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Old 07-02-2008, 08:20 PM   #11
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seriously I;m going to kegging. Bottling sucks. Hit up resturants like i did. its just easier to keg more cost less space used



 
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:22 PM   #12
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Bottling is easy but, very monotonous.

Just tell the wife you were reffering to kegs as one big bottle. It doesn't get any easier than that.



 
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:13 PM   #13
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Hello! thanks again for the great responses! For those that want to know, I am going to go ahead with the 2 Liter soda bottles for the Apfelwein (I'll be serving out of a pitcher anyway). And I have been officially approved for building a Keggerator by the wifey. (Don't know how I swung that one considering the limited space in our house) So now on to saving and research! Any suggestions on cornie kits? I'm looking at buying a used mini-fridge that will hopefully fit a cornie. any experiences with this? Thanks Again!

 
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Old 07-05-2008, 04:38 AM   #14
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When I am out of bottles, I go to the local recycling place. They will let me dig around the glass and get whatever bottles I can.
Same here...but I don't have to dig...I just ask for Sam Adams bottles and they sell them back to me for the cost of deposit ($0.05 each) + a small fee for the boxes (I think I paid around $7 for 4 cases total).

Cleaning got old fast. I cut the loop end off my bottle brush and stuck it in my cordless drill...that helped speed up the internal scrubbing.

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Old 07-05-2008, 05:04 AM   #15
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I dream about being able to keg my beer but since I can't afford the cut in the short-term, I'm stuck bottling.

I go to my LHBS and get a case of bottles for about $12. I asked my favorite restaurant a couple weeks ago to save me bottles, which has turned out really well and saves me money!

As for bottling itself, it is slightly annoying to do, yet every now and then it's a really nice relaxing exercise...but I'd still trade it in a heartbeat for kegs any day . Bottling takes me about an hour with cleanup. The thing that took me the longest to get over was using the auto-syphon with the bottling wand, which (for me at least) doesn't work together unless I apply pressure to the wand as I begin syphoning.

I'm new to HBT...and using forums like this, so hopefully I won't be as boring as time progresses.
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Old 07-05-2008, 01:34 PM   #16
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I've got my bottling process so dialed in that it isn't a chore and I'm done in about an hour to an hour and a half...I put on a basic Brewing Podcast and just go to town.

A couple things really helped make it smoother.

1) Mounting the bottling wand directly to the spigot of my bottling bucket, and setting the bucket on a pot...



This puts the top of the beer bottle at eye level. No overspill.



2) I put a dip tube in the bottling bucket. I get everything but about 3-4 ounces of beer. No need to tilt the bucket or anything.



All I did was take a piece of copper tubing, bend it downward and fit it in a cork that slips tightly into the back of my bottling bucket spout.



I don't have the space to keg in my loft, so rather than whine and complain about bottling, I decided to "pimp" my process until I got it down to the smoothest, easiest and quickest thing possible....I'm still tweaking it whenever something comes to me to try. For example, putting it on the pot was the newest refinement. I figure next time if I put the bucket on my brew kettle I may even be able to sit at the table to bottle instead of on the floor.
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Old 07-06-2008, 08:11 AM   #17
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1) Mounting the bottling wand directly to the spigot of my bottling bucket, and setting the bucket on a pot...

This puts the top of the beer bottle at eye level. No overspill.

2) I put a dip tube in the bottling bucket. I get everything but about 3-4 ounces of beer. No need to tilt the bucket or anything.
Wow. That's genius. If I ever bottle condition again, I'm definitely doing this. A little bucket to catch the drips and almost no cleanup.

 
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Old 07-06-2008, 08:34 AM   #18
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I put my bottling bucket on my upsidedown 5 gallon brewpot and put a towel under the spigot when I bottle. I think I'll start putting a small pot under the spigot though from now on. AND I'll be making that dip tube as well.
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Old 07-06-2008, 10:31 AM   #19
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Hello! thanks again for the great responses! For those that want to know, I am going to go ahead with the 2 Liter soda bottles for the Apfelwein (I'll be serving out of a pitcher anyway). And I have been officially approved for building a Keggerator by the wifey. (Don't know how I swung that one considering the limited space in our house) So now on to saving and research! Any suggestions on cornie kits? I'm looking at buying a used mini-fridge that will hopefully fit a cornie. any experiences with this? Thanks Again!

Congrats on the approval of the keggerator!!! I really like kegconnection.com for my kegging needs.
As far as a mini-fridge I am sure some else will chime in on that. I used a small chest freezer.

 
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I put my bottling bucket on my upsidedown 5 gallon brewpot and put a towel under the spigot when I bottle. I think I'll start putting a small pot under the spigot though from now on. AND I'll be making that dip tube as well.
I just take the small pot that I boiled my priming solution in and put that on the floor under my spigot.


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