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Old 09-27-2007, 01:33 AM   #1
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Ok, as you all know i just bottled my first batch. I see that alot of you guys and gals keg. Is there a differance? I like bottled beer. I guess i like kegged beer. i drink some good Guinness here in Boston.. The people who keg, do you miss bottled beer?



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Old 09-27-2007, 02:53 AM   #2
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Since none of the "real keggers" have replied, I'll take a stab at it since I have a new kegging system I'm about to start using.

After your first 3-4 batches, bottling will become a huge chore. It's kind of cool when you start out but gets tedious.

If you keg, you can also bottle some of your beer when you rack to the keg or if you have the equipment, you can bottle beer from your kegs at any time you want it.

And of course the most obvious reason is that nice cold pint that you draw from your own keg w/out worrying about washing out the bottle or not disturbing the sediment.

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Old 09-27-2007, 05:56 AM   #3
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I am also still new to brewing and kegging. I have kegged 4 of 7 batches so far. The big difference for me, kegging is easier than bottling. I am not sure if there is a taste difference...... Does anyone know???? Plus having your beer on tap is awesome.

keg = easy and awesome

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Old 09-27-2007, 05:57 AM   #4
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The reason most keg is not because of taste difference it is for ease and convenience.

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Old 09-27-2007, 01:35 PM   #5
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Do I miss bottled beer? No way. I started kegging my beer shortly after I converted to 10 gallon batches, and never looked back. The amount energy and time saved in kegging as opposed to bottling is HUGE!
I occasionally fill bottles and growlers right off the tap for my peeps which keeps them happy.

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Old 09-27-2007, 02:42 PM   #6
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My bottled beer aways tasted more yeasty even if I poured carefully. In my kegged beers, I taste no yeast at all. Maybe it's partly perception but it's really only one of many benefits. It's a lot easier to amass and store 10 kegs than 500 bottles.

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I tend to do both. I bottle the beers I plan to brink over time, or more specialty. The standard styles I keg. It is a simplicity thing for me. I have limited taps available, 2 CO2, 1 beer gas, so I have to pick and choose some times on what goes in the keg.

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I don't miss bottling, I still do it for the ease of seeing what the beer I'm kegging is doing. Kinda like a test jar. Plus, if I'm satisfied with the one bottle and like the same beer from the keg, then I have beer to send to my family, or to a HB competition. So I do both still, bottle in flip-tops, and keg.

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my beer really improved in clarity when, I started kegging.

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I bottled for five years before I got my kegging equipment., and I don't miss bottling one bit. Kegs are easier to deal with, easier to fill, take up less storage space, give me carbonated beer in less time, allow me to adjust carbonation when necessary, allow me to pour as much or as little beer as I want at the time, and as PITT said, are awesome.

Bottles are good for aging beer that you will drink over time in that they are cheaper than kegs, but even a six pack of beer takes up about the same footprint as a keg. Bottles are much easier to transport, if you only want to move a few beers.

If you like bottles, though, keep on bottling!


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