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Old 01-22-2009, 02:21 PM   #1
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So I'm amidst the experience of my first batch of homebrew. It is an English Pale Ale. So far so good. Two nights ago I set up my bottling rig and did a practice run (with water instead of beer). Last night I loaded up my dishwasher and ran my bottles through 2 santizing + high heat cycles. Tonight, I'll be moving everything to bottles and the anticipation is killing me.

Wish me luck!

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Old 01-22-2009, 02:24 PM   #2
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Don't sweat it, you will do fine. Remember, you aren't birthing a new baby, just bottling beer. No lives in the balance, so to speak...... You will be OK. Good luck.

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Yeah, I'm not TOO worried. The practice run went extremely smooth, so I expect the same tonight.

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measure your priming sugar carefully....

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I feel you buddy!! I have my first brew in bottles sittin in my closet. I have 2 weeks left till drink day and I'm extremely anxious to see how I did. Good Luck!!

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Old 01-22-2009, 02:43 PM   #6
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"measure your priming sugar carefully...."

Would you mind expanding on this? I am working with a pre-measured kit, so I planned on using whatever amount of sugar was included in it. Is there a beer to prime ratio I need to be wary of?

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Old 01-22-2009, 03:02 PM   #7
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don't even think about opening one of those beers for 3 weeks. The wait will be worth it.

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Good luck, and smart thinking doing a wet run before hand...

And if you haven't already read some of the tips that me and a few other people put in my bottling tips thread...http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/revv...herwise-94812/

You may find an idea or two to make in uber comfortable or effortless...



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I bottled for the first time ever nine days ago. I read and reread Revvy's and other related threads here, and then practiced with water first as you have done (excellent idea!). Everything went smoothly and I actually found the process enjoyable. I used the packet of sugar that came with my kit with nary a thought as to measuring it.

Last night I popped one open. I know I ought to wait three weeks for best taste or whatever, but I really want to know first hand what it's like at bottling time, then at one week, two weeks, etc. (that's my story and I'm stickin' to it). This one opened with a nice little pffffft! and produced a head in the glass readily. It tasted okay but not spectacular, but at any rate was probably the most satisfying beer I can remember because of its origin. I understand it really isn't fully carbonated at this point, but wouldn't have known if not told.

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"measure your priming sugar carefully...."

Would you mind expanding on this? I am working with a pre-measured kit, so I planned on using whatever amount of sugar was included in it. Is there a beer to prime ratio I need to be wary of?
in my case the bag of corn sugar wasnt labeled well enough for me to understand what to do so i took out a dry measure cup and filled it up not knowing that i needed to really pack it down to get the right amount. that stuff is real fluffy and i used about 50% of what i should have. not to mention my final amount was more like 4.5gal so i was going to use slightly less than the 5oz. anyway.....just a note of caution.
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