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Old 03-14-2007, 01:21 PM   #1
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OK, this is probably a stupid question:

i haven't bottled a beer in many years, since the 90s. I am contemplating submitting a beer to a homebrew competition and obviously I will need to bottle. problem is, I do not want to bottle the whole batch, jsut a six-pack or so.

So is the best option to prime the whole batch, bottle six beers and then keg-condition the rest? I've never added primed beer to the keg, I always force carb with Co2 and I'm worried about over-carbing the beer since I will have another unprimed keg running off a distributer of the same Co2 tank (so I need 8 psi minimum). I assume with primed keg beer you just want enough Co2 to force the beer out (like 2-3 psi)?

Other options? I don't have a counterfiller/beer gun and don't feel like dropping $90 on one. I assume priming each bottle individually is too risky and won't be uniform?

Thoughts? i'd like to start making a habit of bottling a six of each batch I do..maybe I can even take part in a beer swap some time this way.

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Old 03-14-2007, 01:25 PM   #2
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That would work fine. Or you could buy some of those priming tablets they sell that are premeasured for one bottle.

What you're suggesting would work fine, though. I might would shoot a bit of CO2 in the keg since you're going to have that much head space.

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prime each bottle individually... siphon the beer right out of the secondary into the bottles with a bottle wand, then remove the wand and siphon the rest into the keg. Presto!

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Oh yeah. You don't need to worry about over carbing your keg. It will all equalize once you pour a couple.

As for the pressure for dispensing, that's a whole 'nother can of worms. The beer gets to flat if you have that low of pressure. I use about 12 pounds of pressure with about 7 feet of that narrow hose they make. It's all about balancing and I don't know a whole lot about it. Other than you need to set it at a higher pressure and run it through a longer hose to cut down on fizz.

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That would work fine. Or you could buy some of those priming tablets they sell that are premeasured for one bottle.
See, now I have never even heard of this option before. Who carries them and do they work just as good as batch priming?

Thanks for the suggestion.

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I've only used them once, but they worked fine.

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