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Old 02-15-2008, 09:40 PM   #1
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hey guys,
i am going to bottle tomorrow and have a question. 3/4 cups of corn sugar + 2 cups of water (as per my instructions), boil then let cool. i then add that to the bottling bucket and siphon my beer on top. how long do i wait to bottle? like do i start as soon as the beer is done siphoning? also, do i mix the beer slightly once its done siphoning??

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Old 02-15-2008, 09:52 PM   #2
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I gently stir during and after the transfer and a few times during bottling, with a long handle sanitized sstl spoon. I used to get batches where some bottles were not fully carbonated. The stirring cured that.

And to answer your first question: "Yes" you can begin bottling right away.

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Old 02-15-2008, 10:12 PM   #3
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You should bottle right away. Risk infections otherwise

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Old 02-18-2008, 01:18 AM   #4
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followup question

i used the bottling bucket that came with my kit. it has a spigot on it. I used it to fill up the bottles, but noticed that there was a good amount of foam at the top of the beer. this could have been from the star san but didnt know. This could have introduced Oxygen i thought. For next time, should i have not used the spigot, and instead used the wand and siphon?

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Old 02-18-2008, 01:29 AM   #5
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Your tubing and bottling wand should fit right into the spigot. You sanitize that, and slide them in. The bottling wand is a nifty thing- it's spring loaded, so it fills when you press, stops when you lift. You definitely don't want to bottle by turning the spigot on and off- as you noticed, you'll get alot of splashing and oxidize your beer.

I hook up some tubing and the bottling wand, and fill the bottles all lined up on the dishwasher door. Open the spigot to the locked open position, and when you press the wand into the bottle, the bottle will fill. When you lift the wand, and it stops filling, you'll have the perfect amount of headspace. There is a full chapter on this in howtobrew.com that even has pictures to go along with it. (http://howtobrew.com/section1/chapter11-6.html)

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Old 02-18-2008, 01:45 AM   #6
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ok, noob question then.

is the beer i just bottled ruined then? what could happen?

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Old 02-18-2008, 01:52 AM   #7
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ok, noob question then.

is the beer i just bottled ruined then? what could happen?
Why would it be ruined?
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Should be okay. Only thing to do now is to wait and see. But i won't be too concerned about it.

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Why would it be ruined?
cause i aerated it when bottling
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cause i aerated it when bottling
You Will BE fine, Some people on here are pretty anal about aerating it, But I splash the hell out of mine and never have any problems with it, I think you will be fine.
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