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Im about to bottle my first 5 gal batch that i have made in a while, and am considering buying some 22oz bottles to try to reduce the amount of time i spend cleaning bottles, but am wondering if the convenience comes at any cost. Do the smaller 12oz bottles have any benefit to the conditioning, or carbonation of the beer?


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In short the biggest convenience of 12oz v 22oz is that you don't have to drink two-ish beers when you want one.

There isn't any noticeable difference in my experience between the carbonation amount in on versus the other.

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Seconded. I also like standard 12 ouncers because you can give your beer away in them and not worry about getting them back. – JackSmith Feb 14 '11 at 0:21
thirded :) I bottle in 22oz and do about 4 in 12 oz per 5 gallon batch. I then use those for testers so that I am not opening a 22oz beer that isn't perfect. – Bullet86 Feb 16 '11 at 0:17
Fourthed - Heh on the biggest beers, such as a Chimay Blue clone we make, we use big swing-tops, but still make a few 12oz bottles too, for when we don't want the quantity. – TinCoyote Feb 16 '11 at 18:00

Theoretically, there is little difference; however, with the way we typically bottle, the volume to headspace (remaining volume of air) will be different, which may affect attenuation and conditioning.
The inverse reason to why it's not a good idea to only fill a bottle half way.

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