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Old 04-29-2009, 11:50 PM   #1
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Looking at the bottle thread made me wonder why most people have 12 oz vs 22 oz bottles. I figured that the 22 oz would make bottling easier, so started collecting them a couple of months ago, and have basically stopped buying 12 oz bottles for the most part. (getting kind of tired of Fisher amber, but the large flip top bottles are cheaper full, than buying them at the LHBS) Also bought a couple of cases of bombers. I figured I'd bottle a few of 12oz ones for testing carbonation at week 2, 3 and 4, and leave the bombers alone until then.

Should I be saving more 12 oz bottles for any reason. I also find a bomber a good size for drinking. 12 oz makes me just want to have another, then I figure I have had 2 so might as well have 3, then the other 3 in the six pack look lonely so I might as well finish them off. If I have one bomber then I am usually good.

The one issue I can see is with the bomber having to pour out into the glass a couple of times, unless I get some bigger glasses/

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Old 04-29-2009, 11:52 PM   #2
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I suppose if I were more honest with myself I'd buy more bombers, since I almost never just drink 12oz of beer in one sitting
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:53 PM   #3
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I agree, the only part that sucks is the second pour. But I've solved this with some nice 20oz glasses! And if you plan to take your beer to a party, or to a brew club meeting just bring a pitcher so you don't have to stop your pour. I got a couple cases of 22oz bottles from CL and bought a case of Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale in 24oz bottles, so I'm set if I need to bottle a batch.

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Old 04-30-2009, 12:35 AM   #4
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What I don't keg goes in 500ml swings for in-house use or bombers for sharing. Only annoying part is most competitions only accept 12oz.

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Old 04-30-2009, 01:37 AM   #5
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and sometimes you don't want to give away a 22 oz, some only _______
a) want b) need c) deserve a 12 oz bottle

I love them - perfect size for me.... and the best way to solve the second pour it to have two bottles and share with a friend....
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:54 AM   #6
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12s give me more bottles to share. 22s go too fast.
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:38 AM   #7
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i've done half 22/12oz bottles for a few batches, that's worked well.
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Old 04-30-2009, 11:08 AM   #8
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Plus be aware that bombers will carbonate differently and take longer to age.

Larger bottles need less priming sugar. Just like Party Pigs need 1/3 less priming sugar.

I have no problem with 12 oz bottles but always have 2 or 3 flip top bombers mixed in with the batch.
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:12 PM   #9
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I only buy 12 ounce bottles - they are easy to come by, and as an added bonus, you can get them with some pretty good beers in them.
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:40 PM   #10
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I've been beefing up my bomber collection as well (Picked up several at the last brewfest I went to, love free bottles). I keg, so I'll bottle in both kinds when I need to give some away. If it is for presents I might use the bombers, if mailing it I'll probably use 12 ouncers since I can send more variety that way. Also for competitions you need the plain 12 ounce bottles.
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