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

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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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Variable carbonation

I've just begun sampling my first batch, and I noticed that my carbonation level can vary from bottle to bottle. Most are just about perfect, but a few have certainly been over-carbonated, practically ...
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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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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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Bottle Sizes Smaller than 12 Ounces?

Has anyone ever seen 8oz bottles anywhere? I was asked if I could bottle a batch of homebrew in smaller bottles so it could be given out as gifts to more people. I can't seem to find anything ...
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specific gravity too high to bottle?

I recently brewed the Brewer's Best Milk Stout, which uses LME plus lactose and maltodextrin. The original gravity was 1.060, which is within the specs for offered in the instructions. Now after about ...
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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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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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What sugar to use when transferring to bottle or barrel

Doing a homebrew for the first time, bought a kit to do it with; figured it be a good student method of saving money :). Anyway, its currently in the fermenting bin, and when it comes to transferring ...
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Transfer flat bottled beer into a keg

Quick rundown. I was in a rush to bottle an IPA and I forgot to add my priming sugar. I remembered after already bottling about three beers and went ahead and got my priming solution going and added ...
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Using champagne yeast

I would like to make an IPA that is very bubbly and dry like a champagne. I'm assuming to get it really bubbly I would just bottle with champagne yeast, but to achieve the dryness would I also ferment ...
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What kind of paper should I use for bottle labels?

Do I need to use heavier paper (ie, 30 lb) for labels? Would regular printer paper work just as well?
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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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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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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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Add finings to beer to be bottled?

I've got a chocolate stout fermenting at the moment, and I'd like to add finings to this once fermentation is complete. I haven't done this before, so wondering what the best method is? I'll be ...
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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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recapping my bottles? Will it ruin the outcome of my beer?

I bottled my first batch of homebrew and didnt fill the bottles all the way. So the next day I opened the bottles and poured some more beer into them and recapped them.. I this going to mess up the ...
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Secondary or Bottles

I currently have a stout (my 2nd home brew) in a secondary fermentor (glass carboy). Once it reaches FG, what are the advantages/disadvantages of leaving it in the secondary to condition vs bottling ...
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Bag-in-box packaging

Is it suitable for beer "bottling" or would the pressure tear it apart? If it's suitable it could be really useful since it can contain a large quantity of liquid with low package weight.
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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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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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How to use priming sugar

I am about to bottle my first cider, and i have a 500g bag of priming sugar, from what i have read, i can either prime each bottle, or i can pour the sugar into the brewing vessel and stir it in if i ...
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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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Why I can't recap commercial bottles?

I tried to use a commercial beer bottle that looks exactly the same as my homebrew bottles, picture related: But when I tried to cap with a Red Baron capper, this only pops... The opening of the ...
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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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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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When is it the optimal time to add flavoring?

I purchased a bottle of raspberry flavoring from a home brew store for a Lambic brew that is still in secondary. I don't believe the flavoring has any fermentables in it. Should this flavoring be ...
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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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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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How long can I leave my Ginger Beer (kit) in the primary?

Another fact finding question: How long can I - theoretically - leave my Ginger Beer brew in the primary (a 5 gallon glass carboy) before bottling? The instructions suggest 8 days, hovever it's ...
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Why is some of my beer flat (half of the bottles in one of 2 batches done together)?

I brewed and subsequently bottled 2 batches of beer together, following much the same process for cleaning/sanitizing and brewing throughout. When bottling, I bulk primed both batches with a sugar ...
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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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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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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 my Cider ready to bottle

ok my question is this i have bought a cider kit on the instructions it says to bottle after 7 days or when it reads 1010 on the hydrometer , my OG was 1072 and i have left it for seven days and it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bottling high Alcohol beer

I have been researching this on some blogs and have seen info on this topic but not an answer to this question. I have brewed a 10.6% Belgian tripel with an FG of 1.02 about 6 weeks ago (secondaryed ...
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Which inkjet-printable labels perform well?

I've never bothered to label my beer before, but I think I want to start. Have you ever used inkjet-printable labels on your brew before? How did they perform? Are there any brands of labels that ...
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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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Why is my keg bottled beer going flat

Here is my bottling process. Cold crash, keg, purge air, force carbonate while cold. Sit a few days while serving in the kegerator and the carbonation is fine. Time to bottle some to take to ...
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Bottling and Caps are loose

my first attempt at brewing is going well. Everything was going well, I went to check the amount of sediment in the bottles beer. With a gentle turn, the beer was leaking out the top. I noticed this ...

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