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grace1760 06-14-2008 02:03 AM

Bottling Setup/Equipment question
 
I'm preparing for my maiden brew. I have a plastic 6.5g fermenting bucket that I'm going to use for primary, and a 5g glass carboy that will serve as secondary/conditioning. My question is related to bottling: do I need a third bucket with a spigot to bottle? If the answer is "no" (as I'm hoping), what's the best way to prime the fermented beer in the carboy?

1) add the corn sugar/water mixture to the carboy and swirl it around (being as careful as possible not to stir up the sediment or oxidize the beer.
2) rack to the cleaned/sterilized primary bucket, add the sugar and then bottle from there.
3) other?

Thanks,
Grace:fro:

Hoosierbrewer 06-14-2008 02:41 AM

Welcome. A bottling bucket will definitely help. I cannot imagine trying to prime a carboy and then siphon to the bottles. You can do it either way you describe, but it will be difficult. bottle fillers include in most kits themselves can be tempermental and leak beer. If you do the second one, boil water, add priming sugar to dissolve, cool, add to primary and then rack beer on top of it.

What equipment will you use to bottle?

grace1760 06-14-2008 02:49 AM

Thanks Hoosierbrewer. I will use a siphon and bottlefiller, I've never used it before but it has a valvle at the bottom to control flow. I think I'll go back to the primary, to try to ensure good swirling of the sugar. It just seems like it opens the beer up to infection or oxidation (is infection a concern at this point?).

Hoosierbrewer 06-14-2008 02:53 AM

Always santize. When I bottled, I put the beer on top of the dissolved priming sugar. It mixed well. You could gently swirl some. A bottling bucket is cheap. If you are near Warrenville, I know the shop there usually has them.


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