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Title: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: ryang on June 25, 2012, 02:14:07 PM
So not only are we expecting our first child any day now, but we are in the process of buying a home, set to close July 24.

In hindsight, it wasn't very good planning to have around 100 gallons of beer/mead/cider sitting in the basement at any given time.

I only have 2 kegs and they are full. 

Since June 1st(the first time we looked at the house we are going to buy) I've bottled 38 gallons.  I have 58 gallons to go before moving.
I should take some pictures of the boxes and boxes of bottles.

Do people move full carboys?  I didn't think I wanted to take that risk/hazard.  I figure boxes of bottles are a heck of a lot easier to move.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: troybinso on June 25, 2012, 02:27:20 PM
I've moved full carboys before, but it was in the back of my car as we only moved about a mile away. Are you moving across town or out of town?
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: morticaixavier on June 25, 2012, 02:30:35 PM
I have moved full carboys and/or buckets. It's a PITA. I was worried the whole time, constantly looking at the beer all belted in the back seat. CAREFULLY going around corners. SLOWLY accelerating from a stop. worried the sun was too bright and was skunking the beer. I say bottle it if you have the time/energy/bottles. and do it quick cause once the baby comes you will not have any of the first two.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: ryang on June 25, 2012, 02:53:38 PM
Sloshing around just doesn't sound good.  Bottled it will be for sure.
I'm taking 2 weeks off for the birth, but I realize I'll be busy.  I think I'll have time to get it all bottled up.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: morticaixavier on June 25, 2012, 03:29:47 PM
Sloshing around just doesn't sound good.  Bottled it will be for sure.
I'm taking 2 weeks off for the birth, but I realize I'll be busy.  I think I'll have time to get it all bottled up.

Yeah, We just had our first.. I say just cause I havn't actually gotten to sleep since but it was actually about 29 months ago. (okay I have slept a little)

If it's not in bottles before the kid comes you WILL be moving it in the carboy. I could be wrong but any free time I had once the kid came (I took 6 weeks off) was used sleeping or cleaning up poop.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: ryang on June 25, 2012, 03:49:41 PM
Hmm.  Your sentiments don't bode well.

We'll see.  I really don't want to move carboys, and I can't bottle 58 gallons in a day or two(my guess is tomorrow and her guess is thursday... her due date was this past saturday).  We'll see.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: Joe Sr. on June 25, 2012, 04:04:21 PM
If you have to move the carboys, get milk crates to put them in.  It will keep them from banging into each other and will make it easier to lift them (hopefully).

Since my kids arrived, I've almost gone exclusively to kegging.  But you would need a lot kegs.

Best wishes on a healthy delivery.  Enjoy your sleep now.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: euge on June 25, 2012, 05:34:28 PM
I'm amazed you have enough bottles for a hundred gallons. 8)

I say get crackin and rack it all ASAP. You probably won;t be drinking much after the kid comes but it will be nice to have a bottle available for any free daddy time.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: morticaixavier on June 25, 2012, 06:28:50 PM
I'm amazed you have enough bottles for a hundred gallons. 8)

I say get crackin and rack it all ASAP. You probably won;t be drinking much after the kid comes but it will be nice to have a bottle available for any free daddy time.

Yup, plus a little glass of really hoppy beer does wonders for mom's milk production according to our midwife
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: ryang on June 25, 2012, 07:42:07 PM
I'm amazed you have enough bottles for a hundred gallons. 8)
I've been soliciting everyone I know who drinks and have been making regular stops at the recycling center.   :)

Yup, plus a little glass of really hoppy beer does wonders for mom's milk production according to our midwife
Very interesting.  I had to look that up.  Hops are a galactogogue.  They help stimulate lactation.  Very cool.  My wife has had small amounts of beer and wine through her pregnancy, and this will be reassuring evidence to continue.  Although she's not a huge hop head, she enjoys all I make.

