Racking & Bottling
Today I bottled my beer. It wasn’t as fun as I thought it would be especially cleaning everything up afterwards, anyway lets get into what I used and how I did it.
First what I used:
- 6.5 gallon bucket with spigot
- Racking Cane - for siphoning without getting sediment
- Tubing - used for bottling and siphoning
- Springless Bottle Filler - used to fill bottles without spilling or having to stop the siphon manually
- Bottle Caps
- Bottle Capper - puts caps on fresh brewed beer
- Bottle Brush - cleans the bottles better and easier
- Priming Sugar - Corn Sugar used to add carbonation from the existing yeast
- 5 Gallons of Feremented Beer - of course you need this before you can bottle
- Sanitize all your bottles (atleast 48 of them), let them air dry while you begin boiling 16 oz of water.
- Stir the boiling water with your priming sugar until the sugar dissolves completely.
- Pour this dissolved sugar water in your sanitized bottling bucket with the spigot closed.
- Place your sanitized racking cane in the fermented beer bucket that has been place on a high surface in order for gravity to do the siphoning.
- Fill your tubing with sanitized water, connect it to the sanitized racking cane and lower the tubing to ground level and the sanitized water along with beer will be come out.
- DO NOT SIPHON THIS IN YOUR BOTTLING BUCKET, let the sanitized water along with a little bit of feremented beer siphon in a cup before you start to siphon in your bottling bucket.
- Siphon out as much liquid as you can from your fermenting bucket while leaving behind as much sediment as possible in your bottling bucket with the dissolved priming sugar.
- You’re now done with your fermenting bucket and want to move your filled bottling bucket to a higher place so you can let gravity fill your bottles.
- Connect your sanitized tube to your spigot that in the OFF position, and then connect your sanitized springless bottle filler to the other end of the tubing.
- To fill your bottle all you have to do is press the bottle filler to the bottom of an empty sanitized bottle, it will automatically fill. You’ll want to leave about 1 1/2 inches of room in the bottle neck.
- Cap the bottle by placing a sanitized cap on the top and using your capper to tightly seal your bottle cap.
- Repeat approximately 47 times.
If you actually are following what I’m doing and look at the above picture you’ll notice I only have 43 beers out. I messed up, I was trying to be a little creative on my last 9 beers. I started boiling some fresh strawberries in 8oz of water and mashing them to attempt to create some strawberry wheat beer. A big strawberry somehow got itself stuck in my bucket’s spigot to the point I had to try using my racking cane again and when I tried to start re-siphoning I lifted my tube up too high, pouring a few oz. of sanitized water in my beer. I could have let it go and drank this, but since this is essentially something very similar to chlorox and water I decided to take the 5 bottle loss.
North Rim Wheat
Thanks everyone who actually reads this. I’ll let you know how it turns out in about 12 days.