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Old 10-15-2007, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default this just in, bottling sucks

just bottled my maple porter yesterday, damn i hate bottling, its so damn tedious and annoying. anyways, a couple hours later everything was said and done, 50 bottles await me.

as i was sitting there sanitizing the bottles i started thinking to myself how i was going to go and buy the soda kegging system the local brew supply store sells and be done with bottling. only problem is, you can just buy the complete system, you need multiple kegs for multiple beers, and then you some place to keep them cool, hmmm problem. better start saving my $$ for a beer fridge.

that is, unless anyone wants to donate ? .... j/k, okay, i'm done ranting now, damn bottles.

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Old 10-15-2007, 04:45 PM   #2
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heh, yeah bottling is a LOT more work than kegging.

that said, i still bottle some of my batches, and keg others. bottles are a little more portable although I do have all that I need to take a carb'd keg to a remote dispensing site.

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Old 10-15-2007, 05:22 PM   #3
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Kegging is the best way to go. I haven't made the switch yet. A bottling tree with the vinator on top makes bottling more tolerable. I bought the bench capper and that helps speed things up a bit too.

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Old 10-15-2007, 06:30 PM   #4
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I kegged my last batch...first keg. It was sooo easy compared to bottling. However, I like having bottles becuase I can have more variety(Only have one tap) and the portability.

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Old 10-15-2007, 06:33 PM   #5
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I'm definitely scheming on kegging myself. I've bottled 25 gallons in the past 3 wks, and 5 more goes in tonight...it gets old after awhile. I just have these bastard ER bills to pay off before I can invest a cent in kegging. I have 4 cornies and a cobra/picnic tap that were kinda donated to me indefinitely...but I need the tank and the disconnects and the regulators and the fridge/freezer. Not cheap. So I'm sticking with bottling for now. Eventually I'd like to have an operation where I have 2-4 beers on tap at all times, and bottle the rest.

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Old 10-15-2007, 06:33 PM   #6
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There's a lot to be said in moving from this:

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Old 10-15-2007, 07:03 PM   #7
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I went the other way round. I kegged first because I had the equipment. Seemed like I had beer for longer too. I since moved to bottling and although the tap is really really really nice, there is much to be said when someone else opens up one of your bottles and empties it into a pilsner glass. Don't get me wrong I get the same feeling from a keg tap but for me it is all about portability and being able to bring my beer to the masses.

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bottling sucks so much I haven't bottled my steam beer....just sitting there waiting, I should just bite the bullet and do it

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While it certainly isn't my favourite part of brewing, I actually enjoy bottling. It's that little bit of effort that makes the final product all the more enjoyable. I recently got into kegging but I can only have 2 taps. Being someone who craves variety I know I will still be bottling way more brews than I keg. Plus as others have mentioned, the portability is a great benefit to bottling.

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