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Old 12-28-2012, 08:07 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I just put my first ever batch of brew into my combination fermentation / bottling bucket (I have the True Brew K6 kit). The ingredient kit I purchased suggests that when it comes time to bottle I should slowly pour priming sugar into my second vessel with the beer. In my case there is no second vessel. I've read to boil the sugar in water and just dump it in but is there a technique involved (stir, don't stir, let cool, etc...)?

Also, the brew shop I went to told me to leave the wort/beer in the fermenter for a week longer than the instructions suggest and that the result would be a "cleaner" beer. Any thoughts on this?

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You may want to get a bottling bucket. Just pouring the sugar/water in the fermenter means stirring up all the trub on the bottom and then having that crud in your bottles.

I'd rack to a bottling bucket, and leave all that trub behind and just siphon off the nice clear beer.

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No way around a second bottling bucket? What happens if I stir in the sugar and give it an hour or so to settle before bottling?

Thanks for the help!

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No way around a second bottling bucket? What happens if I stir in the sugar and give it an hour or so to settle before bottling?

Thanks for the help!
the yeast will eat all your priming sugar. Get a bottling bucket its not worth tossing your batch because it sucks to bad to drink.

BTW there are several in here that you just take their advice and do it, then learn why later.

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^ I would second the above.

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btw there are several in here that you just take their advice and do it, then learn why later.

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you can always bottle prime, i use a teaspoon of table sugar for a 0,5L bottle, and 1/2 teaspoon (with a little extra) for the 0,33L

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Only option you could maybe try aside from investing in a bottling bucket is buying brewers best conditioning tabs, adding them to the bottle then filling them up, but they're expensive as they cost 5.50 on Northern Brewer for 250 tabs and you'll need 144-240 (depending on style of beer and other things) tabs for a 48 bottle batch. A bottling bucket is like 20 bucks tops. And priming sugar is 1.25 a pop. Assuming you use the minimum amount of conditioning tabs, in about 10 brews you'll make your money back on a bottling bucket. If you have to use the maximum it's about 5.

For safety's sake I'd recommend a bottling bucket, they're pretty cheap, and they're awesome. Bottling bucket, bottling wand, and auto-siphon are all awesome tools you should use.

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^^^ What he said

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It seems unanimous. True Brew's K6 kit is not only imperfect due to the too large, 6 gallon wine carboy (or so I'm told), but also for an inadequate supply of buckets and siphoning equipment. This is all good stuff for the blog though. Thanks to all for your help!!

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