"Making tasteless beer is not easy but the big guys have the experience, skill, and technical knowledge to do it." - Michael Jackson (beer writer - not the gloved wonder)

After the beer has fermented for a couple of weeks it will need to be bottled for future enjoyment. Like the rest of the process everything must be extremely clean! The easiest way to do this is to use a bottle washer.

To bottle the beer you will need:

Bottling bucket (a large bucket with a hole near the bottom to attach a spigot)

Bottle filler wand (see picture to lower right)

Bottle capper

50 beer bottles rinsed with C Bright and cleaned with bottle washer

All of these items can be found at a local homebrew shop.

Cleaning Beer Bottles
Cleaning beer bottles with a bottle washer

I suggest washing all your bottles first before you siphon the beer from the carboy to the bottling bucket. Bottle washing takes the most amount of time and you don't want your beer sitting out in the air for very long.

Prior to adding the beer to the bottling bucket, bring 2 cups of water and 1 cup of corn sugar to a boil. The sugar is used to carbonate the beer. Once cooled add the sugar-water to the bottling bucket.

After the beer has been siphoned into the bottling bucket, cover it and begin filling bottles. To keep the floor clean it is best to fill the bottles over a bucket or towel. Hand off the full bottle to your partner who will cap each bottle. (capping: step 1, step 2, step 3).

Clean each bottle and initial each cap to identify the beer (example, W for wheat beer). Let the beer sit for 2 weeks in a cool dark place to carbonate.

Finally, when the beer is ready to drink place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to chill it and pour into a clean glass. Now RELAX, DON'T WORRY! HAVE A HOMEBREW!!!

Filling Beer Bottles
Filling the beer bottles with bottling wand


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