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Old 11-15-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default First bottling tonight - any last minute advice/tips

Schedule change means that I'm going to bottle my first brew tonight.

I've read through Revvy's bottling sticky and a couple of books/instructions, I just wondered whether there were any "why didn't someone tell me...." comments or tips to make life easier or the beer better.

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Old 11-15-2011, 05:33 PM   #2
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Just that you probably don't HAVE to bottle tonight.. It can be put off for a week or more in many/most cases. In fact, it might be helpful for cleanup of the beer.

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Watch my bottling video in my profile. I give some tips & show how to do it sitting down with everything in arm's reach.
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When I bottle, I set the bottling bucket on the counter over the dish washer with the door open, so any drips I don't have to worry about. I just close and the next wash cleans it up.

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You mean besides an ENTIRE STICKY of bottling tips?

No....

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When I bottle, I set the bottling bucket on the counter over the dish washer with the door open, so any drips I don't have to worry about. I just close and the next wash cleans it up.
Same here.
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Most people don't ( and I cannot figure out why) purchase the vinator bottle rinser. It's 20 bucks tops and saves so much time effort and sanitizer that the device is easily worth double.

I thought bottling was pretty much ok, so much so that I had to be convinced to keg, and I guarantee it's because of the vinator. I can't imagine dunking and then watching 50 bottles glug glug out sanitizer. Either way though, revvy's thread is largely exactly what I did and it worked great.

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Thanks all.

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Just that you probably don't HAVE to bottle tonight.. It can be put off for a week or more in many/most cases. In fact, it might be helpful for cleanup of the beer.
Unfortunately not an option. Leave the country on Saturday morning for three weeks. Although it does mean I won't be tempted to open the bottles too early!

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Watch my bottling video in my profile. I give some tips & show how to do it sitting down with everything in arm's reach.
Thanks. Always helps to see what you've read in action.

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You mean besides an ENTIRE STICKY of bottling tips?
That was the one I meant in my first post. I was hoping for "I knew what I was doing but the easiest thing to forget is...." type posts. Or anything so obvious that no one ever writes it down but that is often forgotten.

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When I bottle, I set the bottling bucket on the counter over the dish washer with the door open, so any drips I don't have to worry about. I just close and the next wash cleans it up.
That's the plan. I think I picked it up from Revvy's sticky.
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...I've read through Revvy's bottling sticky and a couple of books/instructions, I just wondered whether there were any "why didn't someone tell me...." comments or tips to make life easier or the beer better.
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You mean besides an ENTIRE STICKY of bottling tips?

No....
Um...me thinks perhaps he's already been there....

Bottle away and enjoy the process. Boredom will most likely be your biggest bane.
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Try to get a flow going. I actually enjoy doing it and find it to be kinda Zen to just go through the motions of bottling a whole batch. I'm one of those people that doesn't understand why everybody knocks on bottling so hard.

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