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Old 01-14-2012, 03:50 AM   #1
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Is bottling really that much of a pain I've never done it but I'm going to have to soon my first batch is almost ready

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Old 01-14-2012, 03:53 AM   #2
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yeah, it sucks ass.

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Old 01-14-2012, 03:54 AM   #3
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It's not so bad, kind of fun actually...at first...until you start kegging, then you're like, "I'm never bottling again!" LOL

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Old 01-14-2012, 03:58 AM   #4
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It's not that bad if you have a couple of hours to kill. Or lack a several hundred dollars for a kegging setup.

Plus it is a lot easier to grab 6-12 bottles for an outing than transporting a keg and cooler.

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Old 01-14-2012, 03:59 AM   #5
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Yea I'm interested in doing it once or twice but will most likely get a few cornys and build a keezer looks like a fun project.

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Old 01-14-2012, 04:00 AM   #6
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Yea that's true though i guess I'd always bottle a 12 pack

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Old 01-14-2012, 04:02 AM   #7
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When I was in college, I enjoyed bottling. I had all the time in the world. Now it's just a huge time waster for me that makes me question the hobby due to all the work. Kegging from now on. And I'll bottle some from the keg too.

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Old 01-14-2012, 04:10 AM   #8
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Bottling can be a chore with what comes with the standard kit. I have a keg as well, but I have a bottling "rig" set up, so it's pretty easy. Bottling bucket is elevated, use a vinator to sanitize, filling is hands free, then a bench capper at the end of the line. Painless.

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Old 01-14-2012, 01:27 PM   #9
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bottling almost made me quit the hobby. but really there is much worse things than spending an hour to bottle your beer.

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Old 01-14-2012, 03:15 PM   #10
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Bottling isn't much of a pain at first. Another way to feel connected with your beer. But I just got my kegging setup in the mail from Midwest on Tuesday. In short, I'm never going back (except for what I plan to give to family/friends). And this is after four years of bottling.

That said, there are ways to help make things go much more smoothly and make things much less messy than they could be. Check around on the boards and you'll find some great advice. Here's a link to a good thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/bott...ebrewer-94812/ The biggest thing I did to help my bottling process was to use the dishwasher like the pic in the second post. That way if there's a mess, who cares - it's on the inside of the dishwasher door.

Oh, and most importantly, CONGRATS ON THE FIRST BATCH!

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