Learn how to bottle and condition (carbonate) home brew, the final step in your brewing adventure! It is important when bottling to ensure your fermentation is complete. to do this, test your beer one day prior to bottling for a hydrometer reading. You want it to be the same two days in a row. If your beer reads the same two days in a row, that means it has stopped fermenting.
Bottle and Bottle Condition Home Brew:
1) First, mix up your sanitizer and make sure your bottles are clean, and you have inspected each one for debris. (Check out my post here)
2) Next, get 2 cups of water and boil separately. Measure out your dextrose using a priming calculator.
3) Now pour the dextrose solution into the bottom of your clean and sanitized primary fermenter (Or bottling bucket, if you have gone all out).
4) Siphon out all the brew except for the bottom inch. We want to leave as much yeast at the bottom to ensure a clear beer. Be sure the brew is not splashing around everywhere, and oxygen affects the taste of the beer negativity. Lay the end of the hose of the siphon on the bottom of the fermenter to ensure it incorporates the dextrose without adding to much oxygen.
5) Once the beer is all siphoned, put the primary fermenter full of beer on a high surface, at lease 3 feet above bottles. Sanitize your bottle filler and attach to the end of your siphon hose.
6) Have your sanitizer, bottles and some accompanying music and/ or a friend to help the process of bottling.
7) Grab a bottle, sanitize, fill, cap, and repeat. As you fill, leave about 1 inch of space at the top of the bottle, then cap and move on. Don’t let the sanitized bottle filler touch the ground as you do this process. That’s it! That is how you bottle and carbonate home brew!
8) To bottle wines, skip steps 2-3 and rather than capping the beer bottles, you will cork then using a corker as seen below:
If you have multiple brews in bottles at once, make sure you label them. I just use a black marker and painters tape, comes off easy and gets the job done! I always find it handy to write the bottling date on each bottle for quick reference.
Finally, make sure you age the brew the proper amount during the aging process, I know it can be tempting! It will be well worth the wait to have a properly carbonated and balanced beer or well aged wine!