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Old 02-26-2009, 05:01 AM   #101
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Excellent Thread Revvy!

Thanks to all the information here I was able to bottle my first batch of home brew without a hitch. Went smoothly and had fun doing it, too. Very excited about getting it into the bottles...I used a sharpy and wrote the initials of the type of beer it is HW and the date I brewed it and the date I bottled it. On the 7th of March it will be 3 weeks in the bottle...As Tom Petty would say "The waiting is the hardest part"....



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Old 02-26-2009, 12:41 PM   #102
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Is that a DIY bottle tree you have there. ^ The trunk looks like a piece of 1 1/2" or so PVC.May I ask what you used for the branches and how you attached it to the legs?

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Is that a DIY bottle tree you have there. ^ The trunk looks like a piece of 1 1/2" or so PVC.May I ask what you used for the branches and how you did the legs?
+1 that is a pretty massively cool Diy bottle tree!

knightshift, if you got pics and a parts list for the build, it would be cool if you added it to this here thread. I think a lot of people on here would find in valuable.

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+1 that is a pretty massively cool Diy bottle tree!

knightshift, if you got pics and a parts list for the build, it would be cool if you added it to this here thread. I think a lot of people on here would find in valuable.

He posted it over in DIY already:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/diy-...w-pics-105614/
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Cool!! Thanks for posting the link in here! This thread gets a huge amount of traffic, so that will get people to look at his plans!
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I really like the dip tube idea, as tipping the bucket at the end gets tiresome.

The only tip I think I can add is for people who may not want to buy/get/build a bottle tree.

I fill the kitchen sink with sanitizer, and fill it with bottles. Then, as we are dumping the bottles, we shake them a bit to make sure the whole inside gets splashed with sanitizer. Then, I simply put the bottles on the "pins" of a dishwasher rack that has been thoroughly soaked in sanitizer. (Unfortunately, my new house doesn't have a dishwasher, but I got the racks from an appliance repair place-the racks came out of old dishwashers that were going to be junked.)

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Is that a DIY bottle tree you have there. ^ The trunk looks like a piece of 1 1/2" or so PVC.May I ask what you used for the branches and how you attached it to the legs?
I posted this in the DIY thread..hope this link works:


http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/diy-...4/#post1159958
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I posted this in the DIY thread..hope this link works:


http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/diy-...4/#post1159958
Works great!!!! Thanks

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Default i didn't stir the priming sugar solution. Problem?

I just bottled my first batch ever yesterday, and i realize now I may have messed up by not mixing the priming sugar in with the brew very well. I poured it into the bottling bucket first, then siphoned in the beer on top. After that I did not mix any further. I am sure the siphoning would have mixed it up to some extent, but I am afraid that the second half went right on top and didn't get mixed well enough... Am I going to have carbonation problems, exploding bottles, etc?

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I just bottled my first batch ever yesterday, and i realize now I may have messed up by not mixing the priming sugar in with the brew very well. I poured it into the bottling bucket first, then siphoned in the beer on top. After that I did not mix any further. I am sure the siphoning would have mixed it up to some extent, but I am afraid that the second half went right on top and didn't get mixed well enough... Am I going to have carbonation problems, exploding bottles, etc?

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I do this quite often actually. Some of my bottles come out creamier with less carb, some of them come out like champagne. Adds variety to a batch and if it's my first time making it, helps me to gauge the level of carbonation i prefer in it.

But for the most part i just stir it gently with my sanitized spoon after siphoning.
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