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Old 01-06-2010, 06:56 PM   #41
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I know. It's got a reservoir for Jet Dry that's been filled for years. I can't believe how long that stuff lasts but there's still some in there and no good way to get it out.
oh ok. that makes sense. figured there was something I was missing there.


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Old 01-06-2010, 07:18 PM   #42
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I just went stright to kegging, I like the Idea of bottling but come on kegging is awesome! you can force carb and in a few Hours you and nice cold carbonated beer. Yes it dose get better with time but who wants to wait! If I want a bottle of something I'll just pick one up, you just can't beat having your own keg of homemade brew, even if it comes out as ****y as mine



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I only bottled one batch so take it for what it's worth. SWMBO got tired of the "frathouse" look and told me I was switchin to kegs. BUT the 1 time I did bottle, it wasn't any big deal. Threw em in the dishwasher and pulled them out after cool down and bottled away. Fill 6 and cap 6. Repeat.
The worst part about bottling, IMO, is having the empties taking up space. Filling and capping is just another part of brewing.

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the part I don't like it sanitizing all my stuff because I have to use the bathroom and it's a pain in my back leaning over the tub.
The kitchen counter and a wall paper tray handle the long stuff and will save your back.

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I'm lucky enough to have two good friends who come over at bottling time. We just set up an assembly line. One sanitizes the bottles, one fills them, the last caps them. Takes 30 minutes or less.

I'd love to get in to kegging, but I figure I should get better at making consistently good beer first.

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Old 01-06-2010, 09:55 PM   #46
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The kitchen counter and a wall paper tray handle the long stuff and will save your back.

that is a great idea!! I was at HD and I saw the trays for plaster but they were too short.
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Bombers. The time it takes to fill one is exactly how long it takes to cap one and get a new bottle ready. I can bottle a 5.75 batch in 30 minutes, including dragging all the stuff out and cleaning up.

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Bring it over my place, I'll bottle for you.

I don't mind bottling at all. Sure kegging is faster, but I can't share a keg as much as I can a few bottles.

I have over 10 - 5 liter minikegs, over 20 cornies and over 20 cases of 0,5 liter bottles from Germany...my biggest decision is which one do I use for which brew?

I just pick one and go for it.

Every bottle I cap is not a chore, but a success story...

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Every bottle I cap is not a chore, but a success story...
I love this, my friend.

I hope you don't mind but you just became the "preface" of my bottling thread.
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I bottled for the first time last night. Took a little over two hours, but other than my 3 year old daughter that insisted on helping (and loved it) I was doing it alone.

More than half the time was spent cleaning & sanitizing bottles. I had saved up bottles for a while now, rinsing them and then storing them in the garage. They've been gathering dust out there for several weeks so I rinsed & brushed them with tap water. Then rinsed & brushed them with no-rinse sanitizer. Then set them upside down on the (sanitized) counter top to drain. I was very careful because I knew that all of those upside down bottles might fall, but I still knocked them over once. Fortunately only one broke.

I just now found out about Revvy's method, and will see what I can implement..

Lessons -
1) Get a bottle tree or some other device to hold the bottles while they drain.

2) Rinse saved bottles better. (There was some mildew in a few of them. Fortunately, I noticed and cleaned them all)

3) Store saved bottles upside down

4) Get more big bottles (I did buy some flip top 22's and I had a flip top 24, so that cut me down to about 35 12's.

Question:
I do have some big 5 pint flip top growlers from a brewery in Austin. These are a cool size because 5 pints makes for a good amount between my wife & I. However - somewhere, I read or heard that large containers like this tend to over carb. Is this true? I'm also a little concerned about the seal. Will it be tight enough to carb the beer?



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