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Old 10-26-2008, 01:16 AM   #1
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I'm sure this has been asked many times before, but my search-fu is weak. I'm just getting started, and I'm curious if there is any major reason to select kegs over bottles or bottles over kegs? Does the beer keep longer one way or the other, is one or the other significantly cheaper both initialy and say 10-15 batches down the road, convenience etc... My Wife is already liking the idea of kegs just because of the number of bottles involved.

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Old 10-26-2008, 01:18 AM   #2
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Keeping the wife happy seems a good enough reason to me.

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Old 10-26-2008, 02:13 AM   #3
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Bottling is cheap... but time consuming... you also have to sanitize all those bottles! Kegging is pricey, but convenient... and you can draw a draft as tall or short as you like! The ONLY drawback to kegging is price, for the equipment and the kegerator. I keg, and I would never go back!

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Old 10-26-2008, 02:23 AM   #4
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What about freshness? How long will batch last once tapped?

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These kegs use CO2 for pushing the beer. The kegs that are rented and pumped using air go bad within a day or so but with CO2 it can be kept for months.

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I have had beer in kegs for months and months and it has been spectacular.... it never lasts long enough to go bad.

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Although I would like to get a small kegerator at some point, I like bottling. Just bottled a Stone IPA clone yesterday and I may be one of the few that enjoy doing it. I tend to give bottles away to friends/family so they can try my brews and I would not be able to do that with a keg. I recycle my bottles so after I drink one, I clean it real good and store it. On bottling day, all I have to do is sanitize. I can't justify the expense of a kegging system right now...

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I'm sure this has been asked many times before, but my search-fu is weak. I'm just getting started, and I'm curious if there is any major reason to select kegs over bottles or bottles over kegs? Does the beer keep longer one way or the other, is one or the other significantly cheaper both initialy and say 10-15 batches down the road, convenience etc... My Wife is already liking the idea of kegs just because of the number of bottles involved.
Another alternative to a full keg system is the tap-a-draft:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/tap-draft-first-impression-60237/

Bottling and cleanup is a snap.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:49 PM   #9
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I started out bottling beer and I have switched to kegging about one month ago and I have also used a tap a draft system. I would really reccomend keggin. Bottling is cheap but extrememly time consuming. I wasnt really happy with the party pig or the tap-a-draft system, it seemed like I was constanty going through co2 cartidges. Kegging is a more expenive option but I feel is that it is well worth the money it takes to get set up. If you can find any space in your house/garage/basement, just look for a used fridge on craigslist. My system was under 200$ for everything, and I couldnt be happier. I spend so much less time cleaning and trying to get the carbonation right and I have much more time to enjoy my beer. Just my opinion.

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Old 10-26-2008, 09:35 PM   #10
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Kegs do away with carbonation problems altogether. You can have as much or little as you like and no corn sugar to buy.

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