I keg, and I bottle. And I also bottled a batch yesterday. 54 bottles total.
Actual bottling time, about 60 minutes.
For me, bottling allows me to keep a good variety on hand and ready. Since my mini-fridge only holds 2 kegs. And 2 products I highly recommend for bottling, a vinator for sanitizing, and the colonna benchtop capper/corker.
The key is find a process for you.
For me it goes a little like this:
-A few days ahead, move the batch to a higher spot that will help with racking
-Sometime ahead of time (several hours) prepare the priming solution and let cool
-when getting going..
-Get the rest of the equipment ready, and sanitize all except the bottles
-rack the beer to the bottling bucket with the bottling solution
-sanitize a crate of bottles, turn them upside-down in the sink dish strainer, for me, a crate is 27 bottles aka a 1/2 batch
-arrange and fill 12 bottles. I do this on the open door of my dishwasher, makes cleanup a snap.
-place a sanitized cap on each bottle
-crimp on the caps
-rinse the bottles and set aside on a towel to dry
-move to the next set of bottles
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