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

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Homebrewing Soda, Safety Concerns

I wanted to try making my own soda this summer, and finally got around to it 10 days ago. Here's the thing. I didn't have/use any specialized equipment. I boiled water with sugar ~15 minutes, and ...
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hard candied sugar

I have been adding a consistent amount of loose Corn sugar (5oz) to each 5 gallon batch. After my final fermentation just before bottling or kegging didn't matter and seems to work pretty well. The ...
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What fitting do I need to carbonate a glass flip top bottle

I'm looking to make some carbonated beverages, and I purchases some flip top bottles. I'm also looking into adapting CO2 with a pressure regulator to carbonate the beverages. From what I've seen I can ...
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Cloudy beer after bottling?

We have just made our first brew - an all grain pale ale. As per recipe we left it fermenting for a week, syphoned into a separate bucket, adding the priming sugar and then bottled. The beer is cloudy!...
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Sealing flip-top bottles with wax

I just started brewing a batch of mead (non-carbonated) and plan to bottle it in 1 L and 500 mL swing-top bottles. Is there any advantage or disadvantage to sealing the swing-tops by dipping them in ...
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Is head space really necessary when bottling still mead?

I think most of us here leave a head space that is the space left when we pull the wand out of the bottle. So, if we are dealing with still mead is the head space really necessary? Would this space + ...
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Is there a source for clear and amber glass bottles that can handle pressure?

Looking for a place I can get soda bottles from ( looking to brew my own soda ) either twist top or screw top. Looked all around the internet but can't seem to find the right thing.
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Can ring crown bottles be recapped?

Can ring crown (pull off) bottless such as these: be recapped using a table top or bench bottle capper? EDIT: Just to be clear, I mean capping the bottle with regular caps like these, not not pull ...
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I don't have secondary buckets

Still on my first brew! Everyone talks about secondary buckets and bottling buckets... what are they? I bought a kit and there's no mention of any other buckets.
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Bottling after kegging

I have kegged a nut brown ale and it turned out awesome. I would like to put some of it in bottles to save it and ship to friends. Is that possible? Would I need to do anything to it before putting it ...
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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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New siphon advice

I've been using buckets, taps and hoses so far but want to start using carboys so I need a siphon. Since there are several types around, what do you suggest? I've heard that automatic ones are a bit ...
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Someone wants me to brew them a batch, what logistics can be used?

I have not seen anything on this subject, but recently I had a beer tasting and there were several people that wanted a batch for parties or weddings. How do you handle the logistics with such ...
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Can transporting bottles affect the outcome of the brew?

Background Due to the limitations of my apartment, I decided to brew at a friend's house. Once my double IPA had finished its fermentation phases, I proceeded to bottling it. Shortly afterwards, I ...
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How to Bottle Brewed Tea

Hi I'm planning to sell my tea(brewed tea + sugar + lemon/fruit extract) product in bottles(Plastic or Glass) but since it's brewed tea it only last for 12hrs before funky smell comes out. Is there a ...
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When bottling, is it better to use corn sugar or saved wort?

When preparing to bottle your beer after primary fermentation, most instructions call for adding sugar or corn sugar to kick-off the second fermentation in the bottle and carbonate the beer. I have ...
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Reusing twist-off bottles

I've heard it said that twist-off bottles should be avoided when reusing bottles for homebrewing. I've also heard a few people saying they've used plenty of them with no ill effects. Given that (at ...
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How long should Ice wine be aged?

How long should Ice wine be aged in either bulk aging (leaving it in the carboy) or in bottle aging? Or does the aging process only depend on the type of grape being used?
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Bottling Bucket - really necessary?

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. ...
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Milkiness after adding clearing agent (finnings)

I have added the clearing agent to my brew...on the 22nd of December. But, just pulled a sample to check numbers before bottling...and its still a little milky. Is this normal? Will it clear up ...
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Gently stir fermenter before bottling?

When you drink a spirit and mixer with a straw sometimes you get a kick of alcohol at the end, so you keep stirring it with the straw while drinking it. Will the different components of a brew (e.g. ...
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Reduce sediment in bottle for IPA

I have just started a kit based IPA, but am experimenting with my own hops. I have been reading about reducing the amount of sediment, as the ciders i have made recently, have had about 5 - 6mm of ...
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How do I remove the medicinal taste of vanilla extract in my beer?

