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Old 01-01-2008, 08:22 PM   #1
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That is it. I just spent the better part of 3 hours this morning bottling up some Cream Ale. I could not believe that it took that long! I wasnt even hung over! Dang i got to get into keggin, and fast. Just wanted to put that out there.

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Old 01-01-2008, 08:23 PM   #2
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Yeah, kegging eliminated the worst part of this hobby for me. Though I do still bottle some brews. Kegging is definitely worth the money

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Old 01-01-2008, 08:27 PM   #3
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I've got some mead and hop wine I need to bottle. But, I really, really hate bottling!

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Old 01-01-2008, 08:28 PM   #4
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I bottle "special" brews only, but kegging is definitely the best. However, I don't mind bottling that much, especially after I bought this: http://morebeer.com/view_product/15682/102377!

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Old 01-01-2008, 08:47 PM   #6
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Eh, we don't mind the bottling so much... Just bottled a batch of Apfelwine and another IPA... with the two of us working on it the task went by quickly!

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Old 01-01-2008, 08:51 PM   #7
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I just started kegging and that means I bottled all of my beer until two weeks or so ago. I hated it! But I loved drinking it, so I put up with it. If I hadn't have won the HBT Survivor football pool, I'd still be bottling! Thank goodness for football!

The thing is, it's always kind of a pain, but believe me it does go faster each time. I was able to do it in less than an hour or so after I did it about 20 times. The first time took me forever. The second time was a bit quicker (I had already clean bottles, for one thing!) and by the fifth or sixth time, I had the process pretty well down. It's never really enjoyable, but it's not too bad.

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bottling sucks because its tedious. i'm not a huge fan, and only bottle certain batches.

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Ah, it's not so bad. I bottle 10-12 gal batches at a time. When I'm done, it's nice to see 4 cases of homebrew waiting to be drank (OK, in 3 weeks). I don't mess with chemically sanitizing the bottles, so it makes it easier. I just make sure I rinse my bottles soon after drinking, then on bottle day, I put them in the dishwasher with no soap and on high heat. The bottling part isn't so bad either. SWMBO tends to find something else to do that day so I can have the kitchen and I find it sort of quiet and peaceful to sit there filling bottle after bottle, contemplating the wonders of beer.

I looked into kegging, and it just seemed like a lot of money between cornies, kegerator, CO2 tank, CO2, regulator, beer lines, CO2 lines, etc. I'm not against it though. I might do it someday. That's what I love about homebrewing. You never run out of new things to try.

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Old 01-02-2008, 01:55 AM   #10
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Im trying to get into kegging soon. Im trying to pick up what Ill need piece by piece so its not such a big hit on the wallet all at once.

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