The process of moving beer or wine in to bottles and sealing them for later consumption.

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Am I required to refrigerate bottles after bottling?

My instructions that came with my kit said that I should let the bottles sit for 3 days, then age in the fridge for 10 days. If I don't refrigerate, will I get bottle bombs? Advice on forums and ...
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Why leave headspace when bottling?

We are told to leave around an inch of headspace (depending on the bottle), but does anyone know why?
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Capper indents bottle cap. Is this ok?

I have a standard, hand held bottle capper and when I am using it I am getting indentations in the cap. The larger problem is that I am having issues with inconsistent carbonation and want to ...
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When brewing water Kefir my wire bail stopper blew off

I am trying to salvage my one fermenting bottle and wondered if anyone knows how to get the dern top/bail stopper back on the bottle. When I went to open my water kefir it shot liquid everywhere and ...
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Reduce Priming Sugar

I'm on my first batch of wort, I didn't account for evaporation and had a couple boil overs, I'm sitting at about 4.25 gallons of wort. Bottling calls for 5oz of priming sugar, should I reduce to ...
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How to bottle new brew properly

I'm new to brewing beer, i've made mead and wine in the past with varying success, I understand the bottling procedure with those two products but bottling beer is foreign to me and I just want to ...
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Kegging Vs Bottling in regards to Conditioning

I recently started kegging, roughly 6 batches ago. Initially I would keg two batches and place them in the refridgerator, waiting two weeks for them to carbonate "naturally" (as opposed to "forced" ...
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Bottle Headspace Problem

I bottled my beer two days ago, primed with honey as per the instructions of my all-grain kit. I've since been reading and found you need to leave about an inch of headspace in the bottles. ...
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Extract brew, sanitizing hop strainer and tap? First brew day!

Last night I made my first ever extract brew. The brew day went pretty well. As I have a 32 litre brupak boiler with a hop strainer and tap I cooled the wort with cold bottled water straight in the ...
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Is it better to age a wine in bottles rather than bulk aging?

My partner and I are brewing a 6-gallon wine batch, and we disagree over when to bottle it. It's been in the carboy for approximately 8 months, and I've read here and on other sites that bulk aging ...
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Can I Bottle Ginger Beer after the bubbles have stopped?

I'm a ginger beer neophyte, but I love the stuff and can't find it in my area. I decided to brew and have two, three gallon glass carboys working(?) In one I used an extract, champagne yeast, sugar ...
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Cold crashing bottled ale after fermentation

There are a few topics about this here but nothing that gives info on my particular situation... I've fermented in primary for 1 1/2 weeks then transferred to secondary. Left the ale in there for ...
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Do I have to bottle/keg an ale?

I've got an ale (23L) that's been brewing for six days now, my recipe says I should bottle or keg it after eight. I don't have any bottles or a keg, but I do have another bucket (25L, made for brewing ...
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Half my batch (while carbonating) got put in the fridge by mistake

They were put in the fridge at day 11 or 12. I'm afraid to take them out (to resume carbonation) because of skunking. Is this valid? I've read the other questions about carbonation/temperature, etc, ...
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in depth cleaning glass bottles

I realise there is a tonne of information about cleaning on the net already, but I am just about to bottle my first batch of glass bottles and wanted to put my process out there to make sure I haven't ...
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Sanitizing with bleach without rinsing

What concentration of bleach (or Sodium hypochlorite) diluted in water is necessary to sanitize bottles? How much time is necessary to keep the bottles immersed in the solution, or is sufficient to ...
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[WIKI] Bottle Sanitizing Techniques - Pros & Cons

What are the pros and cons of each bottle sanitizing method? Let's look at time, equipment, quality of sanitation, and other factors. Post one answer for each method. Edit the answers if you have ...
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Can I keep mead/wine in stainless steel bottles?

So what do you use for bottling? I'm really starting to look into stainless steel bottles. There are companies that make them (with customized artwork, no less) for conference shwag but you could ...
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Using Grolsch “Premium Lager” bottles for bottling

In my first bottling, I decided I wanted to try using half normal reused glass bottles with new bottle caps and half reused Grolsch beer bottles. Probably the worst part of the process was having to ...
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Bottling Rhythm and efficiency

I've read the answers on how to sanitize bottles while bottling [here] but my question is this... Should you cap a bottle right after filling it, or can you fill say 6 bottles, cap them, then put ...
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Is there anyway to tell if a glass bottle of beer is carbonated without opening it?

It would be great if I didn't have to ruin a bottle of beer by opening it to test to see if it carbonated. Is there any way to tell?
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Does oxygen introduced during bottling get consumed by the yeast during carbing / conditioning?

I was just thinking about oxidization at bottling time... If you (accidentally) introduced oxygen into your beer when bottling, wouldn't this be used by the yeast the same way it is when you ...
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Kegging but without CO2 tank

I got an annoyance issue here. I have a Cornelius keg 19lt and 15-16 liter batch of Wit-beer almost ready to go, but poorly timed.Issue is I currently don't have the CO2 regulator or Tank. Reason for ...
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Safe to bottle IPA with higher FG than expected?

The expected FG from my receipt was supposed to be 1014, but it has been stable at 1020 for about 3 weeks now. The wort has been on the fermentation tank for about 4 weeks, it reached 1020 after 1 ...
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When dry hopping, do you wait for clearing before bottling?

