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Old 10-16-2012, 01:43 AM   #1
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Default Kegging or bottling?!?

Oh man, I can't decide. I can't decide. My first brew is approaching rack point soon. I don't know whether to keg or bottle. What do most homebrewers do? I know a bit about the benefits of each. I know the price differences for equipment too.

Any stories or feedback?

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Old 10-16-2012, 01:49 AM   #2
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Keg. You won't regret it.

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Old 10-16-2012, 01:49 AM   #3
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I do both

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I bottled my very first batch and ever since then I have been kegging. They both have pros and cons. Kegging is 1,000 times easier especially with one person. Though the start up cost for kegging is a lot.

Also remember if you keg, you can bottle from the keg without getting the yeast sediment on the bottom like you do when you bottle.

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Kegged: Dunkelweizen, Fizzy yellow beer and Pumpkin Ale

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On my list to brew: Stone IPA and some kind of wit
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I've bottled for a year now... & I'll be buying a keg, Co2 tank & tap this week.

I'm tired of bottling. :\

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I like them both, but I primarily keg because I am about to add another 3 head tap, 6 taps of tasty home brew. I do use the bottles after I keg so I can store for a long time wait and see.
I use the flip top bottles so bottling is easy.

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I keg with a 3ft picnic tap usually 9-10psi to serve. Love it, but I'd liek a bottling gun soon

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I bought all the necessary kegging equipment. I really want to bottle special stuff, though, to age and see if it gets any worse than the horrible trub rot I drink from the keg.

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trub rot I drink from the keg.
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Having both is good, so if you have to buy bottles its not a huge loss.

Bottles work well for aging long brews, things like Cider, Mead, Barleywine..where you dont necessarily want to just leave a carboy out of commission for 8+ months, bottle it all up, hide it in a corner of the closet and continue brewing until its ready. Kegs are way better for dispensing immediate beer though, only needing to carb for a few days to be ready if you dont force carb.

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