have about 350 bottles in my wine cellar!)

Otherwise, I just fill growlers when I want to take beer somewhere.

Here's my kegging routine:

Rack beer to keg.
Put in kegerator.
Put on the gas line
Put on the faucet line.
Come back in a week.

There isn't any "carbonation level", lines to clean or sanitize (at least, certainly not very often!), or anything to worry about. Seriously. Fill keg. Put in kegerator. Drink. When empty, take out of kegerator.

There is NO way I'd ever go back to bottling. If I couldn't keg anymore, I would quit brewing.
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