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Old 01-23-2012, 06:28 PM   #1
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Default Long night of bottling ahead

This is just me getting something off my chest. Due to a babysitter canceling on me yesterday I now have a night of bottling 100 brew ahead. When i get home a little after 5 I will have to get all 100 bottles sanitized first. This means boiling most of them. Usually I just go with the star sanz but some of the bottle I’m using this time has been sitting in my garage for two year. Rinsed several times as soon as I poured them. But sitting around for 2 years can’t be good for them.

Then after all that non sense I will get to bottling. I have to do this tonight so I will have another empty carboy for the brew I am making on Wednesday. I have to make it on Wednesday because I have some friends coming up shortly to do a tasting of this brew for a special day coming up. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great problem to have. I just hate bottling and I don’t have the funds for kegging yet. Oh well. Music and homebrew will get me through it. And coffee and more coffee will get me through tomorrow. CHEERS!

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Old 01-23-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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I got three batches bottled this weekend, 2 on Saturday night and 1 first thing when I woke up on Sunday morning. Not the funnest part of brewing, just crank some good music, and having a helping hand is always a great thing. My dad helps sanitize and cap the bottles while I fill them, so bottling isn't nearly half as bad as it used to be.

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I think I am going to have to draft SWMBO on this one. Its my first 10 gallon batch. I am not a fan of bottling 5 gallons so I know I am going to be burned out. But she is working tomorrow. Its more a question of whether or not the 10 month old will give her enough of a break.

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Sell something, anything, and get yourself a kegging system!!!!!

It's all good times either way though.

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vinerator and bottle tree will help immensely

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Dude, if they're clean you don't need to boil them just because they've been sitting around for 2 years....It's GLASS. Just give them a rinse and sanitize like you normally would.

You don't need to make this harder that you need to.

If you really feel you need to do something "special" which you really don't, stop at the LHBS and get yourself a jet bottle rinser,



If you have a basement sink, crank it to hot and blast them with the jet. Then "hit it with starsan."

You don't need to boil....

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Sell something, anything, and get yourself a kegging system!!!!!
Why? Not everyone kegs, nor does everyone choose to keg. And nor do folks who are talking about bottling usually appreciate the "keg" comment every freaking time we're talking about bottling. Most folks by now, know kegs exist, so we don't need to have someone "help" us by talking about them, contrary to what you might think, the word "keg" is usually not the answer to a bottling question.....
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Try larger bottles...I know, I know, you mentioned a limited budget...but I use 16oz flip-top bottles and while bottling still isn't the highlight of my brew process, its lightning fast.

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Why? Not everyone kegs, nor does everyone choose to keg. And nor do folks who are talking about bottling usually appreciate the "keg" comment every freaking time we're talking about bottling. Most folks by now, know kegs exist, so we don't need to have someone "help" us by talking about them, contrary to what you might think, the word "keg" is usually not the answer to a bottling question.....
Yes! Amen... I tried kegging, and disliked it.
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Ive actually got a good number of empty "bombers" I will be using. So that should knock the number down some. I appreciate everyones comments. Kegging is certainly not an option at the moment. Im dropping all my money into building my single tier system. I am gonig to try it eventually, just not anytime soon.

I know I most likely dont need to boil them but I get all spooked when its a bottle thats this old. And I may end of giving in and not doing it. its just nice to know that there is nothing to worry about. Maybe I can just fill the sink with a starsan mix and submerged them in it. Again, thanks for the feedback from everyone.

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