Pretty new to the home brew scene and about to have my first attempt at extract brewing next week. I have spend a lot of time reading up, but openly admit I may have glossed over some aspects. Nonetheless, I feel I have a good grasp to have my first go and hey, a lot of this is about trial and error isn't it.
Apologies if this question is answered elsewhere, too - I did have a look around before posting but could not find an answer.
In terms of bottling day, I understand the process of racking to a bottling bucket with priming sugar etc. My question is, is the bottling bucket absolutely essential? What potential pitfalls would I face if I were to either:
- prime the beer by adding the priming sugar to the fermenter and gently stirring in before bottling; or
- using carbonating tabs in the bottles and bottling straight from the fermenter?
I have read up on priming sugar vs carbonating tabs, and I know the pros and cons to each, I just wondered what risk (if any) there is in going straight to bottle from the fermenter assuming either way the beer is properly primed?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts/tips on this.