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Bottling Day

  • Bottles
    • Either bake bottles in the oven for an hour at ~200°F, run them through a hot cycle in the dishwasher, or simply fill and empty a couple of times with sanitizer solution.
  • Bottling bucket
    • Take the pouring spout off and sanitize that too.
  • Syphon
    • All parts
  • Bottle filler
  • Bottle caps
  • Bottle capper
  • Your hands

First you need some sugar to carbonate your beer. Use corn sugar (a.k.a. glucose, dextrose) because it’s completely fermentable and won’t add any more flavor to your already delicious brew. Hopefully this is what came in your brew kit. If not, complain loudly and go buy some dextrose at the grocery store. The typical amount to use is ¾ cup for a five gallon batch (no more, or the term “beer bomb” might take on a different meaning to you). Boil the sugar in two cups of filtered water for 5 – 10 minutes.

Take the lid off (or the cork out of) your fermenter and use the same process with your siphon to transfer the BEER (that’s right, you now have beer instead of wort) as you did on transfer day. If you didn’t have a secondary fermentation step, refer to the procedure here.

The rest is easy. Pour the sugar solution into the beer and set the lid lightly on the bottling bucket. Now if you have a bottle filler, attach it to the spout on the bucket and fill your bottles. If not a hose will do just fine. Leave around ½ inch of airspace in the top of the bottle (enough room for carbonation to increase pressure without anything exploding). Cap the bottles and put them aside until they’re ready. Light can affect the flavor of the beer, so keep them in a dark place. Too much variation in temperature can be bad also. I use a closet and try to avoid the urge to practice my radio button twisting ability on the thermostat.

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