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Old 12-07-2007, 04:01 PM   #1
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Default Keg vs bottle (for beginner)

So I'm a new brewer and already own a keg-o-rator. I was wondering if I should bottle my first batch to gain the experience, or just go ahead and buy a corny keg and put it in there. My opinion is if it is easier and I have the equipment, then do it. I just wanted to know your opinions.

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Old 12-07-2007, 04:20 PM   #2
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Totally keg from the beginning.

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Old 12-07-2007, 04:45 PM   #3
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Totally keg from the beginning.
What the Rev said.

I have bottled 3 batches so far, I have 3 batches sitting on hand that I need to bottle, and I don't wanna do it.

I'm already up to 250+ bottles, and I'm ready to ditch them. Give me das KEGS!
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Yup, if you've got most everything in place already I say keg. I bottled 30+ batches and I despised it everytime.

Although kegging hasn't been much better for me yet. I force carbed two kegs last Friday and had to go refill my 5lb CO2 tank already. Freaking leak somewhere that I can't find is really ticking me off.

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Absolutely keg if you can. Bottling is the one part of the process I hate. Since I started kegging I only bottle when giving away a large amount as gifts or for big beers that need lots of aging.

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You own the kegorator.

There is a small learning curve with cornies, fittings, etc?
Is this first batch started? Or no.

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You own the kegorator.

There is a small learning curve with cornies, fittings, etc?
Is this first batch started? Or no.
I haven't started the first batch in my new system, but have brewed in a different one though and yes, I own the kegorator. How difficult/different are the fittings from a normal (store bought) keg setup?
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Another question, is the secondary fermentation/conditioning time the same when kegging?

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I was just wondering if this was a 1 week window or six. Sounds closer to six. I don't think it's really that hard per se. It would be difficult if your beer is in secondary and you're waiting for cornies to be shipped from Michigan and you still haven't figured out how to siphon, etc.

You have time.

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Another question, is the secondary fermentation/conditioning time the same when kegging?
Yes, but you can also secondary IN the keg if you feel like it. Info can be found mid-thread here; http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=47189&highlight=secondary ; we were just talking bout it yesterday I think.
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