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Old 12-06-2012, 12:59 PM   #11
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For me I would say I never look forward to it, but once I begin the process it is somewhat relaxing. I think the part I hate the most about it is the capping. I have one of those Red Baron cappers and its kind of a pain in the ass. Thanks to some Black Friday deals I will be kegging my next batch but I will want at least a sixer to keep around.

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Old 12-07-2012, 12:59 AM   #12
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I actually don't mind bottling as well. I have a 5 keg keezer but bottling is still enjoyable. I think the main thing for me is the comfort I feel when I cap and know that I'm safe from all the contamination issues we all fear. Almost like a mini party each time I cap a bottle.

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Old 12-07-2012, 01:10 AM   #13
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Have to be in the right mood to bottle, and by that I mean a bad mood. Bottling is kind of a zen thing for me, and since my knees are shot, sitting indian style with my fingers in a circle while humming, really isn't an option.......

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Old 12-07-2012, 01:41 AM   #14
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I just bottle while I brew. While the strike water is heating I siphon into the bottling bucket. Once I mash in I start bottling. It takes me about 30 minutes to sanitize, bottle and cap a batch.

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I like variety and always have about 8 different brews in my fridge.

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Old 12-07-2012, 04:43 AM   #15
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I just bottle while I brew. While the strike water is heating I siphon into the bottling bucket. Once I mash in I start bottling. It takes me about 30 minutes to sanitize, bottle and cap a batch.

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I like variety and always have about 8 different brews in my fridge.
30 minutes for a batch seems impossible to me. Its at least a 90 minute process for me with the wife doing the capping. It's 20 minutes just to get the bottles sprayed with sanitizer.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:37 PM   #16
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I never really understood the hate for bottling.
The worst part of it for me is having all those bottles of beer, and none of them are ready to drink!

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:38 PM   #17
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I love bottling too it´s very easy and fun when you get the hang of it

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:48 PM   #18
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I enjoy bottling.

It's all the work that went into the batch has finally come to fruition and the next thing to do after bottling is wait and drinking!

I also prefer bottling because I like to try several different beers I have aging in a single night and having 3-4 beers on tap and chilled is not feasible.

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:49 PM   #19
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I've only bottled 2 batches so far, but it is enjoyable to me. It really doesn't take too long (with a bench capper), probably more time to wash and san than fill and cap. Since i'm only doing extract so far I think it's because of the hands on, other than a boil, if it weren't for bottling it would almost feel like I didn't put any work into it. The more effort it takes, the more rewarding it is I guess. That said, I can imagine that after a 7hr AG brew day, it would be more like "screw this, keg it and done."

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Old 12-07-2012, 03:54 PM   #20
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Personally I enjoy bottling. When I get done I can look down and see I accomplished something. Well that and the whole zen thing. It probably is my favorite part of brewing. The waiting 3 weeks is probably my least favorite part.

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