Okay, I much prefer kegging for it's simplicity and the elegance of pouring off my own tap at home, BUT...
I am making a few brews that I'd like to take samples of to two family members. I have plenty of bottles, and would like to do about 4 bottles (16oz) from each batch.
Would you prep with normal batch volume of sugar through a bottling bucket, bottle 4 then load the rest in the keg and still chill and force-carb (I have stone)?
Or would you try something else, like measuring out corn sugar for individual bottles, putting it into the bottle, filling, capping, then straight kegging the rest?
I'd load a growler for them, but the drives are 3 hours to one and 11 hours to the other, so I am not sure they brews would make the trip safely in a growler. Has anyone filled a growler and had it sit for 12 hours and then open it to satisfactory carbonation before?