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Old 12-22-2011, 04:58 AM   #1
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So a friend of mine and a successful local home brewer suggested I use bombers the next time I bottle for myriad reasons. Mostly because in his experience it carbed better and overall produced a better beer. Oh and it's about half the work on bottling day. Anyone care to way in?

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Old 12-22-2011, 05:03 AM   #2
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Half the bottles to fill. Half the work. Half the bottle cleaning. Bottling is the only part of brewing that feels like work to me. Thats why i would suggest using 22oz bottles.

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Old 12-22-2011, 05:05 AM   #3
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So a friend of mine and a successful local home brewer suggested I use bombers the next time I bottle for myriad reasons. Mostly because in his experience it carbed better and overall produced a better beer. Anyone care to way in?

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Old 12-22-2011, 05:14 AM   #4
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For me the main reason is less bottles. I have been kegging exclusively lately and feel I need to start bottling some again (easier to give away). I have been in a dilemma myself though as to whether people really want to drink 22 oz of beer at a time. I guess what I am getting at is whether or not fewer bottles or larger volume of consumption are on your mind. I have not noticed any major difference in quality between the same beer in 12 or 22 oz bottles though.

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Old 12-22-2011, 10:50 AM   #5
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For me the main reason is less bottles.
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Cut that time in half! Also, 22s look better IMO
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Half the bottles to fill. Half the work. Half the bottle cleaning. Bottling is the only part of brewing that feels like work to me. Thats why i would suggest using 22oz bottles.
Exactly...plus I think they look better
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I started out kegging, but lately have been using 750ml flip tops, my LHBS has them for $25/dozen. The flip-tops reduce the bottling by one step (no capping), which is nice, but I have to keep an inventory of who's got my bottles, which sucks. As for the volume, I feel like if you're going to drink one beer, you might as well have 2. Also, the size is great for sharing.

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It depends on how many beer grubbing friends you have. If I'm making a brew to share or give away as presents then I use the 12oz'ers, or also if its a pretty heavy beer. 22oz is pretty much just easier on bottling day and requires fewer trips to the fridge to refill your glass.

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Old 12-23-2011, 12:14 PM   #9
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I like 12oz bottles because I like to pour out of a bottle once if possible. I can do that with 12oz, plus they're easy to source from friends, they fit six packs, and you need to use 12oz if you submit to competitions.

As for the "it makes better beer", I'm not sure about why. I have never noticed a difference between my 12oz, 16oz flip tops, and 750ml bottles. I have bottled in all shapes and sizes on various batches and never noticed a difference. I have just got a 3L champagne bottle and am trying to get a 6L champagne bottle. So what I plan on doing is bottle a decent sized batch in all the sizes I have available in champagne bottles. I will have 375ml, 750ml, 1.5L, 3L, and hopefully a 6L. Then when I have a party I'll open then and see if there's a difference! Hows that for a size difference from 375ml to 6L?

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When I started brewing last year I bought 24 bomber bottles with my starter kit. I used them on my first batch. Once I started collecting enough 12 oz bottles I found I like them better despite a little more work on bottling day. I don't get pissed if someone fails to return one and I have more flexibility in how much I drink. I now use the bombers for Apfelwein

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