Originally Posted by Mycoe
Hi all, I have literally just bottled my first ever cooper home brew lager kit... I have a couple of questions...
1. To get the last 10 or so bottles out I had to tip the 23l meeting barrel, these last bottles seemed to come through with a lot of the sediment/ bits from the bottom, will these still be ok?
2. The cooper instructions now state to keep the bottles at a min of 18 degrees, is there a maximum temp? Could I put them in the airing cupboard??
Thanks in advance guys.
They will be fine with sediment; it will settle out, as will the yeast. Just be careful when you pour these, so as to not disturb the sediment and get it in your glass (it can be bitter and/or make you gassy).
Honestly, you'll do best, bottling wise, if you keep the bottles at about 21 degrees (had to convert this out, should be equivalent to 70 degrees F). 70 degrees F for three weeks is the baseline for typical beers. Cooler temps or higher gravities can take longer.
The minimum temp is to help avoid the yeast going to sleep; if you put freshly bottled beer in the fridge, for instance, it will be extremely slow to carb up (if it ever does).
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