Originally Posted by Tim27
Because I don't have a bottling bucket.
Go to a hardware store and get a translucent or white bucket...but look for one where the 5 gallon mark falls way below the top of the bucket. Usually it will say 5 gallons at 3rd band from the top. (oh get the lid too....I totally regret not getting it when I did.)
Then get a spigot and make a dedicated bottling bucket. It really defeats the purpose of both a long primary/no secondary or a secondary if you have to stir up all the nice sediment you patiently waited to settle just so you can have consistent carbonation.
Mine is the translucent Leaktite brand 5 gallon container with the gallon and liter markings from Homedepot. I think it cost me less than 5 bucks.
Here's a pic of mine from my bottling thread.http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/revvys-tips-bottler-first-time-otherwise-94812/
You will find it is much easier to bottle that way, and you can control the amount of carbonation you want in your batch. It is really difficult to get consistent carbonation across each bottle trying to measure out sugar for each bottle the way you are doing it.
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