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Old 12-18-2012, 05:01 AM   #1
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Default first batch bottled!!!

woohoo finally made it to bottling day and boy was it tiresome to clean old bottles (going to just buy new bottles for my next batch lol)

boiled priming sugar according to instructions and dumped it in then started bottling

gave it a taste as well and delicious, but a it seemed flat, i'm assuming its b/c when i tasted it there was no carbonation yet.

anyway; bottles are filled up and got my next kit ready to brew sometime this week, NB's Bavarian Hefeweizen! can't wait!!

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Old 12-18-2012, 05:04 AM   #3
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Congratulations! Now's the hard part; waiting! Let us know how it turns out!

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How did you clean the bottles? I like to let them soak overnight in PBW (this especially helps getting labels to fall off) if they're recycled commercial bottles.

When you say you dumped the priming sugar in... did you dump it into the fermenter or a bottling bucket? And yes it's flat because carbonation takes weeks to occur (from the yeast in the bottle eating the priming sugar).

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Rock on! Im far from a pro yet but good to hear you got another in line, it always helps the waiting from driving you nuts. As far as bottles, fyi I use the swing top bottles, no buying caps and theyre a pint instead of 12oz. Love em

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How did you clean the bottles? I like to let them soak overnight in PBW (this especially helps getting labels to fall off) if they're recycled commercial bottles.

When you say you dumped the priming sugar in... did you dump it into the fermenter or a bottling bucket? And yes it's flat because carbonation takes weeks to occur (from the yeast in the bottle eating the priming sugar).

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i soaked them in dishsoap water to get the initial crap off and to peel most of the labels off... i'll tell you, Sierra Nevada's labels are a PITA! then dunked the bottles in Star San solution b4 bottling. couldn't use some of my bottles b/c there was a bit of mold at the bottom and i even tried to use my bottle brush to get them out but no luck.

and i dumped the priming sugar/water solution in my bottling bucket w/ spout.

im thinking of getting the pint bottles and yea probably the ones w/ the cork tops, im assuming that is what you mean by the swing tops?
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just rinse your bottles with water a few times after drinking them, and it will be much easier to clean next time.
and he meant this bottles

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Those are the style of bottles I meant indeed (got brown glass though). Quick tip if you run into a stuck piece of sediment you cant get with your brush. Toss some rice in the bottle and half fill with water and shake it pretty good, should help out a lot

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Those are the style of bottles I meant indeed (got brown glass though). Quick tip if you run into a stuck piece of sediment you cant get with your brush. Toss some rice in the bottle and half fill with water and shake it pretty good, should help out a lot
o nice never would have thought of that. thanks
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I think that new bottles are a good investment. It can be a real chore cleaning up old bottles and you can never be sure you got all the crud out. I've only had two bottles explode on me (well contained so the glass didn't go flying) and since all the others of that batch were carbonated properly I'm blaming it on some crud left in the bottles that lead to an infection. Since the bottles can be reused indefinitely if cared for they end up being a really cheap part of the hobby. Once you have enough for your rotation, you don't have to buy again.

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