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Old 07-21-2009, 05:22 PM   #1
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So, I have a half batch sitting in the corner and I'm simply dreading the idea of bottling it. I have to run the dishwasher, empty it, then fill it with my own bottles and run it again, rinse them by hand and then continue bottling.

I've decided I'll just top off my keg with this batch and go on my life without ever bottling again.

I feel FREE!!!!

I don't like to share my beer anyways.



 
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Old 07-21-2009, 05:32 PM   #2
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Bottling is not that hard.


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Old 07-21-2009, 05:35 PM   #3
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Bottling is not that hard.
I agree.

get a 19 gallon tub - fill it with water and sanitizer; get a vinator and bottle tree, clean and sanitize your bottles and bottle. takes me less than 2 hours start to finish for a 5-gallon batch.

the key is to rinse out your bottles well after pouring from them.

 
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Old 07-21-2009, 05:42 PM   #4
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Me and my wife can bottle a batch in 45 minutes start to finish.
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Old 07-21-2009, 05:45 PM   #5
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I agree.

get a 19 gallon tub - fill it with water and sanitizer; get a vinator and bottle tree, clean and sanitize your bottles and bottle. takes me less than 2 hours start to finish for a 5-gallon batch.

the key is to rinse out your bottles well after pouring from them.
Ditto....I still maintain that if bottling is "so hard" it's your own damn fault for not pimping the process to work for you.


Repetitive, yes (and if repetitive is "hard" then you have attention deficit issues you instant gratification, mtv watchin, text message sending attention span of a gnat young un, who would never hack an assembly line job.)

But hard, no....all it takes is adapting the process to work for you and where you are the most comfortable doing it.

No one SAYS you have to do it like it is described in papazain or palmer's books...sitting on the floor with your bottling wand on a hose and your bottling bucket on a counter, spilling half your beer because your back hurts and you can't see the beer actually filling the bottles so you end up with more on the floor. And knocking your bottles over while you try to hold them with your legs and cap them.....

That's why we have a ton of tips here. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/revv...herwise-94812/

Pick up a few of them and you'll be bottling easy peasy and quickly in no time.

It takes me on average about 45 minutes to bottle a 5 gallon batch of beer. I can do it and be cleaning up before the CD or basic brewing podcast I was listening to while bottling has ended.

It's funny, we adapt all manner of the brewing process to work for us...Hydrometer or not, carboy or bucket, secondary or long primary, yadda yadda yadda...

But most brewers bottle exactly how it is written in the book, get pissed off, and either make it a chore to dread, or switch to kegs and feel the need to bash bottling left and right, and mention "kegging" in every bottling thread, like the poster is an idiot who doesn't know kegging exists to begin with.

But never do they actually try to become it's master.....
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Old 07-21-2009, 05:48 PM   #6
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I still maintain that if bottling is "so hard" it's your own damn fault for not pimping the process to work for you.
Preach it Revvy!

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Old 07-21-2009, 05:51 PM   #7
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I don't bottle anymore either. It's not "hard" to bottle, but washing, sanitizing and filling the bottles takes time. I prefer to put that time into something else. If I'm going to share my beer, I pull from the tap into a growler. If I'm going to enter a competition, I bottle from the keg.

Just my $0.02.

 
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Old 07-21-2009, 05:57 PM   #8
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I just bottles my latest brew,86 bottles. first time it came out exact. most of the time I am short a few. but it was not hard and I got 86 frigging bottles of beer to drink and share. its called working for it.

 
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Ditto....I still maintain that if bottling is "so hard" it's your own damn fault for not pimping the process to work for you.


heck, while I'm brewing an Oktoberfest tonight, my goal is to bottle 2.5 gallons of Apfelwein, 1 gallon of grape mead, 1 gallon of medium show mead, 1 gallon of blackberry wine, and 1 gallon of white-grape/raspberry wine.

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Old 07-21-2009, 05:59 PM   #10
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It's really the time.

Dishwasher is NEVER empty, so I'll need to run it to empty it. 2 hours

Then I need to run my bottles through. 2 hours there.

The actual process sure may only take 45-60 min, but the time adds up.

I still bottle wine.



 
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