I'm still a beginner, this forum has helped me a great deal. I made an IPA, which cleared very well in the primary. It was transferred to a secondary for dry hopping, adding a muslin bag with 1 oz ...
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Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?

Some labels can be a pain to remove. I've tried soaking bottles in water with a little bit of dish soap but it doesn't really do much to break down the adhesive. What methods do you have for easily ...
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Turn Bottling Bin into a Mash Tun?

If I attach a removable mesh filter to hold back the grains and I properly insulate the entire bottling bin, can I dual wield it as a bottler and as a mashing tun? What benefits are there to having ...
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Using mason jars to bottle in?

Has anyone used mason jars to bottle in? What were your results if so? They are being sealed like when you can, so I'm especially curious if they hold pressure well. (I know they are clear, and that ...
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Beeswax for bottle waxing

Has anyone tried making their own bottling wax using part beeswax? What percentage of beeswax did you use and how well did it work (coming on and coming off)?
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What vessels to use to carbonate hard cider?

I'm currently fermening my first batch of apple wine, with the plan to make sparkling cider. My idea is to make sure that the first fermentation has stopped, rack the cider, put it into bottles and ...
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Is this a sign of improper carbonation or improper bottling?

This is a story of two very different pours from the same batch. TL;DR: the first bottle was foamy and very carbonated, the second was normal, but the first bottle went flat and was cloudy, while the ...
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Yeast too stressed for bottling?

I brewed a pumpkin ale and added extra fermentables. After primary and secondary was done, I went to bottle. While bottling I tried some and noticed the alcohol level was quite high. After two ...
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Is my hard cider ready for bottling?

My cider has been going for a month and I am not sure whether to move them to bottles yet or not. I was advised that slower fermentation leads to better cider, to I have had them in the garage for ...
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Yuengling Bottles for Homebrew?

Will Yuengling bottles work well to bottle? I don't care about the label, just that the bottle is strong and will take a non twist-off cap. Thanks!
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How can I prevent a bottle from leaking when it is transported or shaken?

Last night, I was trying to carry some bottles of my home-brewed beer in the basket of my bicycle. I only made it a few blocks from my home before I noticed that most of them were leaking. The caps ...
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Over carbonated what went wrong? Detailed

I realize this question has been asked a few times, however, I'm curious as to where I specifically went wrong with my batch. I can't seem to pin point it. I brewed a batch of IPA that tasted amazing ...
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There is a white film on the top of my bottled beer, what is it?

We brewed beer (Double IPA) for the first time, and we bottled the beer 1 week ago. Now when I look at all my bottles, they all have that white film on the top and I was wondering what it could be? ...
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How to strain when bottling

I have small seeds in my primary and I am ready to bottle it. How do I strain out the little seeds before bottling?
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What are some effective, cheap, easy ways to clean and re-use bottles?

After a couple year hiatus from home brewing, I'm ready to get back into it and I have been diligently consuming some local microbrews and saving the bottles in preparation. When I brewed before, for ...
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Sanitizing bottles with StarSan

I just brewed a trappist style ale and I am ready to bottle it. I am a meticulous sanitizer. Just a question though. I have always filled my buckets/carboys with 5 gallons of star sans solution to ...
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How long does a bottled beer last [duplicate]

I am making a trappist style beer and about ready to bottle it. I am looking to age part of the bottles and was wondering how long bottled homebrew stays good for?
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Where to add the sugar before bottling?

I'm brewing my first beer, in a few days the primary fermentation will be complete. On completion I'll rack it into another bucket, but I'm a bit confused about where to put the required amount of ...
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How many ounces of beer are in the typical 12oz bottle?

Assuming that a "12 oz bottle" means that the bottle filled to the brim holds 12 ounces then how many ounces do most breweries put in a bottle? Does the difference between the bottle size and actual ...
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Federweisser bottling

Can you bottle Federweisser at the point where you want to drink it and have it not keep fermenting? I have heard that the bottles may explode if you just bottle it normally.
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Use of lactic acid

I've been reading through Beer Craft by William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill, and there's a lot of really interesting variations for basic recipes. I'm aiming to try their Saison recipe, and it says ...
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Flat beer. Not enough priming sugar?

I'm new to this blog and brewing. Recently i put down my first Coopers Real Ale. All went well, great flavor but flat to very slight carbonation in bottles. 1.5 tsp in 1250ml and .5 tsp in 750ml ...
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My bottles are Conditioning underwater. Why are there bubbles on the caps on day 2 but not day 0 through 1?

On Sunday (day 0) I bottled beer for the first time (with my first batch). I asked my brother how I could determine whether or not I successfully locked the caps onto the bottles to make them ...
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What's the best/safest way to handle likely bottle bombs?

I'm using 16oz amber e-z cap bottles (swing tops). I've read that they'll self-vent before exploding, but I've heard other accounts of them actually exploding. I'm storing them like this and it's ...
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Why my homebrewed lager beer bottles explode?

I started home-brewing lager beer last year. I am using ready-kits and the first three times it went quite well. Now, with the latest, I had a very strange problem. A couple of weeks after I bottled ...
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Is this a bottle bomb waiting to happen?

Planning a strong & sweet Belgian style ale, I expected OG to be as high as 1.096. Because of my extremely amateur setup, I used two pots instead of one big one for the boil (between them both I ...