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Old 12-09-2012, 02:49 AM   #31
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The wife usually does the capping. Maybe I'll get her one for Christmas.
Interesting, your the second one here that says the wifey does the capping.

I have my wife do the filling and I do the capping. I think it's easier for her than trying to work the wing capper. Oh, and the 7 year old brings the bottles from the dishwasher to the filling area and the 5 year old stacks the capped bottles in the boxes.


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Old 12-09-2012, 02:56 AM   #32
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early on, i bottled. i almost stopped brewing since i hated bottling so much. my brother did stop brewing for that reason. i haven't bottled in several years

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:15 AM   #33
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I love bottling and capping, and I love naturally carbonated non-filtered beer. I have five different bottles; std us short 12 oz (sierra nevada), std US 12 oz, standard DE 330 ml and 500 ml, flip top bottles and those stubby chimay bottles. I use these types of bottles lovingly to different batches and colored caps.... and I get an uncanny amount of pleasure from running my eyes down the rows of shiny glass amber.

I will go to kegging one day but I'm not in a hurry and I will only keg certain types of beer.

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:20 AM   #34
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I also love bottling! I often take 5-gallon batches and split them into 5 1-gallon secondaries with different stuff. Bottling allows much more flexibility and experimentation this way.

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:32 AM   #35
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I also learned a lot from the Revvy sticky on bottling and have it set up to be about 30 minutes of bottling and capping a 5 gallon batch. It takes me about ten minutes active bottle prep with a bottel jet cleaner and brush, then a full sanitize dishwasher run. Sometimes I will do this in the morning to bottle at night or let the bottles sit overnight and first thing in the morning.

I have made an effort to make my set up practical so most of my work is done without a lot of wasted motion. So for me, it's a few Van Morrison tunes and before I know it, I'm done.

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:48 AM   #36
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I like star san for brew day, but on bottle day I prefer iodophor. I use the bottle squirter and the star san just foams too much and stays in the bottle too long and interferes with filling.

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Old 12-09-2012, 04:01 AM   #37
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I've stopped using sanitizer on bottles.. i just stick them in the dish washer with a finger of white vinegar to counteract base elements.

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Old 12-09-2012, 07:49 AM   #38
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I have my wife do the filling and I do the capping. I think it's easier for her than trying to work the wing capper. Oh, and the 7 year old brings the bottles from the dishwasher to the filling area and the 5 year old stacks the capped bottles in the boxes.
You aren't bottling on your dishwasher lid? That trick alone made me love bottling even more... Literally no clean up.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:39 AM   #39
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You aren't bottling on your dishwasher lid? That trick alone made me love bottling even more... Literally no clean up.
I'm giving that a try during my next bottling session.

I agree with most that bottling is kind of relaxing to me. It's mindless, but productive. It also lets me see all that great beer I'll be enjoying and sharing in the near future.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:07 AM   #40
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If I grew to hate bottling as some guys here do then I would probly just quit homebrewing. I don't mind it at all and I think bottled homebrew is just better anyway. I have bottled 147 5gal batches now.

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