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

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Bottling a Doom Bar clone at high SG

Bonjour, I have brewed a Doom Bar clone. I was aiming at an Original gravity of 1.045 but only managed 1.041. Unfortunately I lost temperature in the ferment and it stuck at 1.020 after 7 days and has ...
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Add campden and bottle right away or should I wait?

I know that we should add campden before bottling wine. My question is, I need to add it 1 day prior to bottling or can I add campden and bottle right away. I am afraid of cork popping because if I ...
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Not homebrewing, but I need help bottling for medical issues

I’m not home brewing anything but I recently got some swing top glass bottles with the idea that I could put my store bought sodas in them. I have many medical issues & one of them causes chronic ...
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Can I use sodium metabisulphite and potassium sorbate together before bottling?

I had fermented mango wine weeks back. After a week I did my first racking to remove pulp. The Brix value is not moving down so assuming fermentation is over, I'm planning to bottle it. Initially, ...
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Flat beer after bottling

After 6 weeks in bottles my doppel bock is flat. Do I dump this batch and start over, or is there a way to salvage it?
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Lack of fermentation after racking to secondary

After 3 weeks in fermenter, doppel bock went from O.G. 1.067 to 1.013, still bubbling occasionally, but not changing. However, after racking to secondary I see no fermentation or bubbling and wonder ...
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Dimple in cork persisting after corking

I bottled my wine bottles with a Portuguese floor corker, but the dimple is still in the agglomerated cork after a year. I was told to: Wait three weeks with the bottle upright. Store a year with the ...
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Proper method for using this sort of swing-top when bottling?

First time brewer here... I have swing-tops that affix to used bottles via this sort of band: I am wondering if I am utilizing it correctly or if there is a trick or something for wrapping the band ...
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No tap in my bucket, when should I move to the bottling one?

I'm coming back to homebrew after 20 years. When I started, everybody used to transfer the beer for another vessel for a secondary fermentation. My old kit has two buckets and I'm fermenting it in the ...
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Unconsumed yeast nutrients before bottling

I have a batch of a brown ale (15L) from a kit, where after some weeks, I got 1.016 and the fermentation stopped. To restart the fermentation I added two teaspoons of yeast nutrients. After one day, ...
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Champagne/Cider Remuage: Why not just place the bottle upside down (90 degrees)?

I'm making hard sparkling apple cider using the Champagne method (re-fermenting on the bottle for carbonation). This year I will try the full method of also removing the yeast lees from the bottle ...
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Can I vacuum my primary fermenter headspace for an extended period?

I have a 12 gallon stainless steel vessel with 10 gal. of pinot noir in it. I racked it once and it has been sitting for 6 months or so. I keep the 2gal of headspace full of CO2. Everything seems to ...
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Is my final gravity to high for bottling?

I am making an Irish Red Ale, unfortunately I forgot to take a starter gravity reading before putting the beer into primary fermentation (primary fermentation was done at 68 °F +/- a few). ...
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Should I be worried about bottle bombs?

I did a five gallon batch of an Irish Red, allowed it to go through primary fermentation for ten days, transferred it to secondary for 7 days, then bottled. The recipe called for 3.64 Oz of priming ...
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Chlorine taste in 3 batches 🤬

I’m new here, but wondering if any of you guys & Girls help! I’ve been brewing for about a year and done over 20 brews of various different beers mainly PA’s and IPA’s using a Grainfather. For ...
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Chocolate stout stuck at 1021

I'm brewing a bulldog chocolate stout 'Easter brew' as per the instructions. 4.2kg of malt extract alone, 23L, one packet of dried yeast. OG 1058, the generic bulldog instructions just say get it to ...
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How can I rebottle my kombucha without losing carbonation?

I've been giving brewing my own kombucha a try, following this guide. It's been going well, and I've made it all the way through my first batch! \o/ The one bit where I differed from the guide was in ...
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Stopping fermentation in soft drinks

Does anyone know how they manage to stop all these (naturally) fermented drinks sold commercially from fermenting once they are bottled? I’ve seen kombucha bottles coming from another part of the ...
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Activity in fermenter has increased suddenly after 2 weeks, why?

I'm a total beginner and really appreciative of any advice here. I'm making a 1 gallon batch of IPA from a kit. I brewed 16 days ago, and in the first 48 hours of the wort being in the fermenter it ...
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Can I bottle room temperature beer with a beer gun from a pressurized Fermentasaurus or Fermzilla?

I am currently fermenting an IPA at room temperature in a Fermentasaurus. It has built up a nice bit of pressure which is carbonating my beer, GREAT! Nature: awesome. Now I've been looking at better ...
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I accidentally put the wrong batch in the fridge

I bottle multiple batches every other weekend. I accidentally grabbed a wrong batch that was bottled with chico only a couple days before and put it into the fridge. I had not noticed until 2 weekes ...
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Should I add yeast when bottling an IPA after sitting in secondary for 1.5 months

I'm VERY new to homebrewing. This is my first 5gal batch. I moved from primary to secondary after 1-2 weeks. I then (due to life, work, forgetting to order bottles) have left the beer in the secondary ...
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Apple cider cloudy

I made my primary fermentation since 25 days ago SG was 1.100 ( bubbling was stopped since 2nd week), today I’m going to move the cider to secondary the Gravity is about 0.980 but the cider is still ...
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Bottling in Aluminum Coors Light Pint Cans?

I have several aluminum Coors Light Pint cans with screw-top caps. I haven't tried to bottle with them yet. Has anyone else successfully bottled in these cans? Thanks.
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Bottle a beer that was stuck at fermentation?