I assume you had a home birth, morticai?  We are having our baby at home.  Unfortunately our midwife had to have emergency surgery just last week, so we had to get a new primary midwife, but all will work out well I think.  Looking forward to everything from the birth to encouraging my wife in breastfeeding and yes, changing dirty diapers (and we're doing cloth diapers to boot)

We're not hippies, I swear.  ::)
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: morticaixavier on June 25, 2012, 07:49:28 PM
I'm amazed you have enough bottles for a hundred gallons. 8)
I've been soliciting everyone I know who drinks and have been making regular stops at the recycling center.   :)

Yup, plus a little glass of really hoppy beer does wonders for mom's milk production according to our midwife
Very interesting.  I had to look that up.  Hops are a galactogogue.  They help stimulate lactation.  Very cool.  My wife has had small amounts of beer and wine through her pregnancy, and this will be reassuring evidence to continue.  Although she's not a huge hop head, she enjoys all I make.

I assume you had a home birth, morticai?  We are having our baby at home.  Unfortunately our midwife had to have emergency surgery just last week, so we had to get a new primary midwife, but all will work out well I think.  Looking forward to everything from the birth to encouraging my wife in breastfeeding and yes, changing dirty diapers (and we're doing cloth diapers to boot)

We're not hippies, I swear.  ::)

yeah it was a home birth. bummer to have your midwife who has been with you the whole time have to bow out at the last. I am sure the new one will be good to. We went with cloth and, while I can't say I LOVE rinsing poop out of diapers, I don't think dealing with mountains of disposables would be any better. cloth is way cheaper to. good luck! it's an amazing experience and already being at home when it's all done is really nice.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: Slowbrew on June 25, 2012, 07:57:55 PM
Do you have any friends who keg?  They would likely kick in a keg or two to help you out or come over and help you bottle some of it.  At least I would if a buddy called up in your situation.  Two or three people filling bottles would speed it up quite a bit.

Good luck with all the changes in such a short time.  I have 4 little ones (okay, so they are 18, 16, 14 and 11 now but they still seem little to me) and we still never have any time.  We do get more sleep now though.  8^)

Paul
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: tschmidlin on June 26, 2012, 05:17:02 AM
I'd agree with the idea of bumming some kegs off of people - if you're in a club, that would be a good place to go.  If not, maybe buy some used ones from local shops.

I've moved full carboys without problems though, it's totally doable if you take precautions like they list above.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: Joe Sr. on June 26, 2012, 02:50:16 PM
I'd agree with the idea of bumming some kegs off of people - if you're in a club, that would be a good place to go.  If not, maybe buy some used ones from local shops.

I've moved full carboys without problems though, it's totally doable if you take precautions like they list above.

Pack some cloth diapers around them for safety!  Those things have a million uses.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: morticaixavier on June 26, 2012, 02:50:50 PM
I'd agree with the idea of bumming some kegs off of people - if you're in a club, that would be a good place to go.  If not, maybe buy some used ones from local shops.

I've moved full carboys without problems though, it's totally doable if you take precautions like they list above.

Pack some cloth diapers around them for safety!  Those things have a million uses.

+1 best cleaning clothes ever
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: weithman5 on June 26, 2012, 03:21:27 PM
Party at Ryang's 8)
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: ryang on June 26, 2012, 03:51:29 PM
I'd agree with the idea of bumming some kegs off of people - if you're in a club, that would be a good place to go.  If not, maybe buy some used ones from local shops.

I've moved full carboys without problems though, it's totally doable if you take precautions like they list above.

I only know a couple guys that keg and they don't have any empties right now.  And I'm too cheap to buy more kegs.  I only started kegging because I was given my 2 kegs for free... 
I'm almost half way.  Bottled 8 gallons last night of 3 different meads, so only 50 gallons to go.
I've got enough clean bottles right now for about 3 5gal batches, so I can get those hammered out this week then this weekend another trip to the recycling center.

And yeah... party at my place.  The majority of bottling has been of aged sours and meads.   I have a ton of other varieties though as well.

I put a couple bottles of each beer I brewed for our child in the fridge last night.  If it's a boy, we'll be uncorking Rune's Barleywine.  If it's a girl, we're uncorking Tele's Belgian Quad.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: davidgzach on June 26, 2012, 03:55:08 PM
Best of luck all around, but first for a smooth delivery.  Then deal with the rest as needed.....

