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Old 08-07-2012, 10:42 AM   #1
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Just doing a little research.

How many do not keg simply because you fo not have the room to store the kegs or have the space for a kegerator?

Would you keg your beer if there was a smaller alternative that allowed you to force carb and have atleast two choices on tap?

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Old 08-07-2012, 10:59 AM   #2
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There are smaller alternatives. Not sure about force carbing, but tap a draft works well naturally carbing. Party star is another smaller alternative. You could also use a carbonator cap and co2 tank with 2 liter bottles, but not sure thats a viable alternative to kegging. You could look into a mini fridge kegerator and use 3 gallon kegs. I'm limited on space as well, but I had to put my foot down and stake claim to a corner of my storage closet.

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I would be interested in an alternative to bottling.

Are kegerators noisy ? My wife wouldn't be unhappy with that, so I'd have to keep it in the basement.
By noisy I mean the fridge is loud when it recycles. I've seen this complaint with some kegerators.

>>Would you keg your beer if there was a smaller alternative that allowed you to force carb and have atleast two choices on tap?

OK - I'm interested, please tell us more.

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Old 08-07-2012, 12:13 PM   #4
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I bottle all my brews for 3 reasons:
1. I like bottles/bottling.
2. I have no place/space to put kegerator.
3. I would prefer not to force carbonate.

I may possibly be interested in kegging if smaller systems were reasonable and I could use natural carbonation.

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In the same boat. Condo in the Bronx and there just isn't any room. I didn't find using 22oz bottles to be all that bad though.

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Just doing a little research.

How many do not keg simply because you fo not have the room to store the kegs or have the space for a kegerator?

Would you keg your beer if there was a smaller alternative that allowed you to force carb and have atleast two choices on tap?

Thanks for your answers.
1. I have plenty of room for all of the above; kegerator, kegs, lines taps, etc.

2. No, I would not. I don't regard bottling with the abhorrence that some in the forums display. And I want nothing to do with the extra expense and complexity of all that kegging would require. And since I enjoy having a minimum of five or six different beers on the shelf, kegging alone would be out of control....or else I'd have to bottle in addition to kegging, which further complicates matters.

I guess I'm just a confirmed K.I.S.S. brewer.......
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I would be interested in an alternative to bottling.

Are kegerators noisy? My wife wouldn't be unhappy with that, so I'd have to keep it in the basement.

>>Would you keg your beer if there was a smaller alternative that allowed you to force carb and have atleast two choices on tap?

OK - I'm interested, please tell us more.
Noisy? No. All you can hear is the frig cycle on when it needs it and that is not really noticeable. The frig portion is all that makes any noise.
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Just doing a little research.

How many do not keg simply because you fo not have the room to store the kegs or have the space for a kegerator?

Would you keg your beer if there was a smaller alternative that allowed you to force carb and have atleast two choices on tap?

Thanks for your answers.
I do not keg and have no desire to do so for the following reasons:

I prefer bottle conditioned beer
Cannot justify the overall expense associated with kegging and on going maintenance costs
Cannot fit another refrigerator anywhere
Enjoy having a huge variety of available beer stocked and cold
My process and assistant can knock out 60 bottles from start to finish in about an hour
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I bottle all my brews for 3 reasons:
1. I like bottles/bottling.
2. I have no place/space to put kegerator.
3. I would prefer not to force carbonate.

I may possibly be interested in kegging if smaller systems were reasonable and I could use natural carbonation.
Tap a draft. You can naturallly carbonate the bottles, then use cartridges to push. Works great, small footprint, and fairly cheap alternative to kegging. And if you can choke down coors light or miller, you can re use those bottles
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Bottling is only as much of a hassle as you make it. I am getting into kegging now that I have the space, but think that some brews I will bottle anyway. The thing I really like about bottling, though is that I still have a 2 of all my brews all the way back to my second brew. I threw one of each into the fridge to taste again and see how they aged and taste the progression of my brewing skills. I think now that I am kegging I may bottle a 6 of each just for the sake of a later taste.

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