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Old 04-19-2012, 04:20 PM   #1
Apr 2012
Annapolis, MD
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Has anyone tried bottling a few beers , for portability, and kegging the rest?

I was thinking about bottling 10 or so, and then either naturally carbing or force carbing (kinda am torn on which method would work best for what I want to do) the rest...

I figured if I naturally carb it, I can just prime the whole batch and be done with it (unless you need less sugar for a keg)...

If I force carb it, can I just add a tiny amount of boiled sugar water to each bottle before siphoning into them? if so, how much should I use per bottle?

Im fairly new to this, so I apologize if any of these are dumb questions haha...

Thanks so much!!

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Old 04-19-2012, 04:23 PM   #2
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Pour carbonated or uncarbonated (w/ drops) beer from the keg tap to the bottle. Lots of threads on this.

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Old 04-19-2012, 04:24 PM   #3
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Keg the whole thing and bottle later.
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:25 PM   #4
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For individual bottles you could use carb tabs (little pill/lozenges that are basically premeasured sugar designed for carbing bottles).

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Old 04-20-2012, 04:25 PM   #5
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I agree with using the carb tabs. It's the easiest way to go. I usually brew 5.5 gallons, keg 5 gallons & bottle the last 1/2 gallon for competition entries.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:27 PM   #6
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I do whole batch one way or the other.

I guess you could measure 2 gallons or so and prime accordingly, bottle that, and then add the other 3 gallons.

Either way, I bottle from the keg even when I prime and bottle 5 gallons. The c02 makes everything easier.

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Old 04-20-2012, 04:49 PM   #7
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Chances are that you have all the items needed (except maybe a small stopper) to make the DIY beer gun in the DIY section. I keg all of it and then use that method to bottle a 6er if I want to take them anywhere.

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Old 04-21-2012, 02:02 PM   #8
Apr 2012
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thanks guys! I went out and got the stopper and will try that method! Seems like I will have clearer beer too! How long of a shelf life do you get out of your bottled from keg beers? I picked up some of those O2 absorbing caps to try to extend it...

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Old 04-21-2012, 10:10 PM   #9
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I'm getting ready to buy kegs but am had some similar thoughts about losing the portability of bottles. Then I thought why not just buy a few growlers and use those when you want to take beer to events outside the house?

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