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Swing-top bottles leaking carbonation

Replace the seals. Buying 100 seals from eBay should cost you something like US$10. I also use swing-top bottles, and my protocol is to replace a seal immediately after opening a bottle that turned ...
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Life expectancy of swing-top bottles

It is a mechanical cap, as long as the mecanism and rubber is good, the bottle will be good. Changing the rubber seal is one way to expand the life of these bottles, however you should inspect the ...
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Reduce sediment in bottle for IPA

You'll never remove the sediment at the bottom when bottle conditioning. 5-6mm is not a terribly large amount of sediment either. Here are a few methods that can reduce the sediment: Use a ...
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Can I over-filter my beer?

If you are worried about the yeast getting through that bag, you have nothing to worry about. When we talk about sterile filtration, the generally accepted size of the filter is .45u (micron). 1000 ...
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Carbonation process - Using the carboy

You do not want to do this. Carboys are not meant to hold pressure and will break. If you want clearer beer, aging it longer in a carboy and/or using something like gelatin or whirlfloc will greatly ...
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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

Just becasue you don't use secondary doesn't mean you can't rack to a bottling bucket and bottle from that. That's what I do. So, to answer the question directly, the best way to bottle from a ...
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Can I store beer in wine bottles

I agree with JesseB1234 and Mr_road. I did it myself a few times and results may vary. I had one cork poping up out of 5 bottles. It is not ideal, but if you have no other option, here are a few ...
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Filter paper pre bottling

Oi! No it would not be ok. You risk infecting and oxidising your beer. Just use one of {finings, cold crash, gelatine} or a combination of these to get all haze settled, then rack the clear beer from ...
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How to over carbonate?

Bottle bombs are usually beers that are about 10 gravity points above terminal gravity for standard 12oz bottles, then hit TG in the bottles. So 1.020 SG when 1.010 is TG. For typical normal ...
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Bottle Bombs or Paranoia

According to this calculator, adding 1.4oz of sugar to 2gal at 35°F is equivalent to adding 5.4oz at 68°F. At 35°F the disolved CO2 is around 1.61vol whereas at 68°F it is 0.86vol. In your case the ...
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How to avoid homebrew-cider to explode out of the bottle when opening?

The problem is that the cider is still under active fermentation - even if it does not look it. The yeast is consuming sugar, producing CO2, alcohol and flavours. The CO2 gas is over-pressurising ...
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Re-using Caps in new Batches

I never considered reusing caps, in my opinion, they probably have suffered some sort of flaw in their ability to reseal a bottle and be able to retain pressure. If you want to try a few caps after ...
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Life expectancy of swing-top bottles

If it's a quality Grolsch bottle, it will serve you for years. If it's a generic swing-top bottle from LHBS, don't expect much. Get a large pack of replacement seals off eBay and replace a seal on a ...
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Oxidation during bottling

It really shouldn't be an issue for oxidation. I wouldn't worry about it. When racked properly only the surface area is exposed. At worse maybe the last couple bottles may have an issue. The beer is ...
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Bottling Bucket - really necessary?

Most of the equipment is not really necessary. It may just make it much easier. When you use a bottling bucket, you rack from fermenter to bottling bucket, leaving a layer of dead yeast cells and ...
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PET Bottle shelf life

IMHO PET bottles will keep beer very well for up to 6 months. Beer can be kept longer than that but I have noticed that "fizzy drinks" PET bottles can lose pressure after a year or so. Apparently the ...
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Is head space really necessary when bottling still mead?

Yes the head space is important. At the very least, you need the head space to cushion fluid volume expansion & contraction from temp change.
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Sealing flip-top bottles with wax

Wax dip gives an added layer of protection and look great too. The most functional part of a wax dip is to prevent crimp caps from rust from environment. Especially for beverages that will age in the ...
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Foam is gone after fridging, Should not I fridge?

If your beer really is stale, that would mean that you have a problem with the caps on your bottles because of the low temperature, and that somehow your CO2 escapes and oxygen enters. However, at ...
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Why are lambic and other sours/wilds bottled in green bottles?

There are very little hops in a lambic so it's much less susceptible to being light struck. They also tend to use aged hops and full duration additions. Basically there is very little alpha-acid if ...
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How to avoid homebrew-cider to explode out of the bottle when opening?

I think you need to wait for fermentation to stop before you bottle it, as co2 is being produced in the bottle and builds up the gas inside. Once fermentation has stopped you can filter it and you ...
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what happens if the first fermentation hasn't ended and I go ahead and prime and bottle my beer?

Normally, when we are bottling we wait for fermentation to complete and then add a defined amount of sugar that (by calculation or experience) will result in the desired level of carbonation in the ...
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Priming solution or add sugar to individual bottles?

You do have the answer in your question. When brewing my first kit, I put the sugar in each bottle and here is my experience: Have to measure sugar for each bottle, difficult and time consuming when ...
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Is my final gravity too high for bottling?

In general, you can consider you fermentation completed when you get the same gravity reading for 3 days in a row. It is either completed or stuck (I won't go on the details here, but do a search on '...
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Can beer become oxidized in the bottle?

Yes- it can. Chasing down oxidation after you've covered the basics is hard. Oxidation is typically perceived as starting once the beer is fermented... but that's not entirely true. However the ...
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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

Cold crash to help sediment and compact yeast. Safely tip the carboy 10-15° so you can maximize beer extraction at the end of racking (I use a couple of paperbacks). Do any movement or tipping of your ...
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Bottles lost pressure, can I rebottle?

Yes you can. Oxidation doesn't skunk beer, light does that. Oxidation gives a cardboard / wet paper aroma & taste. Oxidation can be minimized by using a funnel with a tube that reaches the ...
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Gently stir fermenter before bottling?

No, the alcohol is dispersed throughout the beer. Indeed, the entire thing is homogenous.
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Bottling Bucket - really necessary?

If you have a bucket w/ a tap in it, it sounds to me like you already have a bottling bucket. I'd probably buy another bucket w/o a tap to ferment in and bottle using your current bucket. You can ...
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specific gravity too high to bottle?

If you've done all that, I don't think you need to worry about bottle bombs. Lacto and malto are non-fermentable, long sugars which give this beer its body. And that is what is expected in this beer ...
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