6 Months ago I attempted a KBS Clone. Beer uses chocolate, coffee, bourbon soaked oak. I got 1.090 OG and got stuck at 1.032, but it tastes really good (Can chocolate make it appear higher?) It's ...
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Bottling Advice

I am bottling my first wine soon. However, I am not sure if I should invest in a winged corker, or a floor corker. What are the pros and cons of each, and which should I invest in?
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How to avoid SCOBY in the Kombucha bottle? (second fermentation)

I am a kombucha brewer, and for a long time I have been trying to avoid SCOBY formation in the bottle during the second fermentation. Does anyone know some way to do this?
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Over-primed for bottle conditioning. How many days to blow off carbonation before allowing to resume?

Alright, so I've gone and over-primed a 5 gallon amber batch when bottling. Surprisingly, there is limited solid information available so I figured I would ask for feedback and then post the results ...
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How do you feel about Swing Top wine bottles?

The question says it all. I am sure they are great for wines that will be consumed young, but what about for wines you are going to store for longer periods of time? Months, years?
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Is it wise to dissolve priming sugar or gelatin in water the day before adding it to the beer?

One of the biggest time consumers I have on bottling day is cooling down the sugar to room temperature. So I have been thinking about sanitizing a small container the day before bottling, dissolve the ...
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Brewer's Best Conditioning Tabs

Does anyone know how long it takes for these to carbonate a 12 oz bottle?
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Is it OK to bottle condition using previously contaminated bottles?

Almost a year ago I made a saison batch that got contaminated, I stored it out of sight(without emptying them) and forgot about it. Suppose I empty the bottle now, wash them good and sanitize them ...
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Beer Bottle vs. Can Head Space, Carbonation, and Conditioning

I have brewed at least a couple hundred 5-gallon batches of ale over the last 20+ years. For the vast majority of these batches, I have kegged in corny kegs and force carbonated using 30 PSI and ...
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Priming kit beer without bottling bucket

After experiencing midnight explosion in 5L keg few year ago, i researched for safer ways to prime. Ever since i was measuring dextrose and adding in each bottle per its volume (and desired CO2) and ...
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Will baked bottles stay sanitized if kept inverted?

This site has quite a few post on how to clean and re-use bottles. In this community wiki, we learn that by putting foil over the top of bottles and baking them for 60 minutes at 340, we will ...
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Blichmann QuickCarb and Bottling

I used this Quickcarb to carbonate my beer, but when bottled (with a BeerGun) I get too much foam in the bottle and almost no beer, after finally filling the bottle I tap it. And when I try my beer it ...
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Carbonation process - Using the carboy

I've been homebrewing for a few months now (it's now my 15th liter!) and i was thinking about making my beer clearer/better. The best thing i could come up with, in my homebrew gear, was trying to ...
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Carbonation dissipates very quickly after opening bottled beer

I finished a German Wheat beer that I kettle soured and then I made a franken-beer shandy with a couple of gallons of the leftover wort. Neither of these beers seems to have kept their carbonation. ...
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Bottling in steel growlers

I want to bottle and carbonate in flip-top steel growlers. How long do you think the beer stays fresh? Any other problems that might arise?
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How long should I wait for priming solution to mix when added to a keg?

Background After my beer reached FG I transferred it into a corny keg, cold crashed in my keezer at 42°F, and fined with gelatin. 48 hours after adding the gelatin I pulled about a pint of sludge ...
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Life expectancy of swing-top bottles

I started brewing less than a year ago. In that time I've acquired about 60 swing top bottles, and filled about 200, I estimate I've filled each bottle less than 5 times. The last batches I made were ...
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Drops vs. sugar [duplicate]

I used carbonation drops in the bottles on my first batch and worked well. On the next batch, I measured dry sugar into each bottle. Lot of foaming. I haven't tasted it yet. What can I expect? Also, ...
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Can I add priming sugar second time after beer turned out flat?

Bottled a batch of ale three weeks ago using bulk priming method. When there’s almost nothing left in a pale I’ve noticed that most of sugar didn’t dissolve staying at the bottom, which never happened ...
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Priming solution or add sugar to individual bottles?

From what I've read, it seems that the old technique of adding a given amount of sugar to each bottle for priming isn't recommended anymore. Instead, just about every source recommends boiling ...
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what happens if the first fermentation hasn't ended and I go ahead and prime and bottle my beer?

yea kinda think I didn't let it go long enough, also had other responsibilities other than a brewer so ¯_(ツ)_/¯
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are partially filled bottles ok?

I just wanted to ask if someone had similar experience. I brewed a white stout, force carbonated and was ready to bottle it using beer gun, not a fancy one just one from eBay. During the bottling ...
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When to bottle high ABV beer?

Question: Aside from confirming fermentation is complete via consistent hydrometer readings, is there another way to check that the beer is ready for bottling, particularly in higher abv beers? ...
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Bottling With Jelly Bean Question

I was reading about bottling home brew with jelly beans, Can I just buy the jelly beans at the grocery store or do I have to order them special for brewing?
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Fixing a "Watery" beer

I brewed a V2 of this NEIPA I was trying to improve and it's currently sitting in the keg awaiting bottling. I brewed on new equipment and I had less boil off than expected so I had maybe a .75-1gal ...
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Re-using Caps in new Batches

I have noticed that after I open many of my beers, my caps still look perfectly intact. I.e not fractures stresses and are relatively clean still. It seems like such a waist to just chuck it. Does ...
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