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Keg 79 67.52%
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Other? 9 7.69%
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:50 PM   #1
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Do you prefer kegs or bottles? This question also goes out to cider makers as well.


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Old 02-15-2012, 05:53 PM   #2
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first vote!!

I perfer.... other. Kegging is nice but bottling is convienent (espically in the winter). With the 10g batches ive been doing i bottle half and keg half and that is a good balance IMHO.


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Old 02-15-2012, 06:02 PM   #3
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I prefer bottles. I've only kegged one batch so far, but for what I do with my homebrew, it was actually a bigger pain to deal with than bottling. Half the reason I like brewing is sharing my brew with friends and family, and that's kinda hard to do with one 5 gallon container when I've got people in 3 or 4 different cities that want to try some. Bottling can be a pain, but it's just so much easier to distribute out to friends.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:04 PM   #4
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I like filling one big bottle over a bunch of little ones.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:05 PM   #5
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I like the ease of kegging, but I like the portability of bottling.

My keezer is on the 1st floor of my house, and my living area is on the 2nd floor so I have to make a few trips down the steps when drinking kegged beer. Of course that is a benefit because I am burning calories while doing so.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:08 PM   #6
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I find bottling very soothing. Like phenry said, I share my brew with friends and family for tastings and notes. It wouldn't work so well to take the keg with me when I visit them.

Plus, there is something fun in setting up a bunch of bottles, turning on some music, opening a homebrew (or 3) and sipping on that while filling bottles. I just make sure I have a few hours set aside and enjoy a nice, relaxing afternoon.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:10 PM   #7
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Other - both!
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:12 PM   #8
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Kegs hands down...
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:43 PM   #9
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I make beer and cider. I prefer kegs, but I bottle a few as well. When I bottle:
-To bottle carb a sample while the rest is batch aging, for taste tests.
-Extra beer in fermenter...don't want to be wasteful.
-Small batch, not worth wasting CO2 on headspace.
-Going to a friends house.
-Like the batch and want to save a few for a later time.
-Insurance policy against having a keg empty unexpectedly.
-The urge to make a bottle label (sounds like a weird reason...but it's fun)
-Show my wife that I'm keeping all those bottles for a reason...after I promised they'd all go away after I started kegging
-Being surrounded by bottles makes me feel like a monk.
-Despite all the work, bottling is somehow cathartic. Even more so when you have this underlying knowledge that you don't have to bottle beer.
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:36 PM   #10
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Other. I keg everything, but bottle a few from the keg once it's ready to serve for portability and storage.


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