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Old 10-18-2012, 09:14 AM   #1
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Hi, my first brew is ready to bottle but I could only get hold of 1500ml wine bottles for now, the instructions say when bottling I should add 1 rounded teaspoon of sugar or malt for 750ml bottles, so does that mean I add 2 teaspoons for 1500ml?

hopefully I can get some smaller bottles for the next brew.

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Old 10-18-2012, 09:40 AM   #2
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Are you sure they'll hold up to being pressurised from the carbonation?? How are you going to cap/seal them? You might be better getting hold of PET soda/carbonated beverage bottles to use this time.

Plain sugar ferments out/attenuates 100% and I think DME/spray malt is something like 75%. So you'd need about 1 & a 1/4tsp of DME to equal 1 tsp sugar. It'd be easier to do batch priming. For a five gallon brew I tend to use 5 Oz sugar, which, I think, would equate to about 6.25 Oz spray malt, mixed with 2 cups of boiled water, allow to cool, add to bottling bucket and rack the brew on top of the priming solution.

Here's a link to the Northern Brewer priming calculator;

http://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator/

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Old 10-18-2012, 10:04 AM   #3
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I'm not sure if they will hold the pressure they are just normal wine bottles with screw on lid, I think they should be fine but this is my first attempt at brewing and bottles are to expensive in the UK. My local pub is saving me some proper beer bottles for the next batch.

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Old 10-18-2012, 12:05 PM   #4
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I don't think screw on caps on glass bottles will hold the carbonation. You'll brew better off letting your beer in the primary for another week until you can get the real bottles you need. Or go get a case of beer and some friends to help you empty it, to speed the process along.

How much are bottles there? They are like 14 a case here, which i think is a rip off, considering you can get a case of full bottles for 20

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Old 10-18-2012, 12:06 PM   #5
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Do NOT use wine bottles! They are not designed to hold pressure and will blow up. Not maybe, they WILL, unless they are champagne bottles.

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Old 10-18-2012, 12:31 PM   #6
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Oh best wait then

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Old 10-20-2012, 06:04 PM   #7
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I got 50 1 pint bottles from the pub how much malt should I add to these?

By the way malt on cornflakes is really nice.

Matt3989 500ml bottles are about £16 for 24 thats about $25 I think.

Also if the bottles explode do they really explode with glass flying across the room?

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Yes. Sometimes that will happen, glass will fly all over the room along with beer, which makes a nice, sticky mess. Sometimes just the cap pops off and creates an equally sticky mess.

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I got 50 1 pint bottles from the pub how much malt should I add to these?

By the way malt on cornflakes is really nice.

Matt3989 500ml bottles are about £16 for 24 thats about $25 I think.

Also if the bottles explode do they really explode with glass flying across the room?
If you can swing it, I'd recommend doing batch priming rather than adding sugar to each bottle. It's much easier in every way. Just bring about 3 cups of water to a boil and add the quantity of sugar or malt that you need. Boil it gently for 10-15 minutes and you should have 1.5-2 cups of liquid left (based on my experience, it probably varies). Let it cool a bit and pour it into your bottling bucket and rack on top of that, then bottle. (Some people like to stir gently, but I've had good luck just racking on.)

This site has a good calculator: http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html It will give you quantities (by weight) for corn sugar (dextrose), table sugar (sucrose), and a few varieties of DME.

If you want to go by the seat of your pants, Papazian suggests (IIRC) about 1C of DME for a 5 gallon batch. But that's pretty imprecise in many ways.
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Be careful about accepting recommendations from this site (or the linked calculators) for priming sugar calculations. Your teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, pints and gallons are different to the American equivalents, but grams and ounces (but not fluid ounces) are the same.
Also, the linked calculators give unacceptably low levels of carbonation for bottled beers for English beers.
i.e. If you are bottling an English Bitter, you will want about 2.5 volumes CO2, not the 0.75 - 1.5 volumes suggested by the calculators.

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