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autobaun70 03-10-2011 01:14 AM

Making Bottling Less Painful
 
Been brewing for a couple of months so far, and have had great results. Already having a kegerator, I jumped directly into kegging just for the simplicity of it, but now the itch to be able to have travel beer more readily available beer for tailgating, trips to the lake, ect. has hit, so I am figuring that bottling at least some is in order. The bottling process is easy enough, just looking for some tips to speed up the process to make it more appealing. I've got a few flip tops, but given the expense for these I'm primarily stocking up on 22oz SNPA and similar bottles. Any other tips you can offer?

Tripod 03-10-2011 01:20 AM

What kind of capper are you using? My wife bought me a bench capper. Way easier than the two-handed type. Highly recommend!

ekjohns 03-10-2011 01:23 AM

cheap beer gun. This rocks cause you can drink stright from the bottle without clearing a room

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/we-n...eer-gun-24678/

autobaun70 03-10-2011 01:24 AM

currently I just have a wing capper. The only bottling I have been doing so far is at most 2 or 3 flip tops if my batch was a bit over the capacity of my kegs, so it hasn't been an issue. Am I correct in assuming that having uniformly sized bottles is the only way to go if using a bench capper to avoid continual adjustments?

autobaun70 03-10-2011 01:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ekjohns (Post 2722059)
cheap beer gun. This rocks cause you can drink stright from the bottle without clearing a room

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/we-n...eer-gun-24678/

What sort of shelf life do you get when going this route vs natural carbonation? I mainly want to have a couple of cases on hand at any given time to be able to grab and go. I've been filling growlers for traveling, which is OK, but most of the time when I am traveling it is to the lake on a Friday after work, and the extra time this takes is a deal breaker.

Special Hops 03-10-2011 01:31 AM

Filling a growler takes like 2 minutes? Am I missing something?

ZWood15 03-10-2011 01:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by autobaun70 (Post 2722073)
What sort of shelf life do you get when going this route vs natural carbonation? I mainly want to have a couple of cases on hand at any given time to be able to grab and go. I've been filling growlers for traveling, which is OK, but most of the time when I am traveling it is to the lake on a Friday after work, and the extra time this takes is a deal breaker.

I use the same method and don't have any bottles that I have been storing, but what I love is the ability to get the carb exactly where I want it, then bottle it as is. With yeast and bottling sugar, I always felt it was a crap shoot as to whether or not it would be right.

I still bottled my barleywine with yeast and priming sugar since I'm planning on saving several for a few years...

autobaun70 03-10-2011 01:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Special Hops (Post 2722091)
Filling a growler takes like 2 minutes? Am I missing something?

Filling 5 or 6 for an entire weekend takes a bit too long though, When I leave work on Friday's it's typically after 6 when I get home, and another hour and a half to the lake. Lake time is something that can't be interfered with for any reason.....

Flomaster 03-10-2011 01:45 AM

so bottle the night before and put the growlers in the fridge,

get off work, grab cold growlers, head off to the lake?

-=jason=-

autobaun70 03-10-2011 01:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Flomaster (Post 2722144)
so bottle the night before and put the growlers in the fridge,

get off work, grab cold growlers, head off to the lake?

-=jason=-

I've done that once, and it improved the timing a bit, but a 1/2 gallon jug of beer is less than ideal on a boat. I normally drink from a glass, but on a boat with the vibration and wind, beer gets really flat really quick when in a glass, so a can or bottle is pretty much a must.


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