I bought a natural vanilla extract (vanilla beans, alcohol, and water) to add to my beer at bottling time. I mixed it along with my carbing sugar and bottled. When I tried the beer for the first ...
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Oxidation during bottling

I had some issues with siphoning last night, so it took about an hour to rack from the carboy to bottling bucket. Should I be worried about oxidation? Both containers were open that entire time. ...
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Mead Post-Fermentation and Bottling

I currently have a batch of mead fermenting and I'm a bit confused about the bottling process for a still mead. I would like to know the steps/process for treating the mead before bottling. Should I ...
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Under-carbonated bottled beer

I just opened up a couple bottles of a brown ale I just brewed, and there is much less carbonation then I had hoped. The beer was in the primary for a week, secondary for 3 weeks, then primed and ...
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First Batch Bottle Exploded

I'm in the bottling phase with my first batch of beer. Came home last night and one of the bottles had exploded. The beer spent 7 days in the primary fermenter and hit the target gravity per the kit....
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Bottles lost pressure, can I rebottle?

I was being cheap and used empty water bottles to bottle my beer. They worked okay on my 1st batch when I used 1 carbonation drop to prime. That 1st batch didn't have quite the carbonation level I ...
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How long should a carbonated bottle be refrigerated prior to drinking?

After I bottle my beers, I leave them on a shelving system to carbonate. Instead of throwing them all into the fridge, I just leave them on the shelves and move them individually into the fridge the ...
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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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Large drop in specific gravity over 24 hour period

My cider brew (5 gal) has experienced a large drop in its specific gravity readings over a 24 hour period. Yesterday it was measured at 1.05 with the kit recommending bottling at 1.04 or lower. Today ...
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Boneheaded Noob Move - Not enough priming sugar

I bottled and capped my second batch of beer in 12 oz glass bottles and realized afterward I'd added far too little priming sugar. Recipe called for 3/4 teaspoon per bottle, and I only used heaping 1/...
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Should Priming Sugar Solution Have Minimal Oxygen?

When I bottle, I follow the typical step of boiling some water, adding bottling sugar, letting it cool, and adding it to the beer that's done fermenting (but still of course has live yeast floating ...
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How to calculate and add the required amount of inverted sugar (liquid) during the bottleling phase?

How should I calculate te correct amount of priming sugar (inverted sugar) in liquid form, pretty much like a syrup for bottleling ? I was thinking in using a cooking syringe to add it to each bottle,...
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How long do sanitized bottles keep?

If you sanitize a bunch of bottles and store them upside down on a tree or in a box (still upside down); how long can you store them like that before you feel the need to resanitize them? Is there a ...
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Can a little human spit spoil fermented beer?

The other day, I was with my friend getting ready to bottle a batch of modified cream ale (our second homebrew so far). We were using an auto-siphon to transfer beer from fermenter to the bottling ...
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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 air-...
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Where can I get small glass bottles in San Francisco?

I'm looking to bottle cocktails in small glass bottles. I've been looking online and most smaller bottles are either very expensive or have extremely pricy shipping (in most all cases, it comes to ...
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How to prime and bottle?

apologies for the somewhat newbie question (I can't hide it, this is my first batch and I'm hoping to get it right)! I have started the Bulldog Evil Dog double IPA kit and although I am still some ...
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Not quite at FG with an extract batch after two and a half weeks… Safe to bottle?

It's a simple US-05 extract batch. OG was 1.063 and I'm currently on 1.016 where projected FG was 1.012. Gravity has been stable for three days. It's also absolutely delicious so I'd gladly bottle it ...
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Stalled Fermentation to Bottling

I brewed an amber ale 4 weeks ago and the fermentation has stalled. The OG was 1.060, and a week and a half later the gravity was 1.037. I let it sit another week and a half and the gravity reached 1....
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Is this cider recipe I made ok?

The following is a cider recipe I made, slightly tweaking a previous one I had. Just curious if this will produce a drink that is safe to drink and won't explode as a bottle bomb or any other crazy ...
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Bottling hard cider

I made Hard Cider by essentially adding a packet of active dry yeast to a little less than a gallon of apple cider and some water with sugar that I boiled. One week later (today) I boiled one cup of ...
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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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Can I bottle ale after 2 weeks in keg?

I've primary fermented my Woodfordes Admiral Reserve for 4 days, kegged with 3oz if sugar and it's now it's been in there a week. I don't want sediment in my beer. Can I bottle it after 2 weeks in the ...
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How to bottle Hard Cider

I made hard cider this way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G25FFvCpNoQ except I also added cranberries, a couple tablespoons of sugar, and cinnamon. I was wondering after how long it will be done ...
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Is it possible to cork screw-top wine bottles?

Do normal corks and normal corkers work with them? Is there a greater risk of breaking the neck of the bottle during corking?
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how do you add yeast during bottling stage and ensure it won't burst?

I made a delicious Oktoberfest that came out flat. The lady at AHS said to add 4 grains of champagne yeast to the bottle, since the FG was 1.042 and it tasted very sweet. She said not to let it ...
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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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Can a twist-off bottle be capped?

Out of curiosity (and appreciation for Boulevard's bottle's form-factor), can a twist-off bottle be reliably capped?

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