From bitter, bitter, experience, I've found that kegging the beer you plan to drink at home is much better than bottling 50 to 60 bottles per batch. Certainly when it comes to labor.\n\n\n\nI also know from bitter experience that lugging a full keg down a hillside to a group riverside picnic isn't a joy either.\n\n\n\nAs we know, beer is for sharing (otherwise people accuse you of things) but how can you enjoy the best of both worlds?\n\n\n\nBottling beer directly from a pressurized keg is a good way to store, mail, or share a small quantity of your beer. You don't need any particularly special equipment, though some sort of counter-pressure system does ensure a cleaner pour. Excessive foaming & decarbonization are the only concerns.\n\n\n\nI've been looking into each and every viable way to bottle beer directly from a keg or keezer, one to fit every budget. So keep reading to find the best method for you.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWhy would you want to bottle beer from a keg?\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nI think before we get into the 'hows', let's talk about the 'whys' of bottling beer from a keg. \n\n\n\nYou might be reading this because of a particular issue or requirement you have today, I want to open your eyes to new and previously untapped possibilities (see what I did there) that are out there for you.\n\n\n\nSo why would you want to bottle beer when it's already nicely carbonated in a bottle?\n\n\n\nThe main reasons to bottle beer from a keg is to share it with others, enter a brewing competition, or improve the character or appearance of your beer. It is not a required process for anyone who wants to enjoy their own beer at home and does come with some drawbacks.\n\n\n\nlet's look at those ideas in a little more detail.\n\n\n\nGifting beer to friends and family\n\n\n\nBy far the most common reason for me to want to bottle beer is so that I can share it with others and get that rush of 'I'm awesome' when they congratulate me on it.\n\n\n\nThis is a cool gift idea for birthdays and Christmas (see some more here) and also just a nice thing to do for visiting guests.\n\n\n\nIn this case, you want to make sure you have a quick method so that you can excuse yourself for a few minutes and return with a six-pack of bottles or growler full of your fantastically homebrewed beer. \n\n\n\nCheck the methods below for the best one for this situation.\n\n\n\nNew to homebrewing? Please feel free to read my ultimate guide to brewing beer at home and where to start.\n\n\n\nSending a winner to a beer Competition\n\n\n\nIn every case, when you enter (and win - see my article here) a beer brewing competition you will have to present your entry in a bottle.\n\n\n\nIn this case, you may want to keg your beer before you bottle and ship it to help improve its quality and appearance.\n\n\n\nGenerally, when bottle conditioning beer you'll find that it doesn't travel well to competiotions as nobody will care about your beer as much as you. \n\n\n\nWhat I mean by that is that sendiment in the bottle, which is a natural byproduct of bottle conditionn, can be distrubed and alter the appearance of your beer.\n\n\n\nA beer judge probably won't be bothered about letting the beer settle and regain its best qualities, so your score will suffer. \n\n\n\nThis brings me to my next point.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nProducing a better carbonated beer\n\n\n\nAnother way that bottling from a keg might be useful is in order to get a more uniformed carbonation across your batch of homebrew.\n\n\n\nRemoving sediment from your beer\n\n\n\nThis sort of goes hand in hand with the previous point. If you wanted to produce 'filtered' beer without having to pay for all the equipment modern commercial breweries have (buy beer from local breweries), then bottling from the keg is an option.\n\n\n\nBy using a floating dip tube (see Amazon) you can actually rack your beer while leaving any sediment behind.\n\n\n\nAs kegging doesn't involve using priming sugars you're going to find a lot less yeast sediment, if any at all, gets into bottles racked from a keg rather than a fermenter.\n\n\n\nI don't know about you, but each time I open a bottle of bottle conditioned homebrew it's a gamble. Is it going to gush, rush or crash?\n\n\n\nCarbonating in a keg and then bottling would certainly ensure that your beers are all carbonated to much the same level as if you were just using priming sugar or carbonation drops (see Amazon).\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n Plan your next Beer Creation?