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Monday, March 21, 2011

Bottling Your Homebrew

 Well, if you've been following along with us through the process, you are now ready to bottle your beer!  While there are many options available out there for the homebrewer to use, such as kegging, the easiest and cheapest initial setup is to bottle your beer.  On top of that, it is nice to be able to have the convenience of sharing your homebrew by just giving friends a few bottles to try.  When I first started out bottling, I used the plastic bottles that Mr. Beer recommended, but realized that it just wasn't as nice as cracking open a cold beer with a bottle opener.  If you are interested in the plastic bottles, Amazon offers them at a great price, and they are completely reusable.  (The process for using these bottles is the same as below, except you just screw on the top instead of capping it.

For those of you like myself, you will need to get bottle caps and a bottle capper.  I use basic bottle caps and have never had any issue with them.  There are a various assortment of bottle cappers out there, each offering different advantages, but for both its price and ease of use, I prefer the basic bottle capper known as the "Black Beauty."

Once you have both your caps and capper, all you need now are bottles.  At the bottom of this post I will place a link to Amazon for empty beer bottles.  DO NOT BUY THEM! Here is why... The cost for buying empty beer bottles plus the cost of shipping comes out to around $1 per bottle.  Instead, when you drink a beer, just save the bottle.  As long as you are buying decent quality beer, and the cap is a pry off cap, then you can use the bottle.  For both the beer that comes inside, and the look of the bottle, I prefer to use Samuel Adams bottles.  Just make sure you rinse the bottle out after you empty it because dried on beer is nearly impossible to wash off.

So now you have your bottles, caps, capper, and your beer.  If you followed our advice earlier, you either have a spigot on your bottles from which you can bottles directly, or you have a racking cane and a bottling wand.  Regardless of which way you are bottling, you need to sanitize your bottles and caps.  I do it the same way I did before; by adding 1 tablespoon of bleach for each gallon of water to a large bucket, and then submerging the bottles into the solution with the caps for 15 minutes.  Once the 15 minutes is over, do not rinse the bottles and caps, but pour and shake as much water out as possible.  You then need to add what is called priming sugar.  TO save in cost, regular table sugar can be added to each bottle (3/4 tsp per 12 oz bottle) or you can buy something like Cooper's carbonation drops.

Once your priming sugar is added, all that is left is to fill each bottle to about 1 inch from the top and the capping the bottles.  Once all of your bottles are capped, they need to be place in a dark room or closet that is room temperature for at least a week in order to carbonate.  Most beer will only improve with time, so if you are able to wait, 3-4 weeks in the bottle will greatly improve the taste of your beer!

Well, we've taken you on the basic journey of all-grain homebrewing.  We hope that these last several posts have been informative and interesting!  If you choose to follow this recipe and brew this beer, let us know how it turns out, and if you have any comments or questions regardless of whether you are brewing just let us know!  The world of homebrewing is a vast and expansive hobby with an unlimited number of questions and topics that you can delve in to.  We hope to continue to provide you with fantastic information that broadens your knowledge as a homebrewer.  If you have a certain topic that you would like to have covered, just add a comment and we will make sure we discuss it!  Thanks to all our followers our there.  Cheers and happy brewing!


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