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Old 11-05-2010, 01:55 PM   #1
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Default Fermenting in bottling bucket... To rack or not to rack?

I am brewing my first batch with my own setup (I have been brewing with a friend), and currently I only have a 7gal bottling bucket and a 5 gal glass carboy. The bottling spigot didn't have any leaks, so I am currently brewing an AHS Belgian White in my bottling bucket. I am hoping to bottle with my brother when he comes in to town for Thanksgiving, which will give this beer about 3 1/2 weeks in primary. I was thinking that I would need to rack to the carboy, clean the bottling bucket, put the priming sugar solution in the bucket and rack back to the bucket before I bottle. If this is what I should so, when should I do each step and how much time should I leave between each?

OR, is there a way to bottle straight from the bottling bucket? Will the trub likely come up the spigot? If not, how do I add the priming sugar and mix it evenly without disturbing the trub?

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Old 11-05-2010, 02:06 PM   #2
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You'll need to transfer to another vessel and clean your bottling bucket. Just mixing the priming sugar will stir up a ton of sediment into your beer. When I first got started, I did the same thing. I just racked to another carboy/bucket for as long as it took me to clean the bottling bucket and boil some priming sugar. Then I transferred back. No need to wait in between steps.

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If you just add the sugar, you will stir up the trub. Just let it resettle for a while.

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Thanks, this is what I was guessing I would need to do, but I was thinking I might need to leave a few days between rackings. I was hoping I would be able to both bottle on Thanksgiving and give the beer 3+ weeks on the yeast cake.

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Transferring will also give me a chance to thoroughly resantize the spigot.

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If you just add the sugar, you will stir up the trub. Just let it resettle for a while.
And the chances of that sugar partially fermenting out and causing you to lose some of your carbonation would be much higher.
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I was going to use my bottling bucket as a primary. I went to a beer class at my LHBS and decided that the bottling bucket was good for bottling (I also use it as a sanitation bucket) An extra bucket from my local store is only $13.00, I bought a bucket without a spigot for a primary. After moving my brew to the secondary (I have a better bottle carboy), I cleaned up the primary and plan to use that as a sanitation bucket during bottling and may just get a third bucket for use as a sanitation bucket.

I am not letting the lack of a $13.00 bucket allow me to ruin a $41.00 beer kit.

I know money is tight for any people, and when first starting up you do put out a fair amount of cash. I just got the basic kit and stuff I needed to brew, I am adding stuff as needed (example, last night I moved to the secondary so I went out and bought the auto siphon).

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You could also use Coopers or Munton's carb tabs in the bottles, or sugar cubes. Then you'd just bottle straight from the spigot.

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And the chances of that sugar partially fermenting out and causing you to lose some of your carbonation would be much higher.
You don't need to let it sit for a long time, maybe about an hour or so. I don't think that would be long enough to lose a significant amount of fermentability. When I started, I used Mr. Beer, and that's how I batch primed. The carbonation seemed fine.
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I was going to use my bottling bucket as a primary. I went to a beer class at my LHBS and decided that the bottling bucket was good for bottling (I also use it as a sanitation bucket) An extra bucket from my local store is only $13.00, I bought a bucket without a spigot for a primary. After moving my brew to the secondary (I have a better bottle carboy), I cleaned up the primary and plan to use that as a sanitation bucket during bottling and may just get a third bucket for use as a sanitation bucket.

I am not letting the lack of a $13.00 bucket allow me to ruin a $41.00 beer kit.

I know money is tight for any people, and when first starting up you do put out a fair amount of cash. I just got the basic kit and stuff I needed to brew, I am adding stuff as needed (example, last night I moved to the secondary so I went out and bought the auto siphon).
Good thoughts, $41 is an EXPENSIVE brew by the way. Do you have a LHBS?

I have enough for 6 good brews for $120 or so.
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