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Old 12-07-2012, 04:01 PM   #21
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1 keg will never match the joy I get from so many beautiful bottles! I can't be the only one who loves bottling beer.
I really do too! Especially after reading Revvy's bottling tips. I have always enjoyed have 10 different beers to pick from in 12 oz 16 oz or 22oz bottles. I like to take my beers that need extended conditioning into the house and store them for up to year and then pop them open. I have started to bottle my goto beers in 22oz bombers because they are session beers and I can always handle that much.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:01 PM   #22
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I just a bought a bench capper and used for the first time, what can I say, it made me happy!

 
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:44 PM   #23
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I just a bought a bench capper and used for the first time, what can I say, it made me happy!
Is it easy to adjust the bench capper to different size bottles?

 
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:54 PM   #24
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I don't love bottling but I don't mind it. I keg and bottle a little. For me, I like to keg first, dial in carbonation and clarity, then bottle from the tap. With the exception of maybe hefe weizens, I also like the sediment free pour. That being said, nothing wrong with a little bottle conditioning now and then.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:59 PM   #25
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I bottle for beer that needs aging or when I'm out of kegs. It's a necessary evil for me.

 
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:56 PM   #26
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I've only bottled 2 batches so far, but it is enjoyable to me. It really doesn't take too long (with a bench capper), probably more time to wash and san than fill and cap. Since i'm only doing extract so far I think it's because of the hands on, other than a boil, if it weren't for bottling it would almost feel like I didn't put any work into it. The more effort it takes, the more rewarding it is I guess. That said, I can imagine that after a 7hr AG brew day, it would be more like "screw this, keg it and done."
Hahaha, I stayed up until almost 4 am this morning and I usually get up around 5. I've been really busy all week and brew chores got backed up. So about 7pm I decide to go ahead and start a cream ale- that I'm using raw corn in. Also had 10 gallons to bottle and two batches to transfer. I think i woke up once when a bottle overfilled and I noticed my hand was wet, but I got them all done. About 18 33cl bottles for tastings/comps/etc, a whole lot of 750s, mostly corked, and a few 1L flip tops for drunkeness.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:58 PM   #27
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Is it easy to adjust the bench capper to different size bottles?
Super easy. I've got the normal red bench capper- handle goes all the way up and then you can raise/lower it for different bottles. Changing the bell out for 29mm euro caps is a little more work, especially since I bought one with the wrong threads.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:43 PM   #28
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Bottles and kegs both have their place, at least in this "brewery"
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:00 PM   #29
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Is it easy to adjust the bench capper to different size bottles?
Yes, very easy. And it probably cost about ten bucks more than the typical 'wing' capper. It makes the process that whole process that much easier

 
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:30 AM   #30
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Yes, very easy. And it probably cost about ten bucks more than the typical 'wing' capper. It makes the process that whole process that much easier
The wife usually does the capping. Maybe I'll get her one for Christmas.

 
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