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

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Is my lager done fermenting? More yeast?

I put my lager in the primary fermenter roughly 30 days ago. The original gravity was around 1.060 and 5 days ago when I took a reading it was at about 1.013. Today it's at 1.012 - so it doesn't ...
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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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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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Will bottling by pouring negatively impact the flavor of my beer?

This is my second homebrew. I used a friend's siphoning equipment and bottle filler for my first batch, then got my own. This second batch is a pumpkin spice porter. It fermented for a week, and ...
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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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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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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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Glass Milk bottles?

Just about to start up my next batch and noticed I hac a couple glass milk bottles from Whole Foods lying around. In what ways could they be put to-use in homebrewing? Fermenting a test? Mead? Cider? ...
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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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Can I lager in bottles?

I am planning to do a lager this winter, since I don't have a good way of controlling temperature, I was wondering if it is possible to bottle it with priming sugar, and then lager it? Or should I ...
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Bottling vs Kegging Questions

One thing that is very confusing to me right now is the difference between bottling and kegging, more specifically the carbonation difference between them. The first doubt of kegging arises when you ...
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How to strain when bottling

I have small seeds in my primary and I am ready to bottle it. How do I strain out the little seeds before bottling?
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How does bottling in a half bottle effect taste

I just finished my first batch, a Brooklyn Brew 1gal kit, and was unable to split the batch evenly over 8 bottles so I ended up with 7.5. When I went to taste the beers after two weeks in the bottles ...
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Heinken bottles.

Has anyone used these bottles and recaped them with home brew? Not sure if they use twist off caps or the regular pry-offs.
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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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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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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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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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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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Bottling Rhythm and efficiency

I've read the answers on how to sanitize bottles while bottling [here] but my question is this... Should you cap a bottle right after filling it, or can you fill say 6 bottles, cap them, then put ...
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Variable Final Gravity when Priming for Bottle Conditioning

I was bottling a batch of beer last night and as always I take the last bit from the bottling bucket to test the Final gravity. When I tested it it read 1.044. After much talking amoungst ourselfs we ...
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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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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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Where to add the sugar before bottling?

I'm brewing my first beer, in a few days the primary fermentation will be complete. On completion I'll rack it into another bucket, but I'm a bit confused about where to put the required amount of ...
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How to prime with maple syrup?

I'm not necessarily looking for a flavor add from the maple, but I want to carbonate my beer with some pure Vermont maple syrup that my brother harvested and prepared. I'm comfortable with the ...
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Carbonating using table sugar

I have an IPA that is ready to bottle. I don't have any carbonation drops, so I'm considering using table sugar. Apparently 250grams for the 60 bottles of beer in the tub is about right (equivalent ...
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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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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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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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How long must an ale be conditioned in bottles outside of the fridgerator?

I bottled my first batch of beer 72 hours ago. I am under the impression that bottled beer should not immediately be placed in the refrigerator, as this would prevent the remaining yeast from ...
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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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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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Use of lactic acid

I've been reading through Beer Craft by William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill, and there's a lot of really interesting variations for basic recipes. I'm aiming to try their Saison recipe, and it says ...
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Secondary fermentaton objectives

I recently racked to a secondary, an amber ale of grain and extract of my own recipe after fermentation seemed complete. Am I doing my ale a favor by doing this and will it increase clarity and flavor?...
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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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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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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 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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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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Kegging Vs Bottling in regards to Conditioning

I recently started kegging, roughly 6 batches ago. Initially I would keg two batches and place them in the refridgerator, waiting two weeks for them to carbonate "naturally" (as opposed to "forced" ...
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Storing home brew

I was wondering if I could store my finished home brew in a fermenting bucket that has a spout on the side. Of course not the same one it was fermented in but a clean one. Will it hold its carbonation?...
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How to bottle mead?

I have some mead fermenting. It is the first time doing it and I have no idea how would it be bottled. I have one sweet and one dry version Should I use beer bottles that can resist pressure? Is ...
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Corn Sugar Off Flavors [closed]

I know there is a substantial amount of debate regarding whether to use DME or corn sugar or table sugar to bottle prime, but I wanted to ask the question if priming with simple glucose, can ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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