Looking to learn how to bottle beer? Well do I have good news for you... I know how and have nothing better to do then sit here and write about it!
Last night I bottled my hefeweizen and oatmeal stout, and took a bunch of pictures in the process. Its a fairly simple procedure, but can be messy, especially if you try doing it yourself. Its also important to remember that after your beer is done fermenting, you want to expose it to oxygen as little as possible. Oxygenating beer after it has fermented can lead to off flavors (AKA shitty tasting beer), so you want to make sure everything is in order before you crack open your jug.
So the first things first! Here is a list of stuff you will need to bottle.
1.Auto-siphon and plastic tubing. Don't get a regular racking cane, they suck. Auto-siphons cost a few bucks more, but are certainly worth the cost. I used a racking cane for my first two brews and I almost gave up completely trying to get it to work consistently.
|Auto-siphon with tubing attached|
A word about twist-offs... everywhere that I have read, people say that twist-off bottles don't work. I can tell you from experience that BLUE MOON TWIST OFFS DO INDEED WORK! I have never tried other types of twist-offs, but I know for sure that Blue Moon bottles do the job just fine.
Aight, you have all the crap you need, time to bottle it!
STEP 1- SANITIZE YOUR SHIT! Your workspace, pots and pans, tools, bottles... everything!
|Adding some water to muh sugar.|
|GET YER BOIL ON|
Attach one side of the tube to your auto-siphon, and put the other side in the sugar water. Then put the siphon halfway down into the bottle and give it a couple of pumps.
|Bottles waiting to receive the beer...|
Anyway, just stick the end of tube into the bottle, and siphon like before.