Questions tagged [bottling]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Carbonation Drops vs. Sugar?

I'm brewing my very first batch with an actual kit (I've used Mr. Beer before with decent results and wanted to do it right). I bought a recipe kit from Northern Brewer and I opted for the Cooper's ...
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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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Is it safe to use swing-tops?

I just started brewing my first batch (yay!) and want to set up for bottling while I wait. My question is simple: Can I start using Swing-Tops like Grolsch to bottle my beer? I've heard varying ...
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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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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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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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Bottle Bombs or Paranoia

I am concerned I may overpressurize my bottles. I cold crashed the beer (my first time cold crashing) and never brought it back to room temp before bottling. I used an online calculator to calculate ...
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Can I increase the carbonation of already-bottled beer?

I just made my first ever batch of beer, and it turned out great! The only thing is that my priming sugar calculation was slightly under what it should have been. I added 1/4 cup honey to a (finished ...
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How to avoid homebrew-cider to explode out of the bottle when opening?

I'm in my first year making apple-cider from harvested apples. The fermentation started 10 days ago. I let it bubble for 7 days and I filled some of clear juice it into a small bottle (using a ...
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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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Gelatine as a beer finings (clarifier)? [duplicate]

I’ve never used a clarifier when I brew. However a friend used one of those Mangrove Jack kit packs for his first time. I noticed it comes with a packet of beer clarifier. On inspection I noted this ...
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Can I store beer in wine bottles

I have only standard wine bottles available, are they strong enough to hold bottle primed beer (max. 30 psi) without exploding?
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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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Backsweetening cider and carbonation drops

I just completed my first batch of hard cider. I was told to backsweeten it, which I did with Erythritol to taste about 3 weeks ago. then to put carbonation drops in each bottle before adding the ...
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Force carbonating then bottling

I've run into a "bottled yesterday" situation and I need to have 2 12oz bottles for an event tomorrow. The beer in question is a NEIPA. How would I calculate the PSI needed for a crank and shake if I ...
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How to fill a Corny with Commercial Beer

It may seem odd that a Homebrewer wants to do this, but my last batch didn't go to plan and then my wife decided to invite our friends round for a BBQ this coming Saturday. I'd prefer to have ...
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Determining bottling time to get a lightly sparkling Pet-Nat?

I am making my first wine ever out of slightly tart hand picked cherries. It is currently undergoing open primary fermentation in a large, covered container. In about a week I should be transferring ...
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PET Bottle shelf life

I have my first brew now in the primary and fermenting away for approaching 48 hours now. I plan to leave it there for 3 weeks rather than risk amateur mistakes for the small benefits secondary ...
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What is the cheapest food safe metal tube I can use for a counter pressure bottle filler?

I’ve all the parts to make counter pressure bottle filler (CPBF) except a 8mm outside diameter tube which will be in contact with the beer. I do have dip tubes in my Cornelius kegs, but before ...
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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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How can I get more consistent carbonation in bottles?

Some of my bottles usually turn out over carbonated, and some turn out under carbonated. Is there a good technique to get consistent carbonation? I imagine it is a function of both evenly distributed ...
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Siphon's tip got into the carboy

I am on the 10th day of fermentation, and tried to get a sample to measure gravity with siphon. However after a few pushes, it stopped working and I noticed that the tip got into the carboy, which I ...
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Should I bottle whole batch after fermentation?

I read that after fermentation finishes, there is no harm in waiting before priming. I am using kits, and wort is 4 gallons. Can I bottle 1 gallon of beer, and leave the remaining gallons in ...
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How to over carbonate?

Why would I want to over carbonate? Simple I’m trying to debug my under carbonated batches. So far I’ve had 4 batches all primed with coopers carbonation tabs and while they have all had some bubbles ...
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How to bottle from nitro as a homebrewer?

Does anybody know how to bottle from nitro? I have a nitro beer that I enjoy from my kegerator on a 75:25 N:CO2 gas blend. So far all attempts to bottle this beer on the nitro mix has failed (using ...
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Filter paper pre bottling

G'day gang, Pretty new to brewing (second batch on the ferment now). Just wondering if it would be ok to pass the fermented beer through filter paper before bottling? I've got filter paper like the ...
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Why are lambic and other sours/wilds bottled in green bottles?

I'm familiar with the science behind light contamination, skunking, and why most beers are bottled in brown bottles. What I'm curious is why some breweries are choosing to bottle their sours in green ...
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How long can homebrew stay in the primary fermenter?

I just put down my first brew and should have bottled it last week but had something come up. How long will it be good for? If I bottle it this weekend will it still be good or is there something I ...
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Same wine, different taste

Have you experienced the feeling that you open a bottle of your homemade wine and it seems to be a different wine from other bottles of the same batch? I have noticed the difference from one day to ...
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Carbonation gone wrong?

I was trying my first all grain brew yesterday when I realized that the beer was almost flat, which is weird because they spent about a week inside the bottle. It's a belgian golden ale and I've added ...
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How to use ( Super Kleer ) for the Beer !

How to use ( Super Kleer ) to clear the beer ... I purchased that but i didn't find a clear Direction to use it for the Beer ... Is it during primary or secondary ! Im planning to use it in the ...
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The holidays are messing up the bottling schedule

I brewed up the Grapefruit Sultan from Midwest on 12/7 and I'm facing a bottling predicament. As it stands fermentation is complete and the yeast are just cleaning up. No plans to secondary, and I'll ...
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Can I over-filter my beer?

I'm going to dry hop my very first IPA (without a bag) and I've read that when bottling I will need to put some kind of filtering cloth on the end of the racking cane to prevent hops sediment from ...
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Foam is gone after fridging, Should not I fridge?

After fermentation, I put priming sugar and put them to bottles and wait for 7-10 days in bottle. I open somt They look OK, good foam and carbonation. No fancy smell or off-taste. Then I put them in ...
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Mead: is it time to bottling?

I have a few questions. I'm making mead for the first time. My mead is now brewing for 2 months (since 11th august), but I'm not sure if it's time to bottle it. That's because it is still sparking. I ...
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Fixing an underprimed imperial stout

I brewed the stout of my dreams back on Monday the 7th of August. It's a 9.5% imperial which hits all my buttons. I then bottled it on the 24th of August, adding the appropriate amount of sugar to the ...
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Is it possible to successfully bottle a beer that's already been primed in a barrel?

I'd like to know what the effect of trying to bottle 35 pints of a light ale that's already been primed in a barel would be? Presumably there is still yeast floating about that would be able to ...
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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

Since I started brewing I've ALWAYS transferred to a secondary after about 2 weeks. This was how I learned and what many recipes say to do so I always did it. And I felt that this was a fantastic way ...
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Helping a first timer!

I'm hopefully about to make my first batch of sparkling slightly sweet cider. I have read all sorts of advice about reducing/increase tannin, stabilising and other scientific stuff. I want to keep it ...

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