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Old 04-23-2012, 09:38 PM   #31
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I get the same feeling when I seal up a keg. Then I get an extra hour to drink beer.
You don't drink beer while you are bottling?

I keg most of my beer now but I still bottle a few. Like the beer I make for my girlfriend. I don't drink very many of them and it takes her a couple months to drink the rest. I don't want precious space tied up in my keggerator with that.


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Old 04-23-2012, 09:42 PM   #32
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You're all doing it the hard way, bottles... kegs... I just siphon from the carboy to my mouth.

ROFLMFAO!!! That's funny right there, I don't care who ya are!


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Old 04-23-2012, 09:45 PM   #33
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My armchair observation has been that, many former bottlers who have moved on to kegging don't miss the inconsistency or labor of the former and see the kegging as a form of evolution.... Ie. I don't see a lot of keggers lamenting their situation and looking to go back to strictly bottling.
Kegs have benefits, but also have their own completely different set of problems.
cleaning, tanks, regulators, hoses, gaskets, o-rings, poppets, manifolds, staining, rust, (wait SS doesn't rust, feric oxide), faucet cleaning, faucet troubleshooting and maintenance , line foaming.

discussed openly amongst keggers, but double secret when bottlers are present.

i think throwing 5 cornies in the trunk of my car for 4th of July is easier than the same amount of bottles, but day to day, bottles are less hassle.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:53 PM   #34
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Kegs have benefits, but also have their own completely different set of problems.
cleaning, tanks, regulators, hoses, gaskets, o-rings, poppets, manifolds, staining, rust, (wait SS doesn't rust, feric oxide), faucet cleaning, faucet troubleshooting and maintenance , line foaming.

discussed openly amongst keggers, but double secret when bottlers are present.

i think throwing 5 cornies in the trunk of my car for 4th of July is easier than the same amount of bottles, but day to day, bottles are less hassle.
lol @ secret!
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:03 PM   #35
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I keg, then bottle...how's that for the worst of both worlds?
Truthfully, that's the better option. You can carbonate & clear in the keg, then put nice clear beer into the bottles. You don't have to worry about being perfect with mixing the priming sugar, or whether you have enough yeast left to carbonate, etc.

Kegging to carbonate, then bottling w/beergun off the keg, actually *does* solve a lot of bottling problems.

(Except for cleaning, sanitizing, capping, scrubbing labels off, etc, of course!)

The only downside is that you have to have a kegging setup to be able to do it, and once you have the kegging setup, it's really easy to get lazy and not bottle any more.

But work-wise, there's very little difference between siphoning into a bottling bucket and then filling your bottles from the spigot vs. siphoning into a keg, sealing it to carbonate, and then filling your bottles under pressure.
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You should ask them how many breweries have moved on to only kegging if that's really a better way to do it. (The answer is probably somewhere around 0).
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You're all doing it the hard way, bottles... kegs... I just siphon from the carboy to my mouth.
Hilarious!
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:36 PM   #38
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Actually it seems to be much easier and more common for breweries to start with kegs and then move to bottling, at least that is what I see with all the micros around here. On a large scale I think kegging would simpler and cheaper the only downside being you can only serve growlers to kegs directly to the customer.
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You should ask them how many breweries have moved on to only kegging if that's really a better way to do it. (The answer is probably somewhere around 0).
I don't think the homebrewer has the same distribution and packaging concerns a commercial enterprise might have. Unless the argument is homebrewers bottle to make it easier to ship to many different retail locations.
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Actually it seems to be much easier and more common for breweries to start with kegs and then move to bottling, at least that is what I see with all the micros around here. On a large scale I think kegging would simpler and cheaper the only downside being you can only serve growlers to kegs directly to the customer.
There are a bunch of micros in my area that started as keg only and moved to bottles later on for distro reasons. Even then, most don't bottle all their stuff, just the staples. The special and seasonal beers are kept keg only for simplicity among other reasons I am sure.

While there are some potential maintenance issues with a kegging system overall, I haven't found the equipment difficult to maintain or for it to provide any real problems that needed resolution. Putting a new beer on tap is as easy as racking from fermenter to a clean keg, putting it into the keezer and hookingit up. A 15min process and that includes the racking.


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