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Pictorial guide to bottling.

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Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby tim_n » Mon Apr 14, 2014 09:56

I used starsan for my sterlising solution. Primarily it's because it's no hassle and this guide is about low hassle. 1.5ml for 1 ltr, so about 7.5ml for 5ltr mixed in a tesco ashbeck bottle and poured into a clean bottling bucket.



Caps sterlising in starsan



Bottle wand sterlised - I suck starsan into it because you can't bend it to fit in the bottle of the bottling bucket.



Bottle rinsing gadget, filled with starsan.



Kit laid out for bottle cleaning. Note the bottle rinsing tree - this is magic. After you've washed a bottle, stick it on there to drain. What could be simpler?



Put bottle on bottle rinsing rig



Push a few times! Repeat for the rest of your bottles. I tend to start the syphoning (see below) whilst I'm washing.



Empty the starsan out of the bottling bucket and assemble your syphon rig. I use this handy red clip to secure the tube to the FV. People tend to put the tip in just at the top and slowly lower it as the liquid goes down. I don't. I just push it to the bottom and get a tiny amount of trub fall into the bottling bucket. The only stage I've not pictured here is weighing out the brewing sugar I use for priming the bottle. I used 4oz for 5 gallons which I mixed with boiling water. I left to cool and added to the bucket before commencing the syphoning.



Don't forget to check your FV gravity before adding the priming sugar.



Next two pics you can clearly see the bottom of the trub rapidly approaching



Can you see where my bottling syphon is?



Gently tip the barrel towards yourself where the syphon is making sure not to get any trub into the bottling barrel.



Now the beer is syphoned, lay out your kit as above - make sure you're comfortable.



I bleed the air out of the racking cane so it's full of liquid.



Add bottle to bottom.





Push gently - you don't want to force the pin all the way in - you'll find a sweet spot between pushed up and pushed all the way up which'll be much faster to fill a bottle.



Go slightly over the point where you want the bottle filled. It varies on each bottle, I tend to get it to stick at the bottom of the neck. When you remove the cane, it'll drop slightly - about 0.5-1cm.



Like this...



Stick a sterlised cap on and use a two handed capper - much easier to use (or so I find)



Apply equal pressure


Capped! Now just repeat. Leave the bottles in the warm for a couple of days then somewhere cool for another couple of weeks.


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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby krazypara3165 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 09:59

Superb guide! we seem to be building up a fantastic library of guides, not bad considering the short time the forum has been online!

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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby graysalchemy » Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:08

Excellent :thumb: :thumb:

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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby calumscott » Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:11

Nice one!

Personally I like to see a smaller headspace though. For me filling right to the rim leaves a perfect headspace once the bottler is withdrawn.
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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby graysalchemy » Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:39

I lso agree fill to the top then pull out bottler and you are left with perfect constant headspace. :thumb:

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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby Springer » Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:47

Yes a good guide for folks Tim. :D
Like you I always use a chair these days makes for amore pleasurable time and have thrown away all my "really dark" bottles, cos they were a pain to fill.
Now that bottle rinser thing, always fancied one, but do they last well?
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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby tommidolcetto » Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:48

Took me a few brews to find that sweetspot but once there things go much more satisfactorily.
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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby EvansTheSteam » Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:48

Good guide, enjoyed reading it, not that I'll be bottling in the foreseeable future!

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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby EvansTheSteam » Mon Apr 14, 2014 13:31

What would we do without you Alistair?? :whistle:

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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby tim_n » Mon Apr 14, 2014 13:57

Cheers - is there a way of linking a how to to both sections though? Could be relevant in either! Yes I know I want the moon on a stick...

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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby graysalchemy » Mon Apr 14, 2014 15:35

It would be better if it was one with wine as obviously corking is different, Another mod may move it back over here thinking it wasn't about wine.

Though in principle it is the same for cider as beer. ;)

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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby tim_n » Mon Apr 14, 2014 15:42

I'll do one for wine in a couple of months

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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby duncs » Mon Apr 14, 2014 15:57

I've found it easier to take the bottle wand to the bottle rather than taking the bottle to the wand. My bottling wand is attached to the tap with a bit of syphon tube so I can line up the bottles on the floor and fill them up without moving them. It saves an extra 15 minutes or so when bottling up.

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Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby kev » Mon Apr 14, 2014 16:02

Reckon a couple of days in the warm is enough? I normally wait a week.

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Re: Odp: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby zgoda » Mon Apr 14, 2014 17:16

Brew Like a Monk says Trappist breweries keep bottled beer 2-3 weeks in warm. I'm doing just that, 2 weeks in warm and at least 2 weeks in cellar.
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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby Thegoldenheap » Mon Apr 14, 2014 19:46

Great guide and thread thanks, could if done with ten days ago!
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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby tim_n » Mon Apr 14, 2014 21:48

Only bottled up yesterday! I'd have bottle bombs otherwise!

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Re: Odp: Pictorial guide to bottling.

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Re: Pictorial guide to bottling.

Postby linf » Sat Apr 19, 2014 20:34

Nice guide,thanks for sharing, :thumb:
I've just sent of for my first lot of Starsan,i'm so over all that rinsing and waiting lark with normal sanitiser.
Hopefully i'll never look back and wish i got some in the first place.
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