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Old 03-06-2009, 02:26 AM   #1
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I have bottled 26 batches of beer so far. I don't mind bottling. Bottling day is quick and easy compared to brewday, plus I like having live, cask conditioned ale that continues to improve with age, and I love the pfffft when I open a bottle of my homebrew. I may never go the kegging route. I'm quite happy with my bottled brew. How 'bout you?
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Old 03-06-2009, 02:28 AM   #2
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I'm a kegger now, but not for that long, maybe about two years. So, the first 100 or 150 batches were all bottled!

That said, I am so glad I keg now. I can't believe I bottled like 5000 bottles before I started this!
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Old 03-06-2009, 03:22 AM   #3
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I did around 20 batches, then switched to kegging. However, I bottle my porter and aventinus. BUT, really like the taste out of the keg. Right now I am on batch 38.

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Old 03-06-2009, 03:44 AM   #4
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Rochester, MN
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I started with kegging (don't hate me), but I made my last batch as a present for my dad and bottled it and it made me appreciate kegging that much more. I don't mind filling a 6er or 12 pack with the BMBF, but I definitely did not enjoy bottling 2 cases worth. Although it did go quicker than I expected.
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:07 AM   #5
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The Middle East
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What does Revvy always say about bottling threads, I can't quite remember but I know it has to do with kegging... hmmm...

I bottle and so far, collectively (including the hiatus I took for 2 years), I have bottle 15 batches...
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:11 AM   #6
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Dec 2008
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I bottled my first batch, and then got a sweet deal on cornies from eBay. So I shopped around and invested in what I needed to get a basic kegging system set up. However, since I'm still new to the hobby I'm pretty much going back and forth based on what's empty. My second batch? I didn't have enough bottles cleaned out yet - into the keg it went. Third batch? Plenty of clean bottles, and wanted to keg fourth batch - into the bottles they went. I think it'll be like this for a while...
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:33 AM   #7
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i keg and bottle from the keg as needed; a picnic tap and a racking cane = beergun and you can bottle a assload of beer in 15 minutes flat.
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:47 AM   #8
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I actually enjoy the whole bottling process. Like Beerbeque stated, the pfffft is a satisfying zen to me! I do, however plan on eventually getting to a point where I can keg a corny and cart it to a party or picnic or wherever.

The bottles are great if it's just me and some pals but I would like to travel without dealing with glass. Some places (like the beach) won't let you drink from glass bottles so I think a little kegger with a picnic tap might be a fun alternative.

I've helped others bottle but I've done about 10 of my own batches so far...

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Old 03-06-2009, 05:05 AM   #9
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I do both, but I've probably bottled about 100 batches...

Right now I have 17 full cornies, 7 cases of brew, 9 batches in primaries and secondaries and over 100 bottles of meads and ciders...and planning on brewing again this weekend after I do my taxes...
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:49 AM   #10
Mar 2009
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Bottled 3 batches so far... 1 keg... I do like the bottles and I don't have a keggerator yet, so that might make me bias towards bottling. I really enjoy giving my home brew away, people always love to try new beers.

But if I had the nice keg setup, I might do every other one keg...

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