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Old 07-17-2013, 02:22 AM   #1
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I'm getting tired of bottling. Just bottled my 4th 5 gallon batch since starting brewing last November. I have my process down but it still takes me a long time from start to finish. Tester it took an hr and 45 minutes to bottle the batch. How long does kegging take? Howmanymbatches did you

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Old 07-17-2013, 02:23 AM   #2
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How many batches did you do until you switched to kegging?

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Old 07-17-2013, 02:27 AM   #3
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A lot! But I'm glad I switched.

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Old 07-17-2013, 02:31 AM   #4
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I bottled for over five years and around two hundred batches. What pushed me totally over the edge was having to bottle 20 gallons in one afternoon - on the hottest day of 2010 - in the middle of MAY!

I was paranoid about wee beasties drifting into buckets and bottles so I had all the windows closed and the AC off. The house got to within an eyelash of 90°F by the ~200th bottle, and I vowed that was it for the whole bottling thing. That evening I had ordered all the parts I needed to build a six faucet keezer, and with Craig's List's help the rest is history...

Cheers!

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Old 07-17-2013, 02:40 AM   #5
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I switched after four batches. Second best thing I've done for my brewing. First was going all grain.

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Old 07-17-2013, 02:45 AM   #6
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I switched after a year. If your keg is empty and clean it takes 20 mins

Carbing takes a week or so. Best part for me was clearer beer consistently.

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Old 07-17-2013, 02:45 AM   #7
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My bottling day was a ridiculous amount of time and energy. I bottled every batch from 1996 until 2012, but I brewed A LOT less because the bottling day always sucked. From cleaning each and every bottle with a scrub brush and then sanitizing to transferring, boiling up priming sugar, filling bottles, and capping. If I really wanted to torture myself then I'd get to start the whole process by cleaning labels off of old commercial bottles. I DO NOT miss those days. I think my typical day from very start to very end was about 4 hours. It wasn't hard work but it was very mundane..... and the worry of contamination the whole time.

Kegging is much more my speed. It can still take a bit of time to thoroughly clean multiple kegs but it's still only in the range of 1.5 hours to clean a batch of 4-6 kegs; the equivalent of ~250 bottles. Split it up and it takes about 20 minutes to clean and sanitize a batches worth of bottles. Once I clean a batch of kegs then I'm good for many more brews. That's the bulk of the time. Transferring from primary to keg is 5 minutes, and then just clean the fermenter, cane and hose. So 20 + 5 + 15 is about 40 minutes of time for kegging one batch versus the 4 hours it used to take me. Plus, the only time I'm worried about contamination is while it's transferring which is a matter of minutes.

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Old 07-17-2013, 03:40 AM   #8
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I started out kegging, but I still bottle a bunch. I have 3 batches to bottle this week.

If you have brewed 4 batches in 8 months I question the logic of buying a kegging system.

It'll likely be your most expensive piece of equipment

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Old 07-17-2013, 03:45 AM   #9
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I have 25 gallons ready to package. I can't imagine putting all that in bottles. Kegs is the way to go. I only use bottles now for high gravity beers that will sit for a while and take a long time to drink.

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Keg it!!!!!!!! You'll never turn back!!

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