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Old 11-12-2010, 04:19 PM   #1
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I want to bottle next weekend. I have 9 empty bombers right now. I was thinking of going to the store and picking up about 7 more full ones and drinking 1 a night until bottling day and then picking up a case of 12 at the local homebrew shop. I was just curious if there is any benefit or downside to doing this? I am saving all my 12oz bottles as well and probably have about 30 or so sitting around but I want to process as streamlined as possible.

 
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Old 11-12-2010, 04:25 PM   #2
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I prefer 12oz bottles just because they are a single serving, which makes it easier to keep the sediment in the bottom of the bottle and out of your glass. If you pour half a bomber into your glass, then go back for the other half, you'll notice it's much, much hazier than the first.

 
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Old 11-12-2010, 04:30 PM   #3
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For me, this one is easy, as you simply have to ask yourself the question: Do you ever, in an evening, consume only one 12 oz beer? Or split one 12 oz beer with others? I try and bottle in 22oz bombers, half-liter bottles, and even have 20 one-liter (34 oz) flip-tops. I find the fewer bottles, the faster bottling, and of course less cleaning and sanitizing and fewer labels to make if you are into that kind of thing. Go Big!
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Old 11-12-2010, 04:30 PM   #4
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I don't see a downside as long as you finish the opened bomber that night. I'm doing a mix of 12oz and bombers on my next couple of batches. The bombers help for taking to HB meetings or friends homes for tasting.

 
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Old 11-12-2010, 04:32 PM   #5
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I always bottle half in 12s and half in 22s. It saves time and give me best of both worlds

 
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. .. and it seems that the bombers are made with thicker glass than most of the 12 oz, maybe a consideration from a handling standpoint.
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Old 11-12-2010, 04:33 PM   #7
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I do a mix of both as well. 12oz if you're going to enter a contest. They don't need 3 bommbers from me. And 12oz for my friends. Plus, they pretty much have to return the bottles or learn to brew their own.

The 22's are for me.
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Old 11-12-2010, 04:37 PM   #8
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I find a combination is good to have. 12 oz. bottles are always good. Bombers are good for nights/days when you know that you want more than 1 beer and sharing your homebrew with friends and family are nice with bombers. You may even save some beer since sharing big bottles seems to go further. PLUS +++ you will wash and disinfect fewer bottles and use fewer caps = faster bottling...

 
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Old 11-12-2010, 04:38 PM   #9
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I don't see a downside as long as you finish the opened bomber that night.
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I got one of those pop top type stoppers for wine bottles. It holds the carb on those big beers or big bottles just fine.
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Old 11-12-2010, 04:42 PM   #10
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i always consume 1 or 2 in sitting. i guess i could do about 12 12oz bottles and the rest in bombers. i already have a bunch of full/empty 12 oz bottles lying around I should use

 
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