Dave
Title: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: andrew000141 on June 27, 2012, 01:49:42 AM
How are you going to know which bottle is which drink? Lol
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: liquidbrewing on July 06, 2012, 11:58:52 PM
So, I'm trying to understand how you had the money for 100 gallons of beer/cider/mead  supplies and fermenters and nothing to bulk package them in?  Only two kegs? Really? You must LOVE to bottle! ;)

What do you have like 20 carboys?  Or large high volume conicals?  Maybe this has already been addressed, but I'm just trying understand your process.

I can't imagine the scenario where 100+ gallons of fermented adult beverages is a problem! ;D
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: Joe Sr. on July 07, 2012, 12:08:40 AM
More importantly, we all hope the delivery went well.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: ryang on July 13, 2012, 02:26:26 AM
Life is crazy!
We had a baby boy on July 2!  ;D
The delivery didn't pan out as we had planned for... we transferred to the hospital due to his heart rate dropping a little too much during contractions.  Still had a natural, unmedicated birth though, so we were happy about that.  Poor little guy couldn't breath right away and had lungs filled with mucus and some air pockets between his lungs and chest cavity (pneumothorax).  So, he had a 5 day stay in the NICU.
We cracked a bottle of Rune's Barleywine in my wife's recovery room on July 2 to celebrate.  It didn't turn out quite as I had expected, but is absolutely delicious.  Kinda like Rune... not born as we had planned for, but is just as wonderful as you could possibly imagine.

We've been home for almost a week now and all are doing well. 

I've been packing and bottling every day.
I only have 10 gallons to go!!!  A rhubarb cider and key lime mead.

So, I'm trying to understand how you had the money for 100 gallons of beer/cider/mead  supplies and fermenters and nothing to bulk package them in?  Only two kegs? Really? You must LOVE to bottle! ;)
Accumulation over the years...  I don't love to bottle, but the cost of kegging is high compared to a nearly free supply of bottles from friends, family, recycling center, etc.  The vast majority of this 100 gallons was long age type stuff... sours, meads, ciders.

What do you have like 20 carboys?  Or large high volume conicals?  Maybe this has already been addressed, but I'm just trying understand your process.
I have a lot.  I think around 10 glass carboys, 2 or 3 of which are 6 gallon, which is the largest volume fermenter I have.  Lots of buckets..

I can't imagine the scenario where 100+ gallons of fermented adult beverages is a problem! ;D
It takes up a lot of space.  Not a problem, just have to find creative solutions.  :)


Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: euge on July 13, 2012, 04:18:23 AM
Congrats on the baby Boy!!!
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: garc_mall on July 13, 2012, 06:04:26 AM
Congrats on the baby Boy!!!

And Congrats on getting to the last 10 Gallons! You Can Do It!
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: morticaixavier on July 13, 2012, 06:04:52 AM
hurray! glad it all turned out in the end. now for the fun/hard part
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: tschmidlin on July 13, 2012, 08:03:40 AM
Great news, congratulations on Rune.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: phillamb168 on July 13, 2012, 09:30:39 AM
What, no Rune-ation IPA? :-D
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: davidgzach on July 13, 2012, 11:58:39 AM
Congrats! 
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: Mark G on July 13, 2012, 12:47:45 PM
Congratulations! Quite impressive that you still found time for beer packaging.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: ryang on July 16, 2012, 03:05:08 PM
What, no Rune-ation IPA? :-D

I really have no idea how I didn't think of that.  We just drank a bottle of Ruination 10th Anniversary last night, and that did it... I'm going to have to brew Rune-ation IPA.

Only 5 gallons left!  And we don't move for another 2 weeks... I've been quite efficient.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: liquidbrewing on July 16, 2012, 11:33:59 PM
Glad the delivery was a success!  Plus, major props for bottling the volume you have, while taking care of your pregnant wife, and now child!!  Seriously, great job! 8)
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: thirsty on July 16, 2012, 11:38:00 PM
Glad it's all working out. I'm guessing you don't watch much TV these days.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: ryang on July 17, 2012, 01:20:50 PM
Glad it's all working out. I'm guessing you don't watch much TV these days.
Never really have.  It's amazing how much time you can waste sitting in front of one of those things.
Title: Re: Bottling Frenzy
Post by: ryang on July 23, 2012, 03:42:23 PM
Done.

The wife and I had an epic high-five afterward.  The kid had no response... so lame.  :P