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Old 12-26-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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So I've made one batch of beer so far. I have noted washing/cleaning bottles to be a bit of a pain. Plus I had a hell of a time getting my beer to carb up. Is kegging easier? Interested in hearing from a few experienced guys. I'm experienced in drinking the beer. New to making it. Thanks for your help.

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Old 12-26-2012, 01:57 PM   #2
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I think its easier but is also a lot more expensive than bottling.

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Old 12-26-2012, 02:05 PM   #3
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Carbing your bottles really shouldn't be a hard as much as it is about being patient. 3 weeks at 70 is a good base line. If you cold crash or crash cold (depending on how you say it) it may take another week.

When i bottle condition i place my bottles on top of my food freezer down in the basement and they are done in 3 weeks every time.

I now keg. With it comes a fair amount of equipment. I have also bleed out around ten lbs of co2 do to a leaking lid. So when kegging there still complications, they are just different than bottling. Force carbonating takes less patience. i have my beers ready to drink in about a week. You can have them done faster depending on your methods.

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I used conditioning tablets in my bottling, not priming sugar. Thinking that may have been another Newbie mistake. Took almost 2 months in 68 degree to carbonate. Trail and error though... If it was easy everyone would do it right. Lol.

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I think kegging is easier, but it's pretty expensive. Especially when you factor in cost of the kegerator. I think it's worth it though.

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They have their advantages and disadvantages.

I bottle most of my brews because I like variety. I usually have at least 15 or more different brews around in varying quantities, and keep 8-10 of them in the fridge all the time. That way if I feel like having a certain beer then Ican have that one, and then have something different for the next. There is no way I could keep 15 or more brews on tap.

I do keg but mostly have my nitro taps set up for stouts and Irish Reds that are so. good on beergas.

Bottling is not hard or time consuming if you get a good system down. I always clean my bottles as I drink them sothe get put away clean. Then on bottling day a quick squirt of Starsan and they are ready to bottle.

There are a lot of good bottling tips in this thread.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/bott...ebrewer-94812/

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cleaning bottles gets easier as you get a stock pile just rinse them real good when your done. a vineator will make sanitation WAY easier and is only like $20. Get a buddy or SWMBO to help you bottle and it will go much faster. One person fills, one person caps. Kegging is easier but much more expensive and you will still want to bottle sometimes intead of keg.

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They have their advantages and disadvantages.

I bottle most of my brews because I like variety. I usually have at least 15 or more different brews around in varying quantities, and keep 8-10 of them in the fridge all the time. That way if I feel like having a certain beer then Ican have that one, and then have something different for the next. There is no way I could keep 15 or more brews on tap.
^+1 I have the space and $ to keg but this is why I bottle. Over time it gets faster as you get the process and technique down.
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Also... whether you keg or bottle, the beer still needs to condition for 2 to 3 weeks. You can force carb a beer with a keg system and be drinking it in 3 days. But you're drinking "green" beer.

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Also... whether you keg or bottle, the beer still needs to condition for 2 to 3 weeks. You can force carb a beer with a keg system and be drinking it in 3 days. But you're drinking "green" beer.

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This isn't necessarily true. I know i have read plenty of of times in a handful of threads that yooper has her beers ready to drink much faster than that. I haven't been comfortable with achieving her speed just yet but it can be done. Besides that I drink my beer sooner than that as well.

14-21 days primary
7 days in keg
DRINK

if it is a barely wine or something imperial i can see letting it sit longer.

In the end it's about your process not mine. To each there own, just know very little is written in stone.
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