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Old 02-19-2012, 07:16 AM   #11
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I carb everything in the keg. When I want to bottle some, I purge the keg, dial the pressure down to 1-2 psi, push my bottling cane (without the spring tip) up into the plastic faucet and bottle away...it works great, no counter-pressure contraption required. Just don't open the faucet part way, it will foam too much...full open or full closed.
So, do the bottles stay carbonated from that point? Or do they need time after you cap them using your method?
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:04 PM   #12
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They will stay carbonated. I make a five gallon batch of beer, carb it with co2, bottle half and put it on the shelf for friends and what's left in the keg is mine. When I run out in the keg then I drink the bottles if there's any left. The carbonation in the bottles is always very good.

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Old 02-19-2012, 12:22 PM   #13
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You could also plan on slightly larger batches if you want to bottle some. Bump up your batches by a gallon and you can easily bottle up 10-12 beers and you still have a full keg.

Of course this only works if you have a relatively large fermenter, and is easier if you are making your own recipes (instead of buying kits).

Me personally, I do 10 gallon batches in two seperate fermenters. One goes to keg, the other goes to bottles.

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You could also plan on slightly larger batches if you want to bottle some. Bump up your batches by a gallon and you can easily bottle up 10-12 beers and you still have a full keg.

Of course this only works if you have a relatively large fermenter.......
...... or, add a mini fermentor or two like I do. I brew 6 gallons and use a couple half gallon liquor bottles for the extra. After about a week I pour them into the bucket and it is almost full.

I get a full keg and a few bottles every batch. I like the Cooper's drops for carbing the bottles.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:05 AM   #15
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This is all good to know. Thanks guys!

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this is all good to know. Thanks guys!
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Whoo hoo!
This is exciting.
Just checked and seems like my broken cane and picnic tap will work pretty perfect for this.

I like the idea of having some bottles to be able to take to a friend's house.

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Just bottle from the keg when you need to.
I didn't read any further than this post. That was the answer i would give.
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Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I couldn't find this specific answer...

When you bottle from your keg, how carbonated is it? Can you literally bottle it from the keg, hand it to a friend, and they drink it that night when they get home? Or does it need a couple days?

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When you bottle from your keg, how carbonated is it? Can you literally bottle it from the keg, hand it to a friend, and they drink it that night when they get home? Or does it need a couple days?
You got it. That's the beauty of bottling from a keg, you have fully carbed beer (provided you don't knock it all out of the beer) ready to drink, with no sediment.
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