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jaymack 01-25-2006 03:37 PM

Bottle Conditioning
 
Howdy,

I'm curious to try, but nervous too, doing a bottle conditioned brew. Are there types of Ales and/or Lagers that are better for doing this, or will benefit... brews that shouldn't be?

Cheers,
J

DAAB 01-25-2006 03:51 PM

It depend on your taste but my rule of thumb is to bottle lagers and barrel ales, with the exception, if I want to see what a beer would taste like if I kept it for over 6 months, I will bottle that.
Bottling produces a very fizzy beer, often equal to cola type drinks which I think is a bit much for any ale.

david_42 01-25-2006 03:53 PM

Bottle conditioning means there is live yeast in the bottle. Commercial operations either filter out the yeast or kill it with heat or chemicals. As a homebrewer, it is just about impossible to not have live yeast in the brew, so you are already bottle conditioning.

Wasn't that easy!

Seriously, were you planning on trying a different yeast or priming agents?

cgravier 01-25-2006 04:38 PM

beer bottle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jaymack
Howdy,

I'm curious to try, but nervous too, doing a bottle conditioned brew. Are there types of Ales and/or Lagers that are better for doing this, or will benefit... brews that shouldn't be?

Cheers,
J

i think ales benefit the most from bottle conditioning. whats happening is really a second fermentation that not only traps c02 but also some desirable yeast by-products that end up in the finished product. its the closest thing to 'real ale' or cask conditioned ale like all beer used to be.
and you can give it away!

Passload 01-25-2006 10:21 PM

And all that yeast has vitamin b complex to help combat hangovers.

anthrobe 01-25-2006 10:42 PM

There is still a few breweries that bottle condition. I was just drinking a bridgeport IPA the other day. It stated on the bottle that they prime with yeast on malt to carb the beer. There was a nice ring in the bottom of the bottle of yeasties......yummm:D

oxford brewer 01-25-2006 10:49 PM

There are a large amount of 'live' beers(sediment in the bottle) in the UK,and when i next brew i am going to invite a few family members and friends to help me drink a crate or two of Youngs Champion Ale(lots of sediment...hopefully lots of yeast)...cultivate and see what happens!!!!!

Colin

El Pistolero 01-25-2006 10:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jaymack
I'm curious to try, but nervous too, doing a bottle conditioned brew. Are there types of Ales and/or Lagers that are better for doing this, or will benefit... brews that shouldn't be?

Well I don't keg, so as far as I'm concerned any ale or lager is good for bottle conditioning.

homebrewer_99 01-26-2006 02:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Passload
And all that yeast has vitamin b complex to help combat hangovers.

What's a hangover?:drunk: Never had a hangover with homebrew!

wild 01-26-2006 07:08 AM

Bottle conditioning is excellent for big beers. This allows you to age them without using up alot of your resources like kegs or large dark spaces to hold them.

Wild


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