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Old 12-21-2012, 10:07 PM   #31
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The part of bottling that sucks for me is waiting till I have enough empty to bottle. I got 12 cases full right now and only one case empty with a Irish red ready to bottle now. Good thing it is beer and cigar night

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Old 12-21-2012, 10:09 PM   #32
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Yep bottling is awful! go kegging

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Old 12-22-2012, 01:42 AM   #33
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I was told that if you are sure to rinse well after finishing one off, then running through the dishwasher as hot as you could get it cleans/sanitizes pretty well. This was from a local homebrew shop.

I like bottling 1 liter bottles, and I can fit more than a full 5 gallon batch with it.

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Old 12-22-2012, 04:24 PM   #34
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I've noticed swing top bottles don't hold the same carbonation/pressure as crown tops (at least not for me) and are a little more flat in general. I prefer the crown tops, in 22 oz if available.
I like the 22s but you gotta buy em ($10 for 12 at my LHBS). The 12s are free when you drink a beer and get the labels off. I usually just put 2 cases into a plastic bin with sanitizer water and let it sit there for several days, and when I get around to it the labels are falling off.

I use the Avery 5164 (Staples brand) sheets to print beer labels if I'm gifting, and usually I give the growlers. Unless its my dad, I'll give him a six pack of 12s. Growlers make a nice presentation as a gift but they never come back so I'm using more and more 12s as time goes by.

I'll probably unload the Grolsch bottles. If anybody in the RI/MA area wants them for brewing, send me a message. I have a full green bin of them and you can come get em free any time.
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:51 PM   #35
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I like the 22s but you gotta buy em ($10 for 12 at my LHBS). The 12s are free when you drink a beer and get the labels off.
So are the 22s.....
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:09 PM   #36
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The monotony of bottling sucks. Stuck, at the sink, repeating the same thing over and over. Or, stuck at the bottling bucket, repeating the same thing, over and over. I tend to get antsy if I sit too long...

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Old 12-22-2012, 08:06 PM   #38
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@ rcrabb22: Use Revvy's bottling techniques and it will go by A LOT quicker and easier. I actually enjoy bottling now that I follow his advice. Of course, It doesn't hurt to have some tunes playing and a homebrew in hand!

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Old 12-23-2012, 02:49 PM   #39
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So are the 22s.....
I guess I deserved that. But have you noticed how many "fancy growlers" are out there. As in 22s with a non-conforming top? Usually a 12 crown top is a 12 crown top.
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I guess I deserved that. But have you noticed how many "fancy growlers" are out there. As in 22s with a non-conforming top? Usually a 12 crown top is a 12 crown top.
Yeah I was just bustin balls man, but actually it is getting ridiculous the tops, and keep an eye out on the 12s now too. I de labeled before I bottled the other day and then filled a 12oz bottle only to find out the ring my wing capper grabs onto under the mouth to crimp, was too thin on a bottle. Had to drink it flat :-/ haha, so then I looked and found 3 more like this in the bunch of bottles, wish I knew what company it was. Anyone else run into this / know what ring I'm talking about?
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