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Old 04-23-2012, 08:42 PM   #21
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Bottling is awesome. Easy to share, cheap etc. etc...plus, I just like the process. I usually have a friend or two who don't mind helping since I offer some homebrew while we do it. Put on some music, have a good time, bottle with your friends. I've done it alone as well, and while it can be a little stressful the first time, it gets easier.

Plus, some beers just really have to be bottle conditioned in my opinion. Saison, Biere de Garde, etc. Although some people will probably disagree with me on that one...
I agree with you. I enjoy bottling itself. Sanitizing and prepping ahead of time? Not so much. But bottling, capping, labelling... feels like completion of the process.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:45 PM   #22
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I agree with you. I enjoy bottling itself. Sanitizing and prepping ahead of time? Not so much. But bottling, capping, labelling... feels like completion of the process.
I get the same feeling when I seal up a keg. Then I get an extra hour to drink beer.
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If someone is looking for help in fixing a bottling issue or problem, I'm not one to give kegging as a solution.

That being said, for me as a serious winemaker, I have enough bottling drama and sanitizing and storage and all that goes along with it that I appreciate the simple sophistication of kegging.

So I'm not an anti-bottling type, but I simple will not take on two hobbies at these levels if they both have to be bottled.

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Old 04-23-2012, 08:58 PM   #24
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You're all doing it the hard way, bottles... kegs... I just siphon from the carboy to my mouth.

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Kegging isn't about being elite, it's about being evolved.
It is the all grain to bottling's extract.
So a bottle one day woke up and thought I could be more, then 2 thousand years later, after many natural selections, and additive mutations, we ended up with a keg. This bit of origin is as exciting as a birthday.

It begs to question, what came first the bottle or the keg.

So are you under-evolved until you actually start casking and doing real beer?

Wait though If they had large containers thousands of years ago, maybe even wood ones that were "kegs", doesn't that point to a de-evolution.
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How about Godwin's law?

Hitler used to bottle so you should keg.

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Ignoring the question of how valid your assertation is, I don't see the threads where all grain guys jump into extract threads and give advice like "if you'd go to all grain, you wouldn't have that problem."
Give it time, they're out there!
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Give it time, they're out there!
they are subtle about it though.

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Do all home brewers who start out bottling stay bottling, or do they eventually move on to kegging all or at least part of their production?

I'm actually curious, since I see no practical appeal to bottling for myself, the storage, the labor, the collecting, cleaning, etc. if I had a bottling line and was using all new glass that's a different convo entirely.

Kegging is like bottling except you're only taking care of one large bottle instead many small ones.

I've never had issues with portability with kegging, I can fill a growler as easy as the brewpub can.

One of the apparent issues with bottling, evidenced by the endless threads is the issues around cleaning all those containers, managing consistency from one to the other for priming and problems associated with the process of each. Kegging holds a lot of appeal as an alternative because it mitigates many of these problems by going to a single serving vessel which gives easier and more consistent control over that aspect.

My armchair observation has been that, many former bottlers who have moved on to kegging don't miss the inconsistency or labor of the former and see the kegging as a form of evolution.... Ie. I don't see a lot of keggers lamenting their situation and looking to go back to strictly bottling.

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