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Old 10-18-2010, 07:03 PM   #11
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I got rid of most of my 12 oz bottles and just kept my 22's and most of my heavy duty 16.9 oz bottles (mostly from Fuller's ESB and 1845). It took me several weeks to recycle the 400 or so 12 ounce bottles that I had.

5 gallon cornies are so much more convenient than 12 oz bottles.

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Old 10-18-2010, 07:12 PM   #12
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I have probably near 300+ 12oz bottles. It is funny but I am just about done with bottles FOREVER. While I did not loathe bottling as much as some of the others here, I had some excellent Craigs List finds.

I have totally skipped the corney kegs and now use sankey, growlers and "home draft" dispensers for 95% of all my beers! I will continue to bottle a few from every batch but these are for the archives, gifts and competitions; until they are gone!

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Old 10-18-2010, 07:17 PM   #13
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I probably have about 250 12oz bottles and assorted 22oz'ers.. But I'm most proud of my 60+ Belgian 750ml bottles. I collected them from friends, personal consumption, one new case of 12 and a few trips to a bar near where I work. They have been thoroughly cleaned, and will be doubly-sanitized before my bottling day this weekend.

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Old 10-18-2010, 07:26 PM   #14
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I have totally skipped the corney kegs and now use sankey, growlers and "home draft" dispensers for 95% of all my beers! I will continue to bottle a few from every batch but these are for the archives, gifts and competitions; until they are gone!
What size sankey kegs are you using? I thought about using the slim quarters or the 1/6th barrel kegs, but the cornies were a lot cheaper.
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:31 PM   #15
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Yeah, aside from the cool flip top bottles I still have, I gave all of my bottles away when I went to kegs. About 300 of them.

Bottles SUCK. I can always fill them out of the keg if needed.

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Old 10-18-2010, 07:38 PM   #16
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I have what I like to call 'not enough'.
Have almost a full batch worth of flip-tops, need more.
The rest are all plastic bottles, or a handful of pop-top bottles, but I don't have a capper yet.

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Old 10-18-2010, 08:07 PM   #17
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What size sankey kegs are you using? I thought about using the slim quarters or the 1/6th barrel kegs, but the cornies were a lot cheaper.
I have:
1 - 1/6th
1 - tall 1/4
1 - black rubberized short 1/4
1 - 1/2

so far...I got them all from CL with the exception of the short 1/4 a friend gave me and ideally would like to double this amount - the 1/2. (lets face it 1/2 bbls are pretty unruly to work with and move around full.

I have paid between $30-50 each. I just got the 1/6 and the 1/2 with an old working 70's era Kenmore keg-o-rater that came all set up for sanke kegs and I had bought some other CO2 stuff for sanke's from a rummage sale this summer. I am pretty sure I can get 1 - 1/2 bbl in the keg-o-rater or 2 - 1/6th and 1 tall 1/4. I do need to do some work on the tower as it only has 1 tap ATM.

I am SUPER patient when it comes to getting these items. I have been slowly acquiring these items as I go and I would guess have $200 invested so far...(I am currently using the equipment...so I am operational)

I am also going to be delving into the TAD/miller/coors home draft systems pretty hard. I was able to empty 1 into cooking and have some friends/family also helping me out. I have 3 total empty ATM and a known 4th on the way. I will use these for my "mobile" / "party" beer and for some sparkling apfelwein. (I will also be using the short 1/4 for apfelwein as well.)

I think if I did not find such good deals on my equipment and have a TON of patience, I would be in the hole $500 more than where I am now at least and have all brand new kegging equipment as well...lol. Unfortunately, I have more time than money...

I just want to add that either my old bottles will be slowly phased out or if they get in they too much I will post up a "free for the taking" and put them by the curb vs. recycling them.
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Sounds like a nice setup you are building, Zamial. If I were ever to convert to Sanke, I'd go with the 1/6th barrel (or 20 liter) all the way just because of the weight when you have to lift them over the edge of the keezer. Anything bigger and I'd have to rig a hoist.

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Old 10-18-2010, 08:30 PM   #19
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Sounds like a nice setup you are building, Zamial. If I were ever to convert to Sanke, I'd go with the 1/6th barrel (or 20 liter) all the way just because of the weight when you have to lift them over the edge of the keezer. Anything bigger and I'd have to rig a hoist.
True except I can get 1/2 barrels for the price of (2) 1/6th barrels. Gotta have a sanke tap on hand. With a little help, I can get them in there.
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