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Old 01-29-2011, 06:30 PM   #1
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Default Just bottled my first brew, now some questions

I bottled it up today and i have a few questions. i wanted to make sure my sediment looked right (pic 1).
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Also my beer is still pretty cloudy but it has been the primary for 2 weeks.
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I also noticed that the beer already has foam in it. Is this carbonation? I just want to make sure i dont have any bottle bombs
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:54 PM   #2
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First picture is fine

Second picture is fine

Third picture is fine

Though make sure to keep those clear bottles out of direct light. You should use amber bottles when available.
You made beer!

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Old 01-29-2011, 07:05 PM   #3
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i agree with chaydaw on the pictures. and i particularly agree on the brown vs clear bottles. like they already said, the keep is that the beer isn't exposed to direct light, so keep them covered up with a towel or something. the brown bottles help to absorb the UV rays. so regardless of the color, keep them out of the light as much as possible.

as for bottle bombs, you shouldn't have any problems provided your beer was done fermenting before bottling. the only way to know for sure is checking the specific gravity (SG) and making sure that it hasn't changed. this then means that all of your fermentable sugars have been used up by the yeasties.

then before bottling, you add a priming sugar (this is a relatively small amount of sugar in comparison to the amount that your malts and other ingredients added when creating the wort). the yeast will convert this to alcohol and CO2, but since it is such a small amount the change in alcohol content will be negligible and will create only a small amount of CO2 which is enough to carbonate your beer.

so, short answer to your question, if you used the proper amount of priming sugar and your beer was done fermenting, you should be ok.

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Old 01-29-2011, 08:40 PM   #4
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Yeah I did all that stuff right, and I only used a couple clear bottles so I could see how cloudy the beer was, and I know it was done fermenting. I was just wondering why there are already bubbles in the beer right after I bottled it.

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Old 01-29-2011, 09:44 PM   #5
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If you bottle too fast or violently you can aerate the beer a little causing a small amount of foam. It should subside after a little while. Make sure when you bottle you put the bottling wand or tube all the way to the bottom of the bottle and start slowly so you don't aerate it. Aeration can lead to oxidation and off flavors.

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