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I have bottled 26 batches of beer so far. I don't mind bottling. Bottling day is quick and easy compared to brewday, plus I like having live, cask conditioned ale that continues to improve with age, and I love the pfffft when I open a bottle of my homebrew. I may never go the kegging route. I'm quite happy with my bottled brew. How 'bout you?
 

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I'm a kegger now, but not for that long, maybe about two years. So, the first 100 or 150 batches were all bottled!

That said, I am so glad I keg now. I can't believe I bottled like 5000 bottles before I started this!
 

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I did around 20 batches, then switched to kegging. However, I bottle my porter and aventinus. BUT, really like the taste out of the keg. Right now I am on batch 38.
 

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I started with kegging (don't hate me), but I made my last batch as a present for my dad and bottled it and it made me appreciate kegging that much more. I don't mind filling a 6er or 12 pack with the BMBF, but I definitely did not enjoy bottling 2 cases worth. Although it did go quicker than I expected.
 

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What does Revvy always say about bottling threads, I can't quite remember but I know it has to do with kegging... hmmm...

I bottle and so far, collectively (including the hiatus I took for 2 years), I have bottle 15 batches...
 

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I bottled my first batch, and then got a sweet deal on cornies from eBay. So I shopped around and invested in what I needed to get a basic kegging system set up. However, since I'm still new to the hobby I'm pretty much going back and forth based on what's empty. My second batch? I didn't have enough bottles cleaned out yet - into the keg it went. Third batch? Plenty of clean bottles, and wanted to keg fourth batch - into the bottles they went. I think it'll be like this for a while...
 

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i keg and bottle from the keg as needed; a picnic tap and a racking cane = beergun and you can bottle a assload of beer in 15 minutes flat.
 

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I actually enjoy the whole bottling process. Like Beerbeque stated, the pfffft is a satisfying zen to me! I do, however plan on eventually getting to a point where I can keg a corny and cart it to a party or picnic or wherever.

The bottles are great if it's just me and some pals but I would like to travel without dealing with glass. Some places (like the beach) won't let you drink from glass bottles so I think a little kegger with a picnic tap might be a fun alternative.

I've helped others bottle but I've done about 10 of my own batches so far...

-Tripod
 

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I do both, but I've probably bottled about 100 batches...;)

Right now I have 17 full cornies, 7 cases of brew, 9 batches in primaries and secondaries and over 100 bottles of meads and ciders...and planning on brewing again this weekend after I do my taxes...;)
 

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Bottled 3 batches so far... 1 keg... I do like the bottles and I don't have a keggerator yet, so that might make me bias towards bottling. I really enjoy giving my home brew away, people always love to try new beers.

But if I had the nice keg setup, I might do every other one keg...

Jared
 

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ugh, ive only got 3 batches under my belt and im sick of bottling. cant wait till i can find some cornies and a kegging system. i do like having bottles tho. i just find it a bit of a pain.
 

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I am also around 25-30 batches bottled. I don't mind it at all, I have my system down pretty well now and it takes me around 45 minutes start to clean up to get everything done. It's sort of like beer meditation.
 

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I don't find bottling that bad, just part of the process. I will say however to use bigger bottles if you can, it makes it go a lot quicker. I use a few bombers and mostly .5 liter flip tops. I put a couple 6 packs in regular bottles to give away but I too like the pop of a home brew out of the bottle.
 

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I've only bottled 1 batch. I have another in a secondary and 3rd I just brewed up on Tuesday. Right now it's all kind of new and neat. I'm thinking of putting labels on the next batch. I'll let you know in a month if I still 'like' bottling.
 

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Of the last 100 batches we kegged about 20 and bottled the rest. We run a good deal of 22 oz bottles and flip top bottles that really take the snap out of bottling. Plus the Keggerator is not trouble free either. A plugged line, CO2 bottles leaking, and general keg maintance. But when you have a party and you empty a keg or two your really appreciate the keg.
Other times we bottle because we are splitting the batch and making part of it with a special flavor like blackberry or we spike a few bottles of heavy stout. Either way sooner or later if you brew enough you will have both.
 

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Before I kegged, I bottled all of them. :D

I don't know, but I did pretty much all the recipes in Papa Charlie's tNCJoHB.
 

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I have bottled about ten batches so far. I am setting up my kegerator this weekend and i will begin kegging with my next two batches pale rye ale and honey brown ale being the first on tap, but I will also continue bottling some of my batches.
 

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I'm kind of stuck bottling because my girlfriend thinks its fun and hates all the rest of it. I'm holding on to that one little thing in hopes I don't get pushed out into the garage. haha
 

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Count me in with the zen bottling crowd. Even the SWMBO starts hanging around when she sees the bottling gear coming out...

But I did just buy 4 cornies (for primary/secondary) so I might try the kegging thing.
 

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bottled 20 or so batches and just emptied my first cornie and made a gun with a picnic tap and piece of racking cane and besides the 8 bottles left over after the keg is racked. I'll never bottle again. .... Saved my life man.
 

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I bottled 57 batches before going to kegging. (just recently)
That's about 2800 bottles if you figure 50 bottles per batch.
:tank: whew
 
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