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Old 02-17-2011, 06:51 PM   #1
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I'm preparing to make a batch of Apfelwein and I've got a question about bottling. I'm planning on bottling after 3 months. I have the fermenting equipment, but I don't have any of the bottling equipment. I really don't want to have to buy a kit with the fermenting equipment, so could anyone make a list of the items that I would need for bottling, besides a bottling bucket and bottles. Thanks in advance!



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Old 02-17-2011, 06:53 PM   #2
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Tubing, caps and a capper or corks, cages and corker if your going that route.



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Besides what 2 dogs said above also a bottling wand.

You can look through the info and pics in My bottling tips thread to get an idea of what you'll need.

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Depends on the type of bottles you'll be using... If you go with Grolsch style, then you're almost done... If you go with Belgian style, you'll need/want a corker (floor corker being preferred), corks and cages (and the cage wire winding tool)... Otherwise, get a capper (wing or bench-top) for capping the bottles.

The only other thing I can think of that you'll need, besides a bottling wand (spring loaded tip) would be a good scale. Measure your priming sugar by weight, not volume. If you already have an auto-siphon, then you're set in that department... You should have everything else you'll need to bottle brew...

Personally, I skipped the capper when I got my first HB kit... Started with Grolsch bottles from brew 1, and haven't looked back. I am also starting to use the Belgian bottles, for my bigger beers. Big as in BarleyWine, Old Ale, maybe even the Strong Scotch Ale that was started on Sunday...

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I probably going to use the Grolsch bottles to save hassle and re use the caps. Should I buy the bottles put together or can I just attach those flipper caps to any beer bottles?

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Read through the link that Revvy provided!! I did and my first bottling experience was fun and very easy. The bottling wand attached to my spigot with a dip tube in the bucket worked like a charm. I had about a half a bottle left and drank it!

I am now at day 11 since I bottled and just got through looking at one of my bottles. Clearing up more and more each day.

Bottling does not have to be hard.

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I probably going to use the Grolsch bottles to save hassle and re use the caps. Should I buy the bottles put together or can I just attach those flipper caps to any beer bottles?
The 'flipper' caps you mention normally need small dimples int he neck of the bottles to hold the wire bits in place.

Depending on how much you're paying per bottle, though, you may be served buying the actual Grolsch (if you like it) and drinking it and keeping the bottles. The one caveat is, as they are green bottles, you'll really have to keep them out of the light... But if it's for Apfelwein, it won't matter.
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Thanks Rusty, glad my thread helped.

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The 'flipper' caps you mention normally need small dimples int he neck of the bottles to hold the wire bits in place.

Depending on how much you're getting per bottle, though, you may be served buying the actual Grolsch (if you like it) and drinking it and keeping the bottles. The one caveat is, as they are green bottles, you'll really have to keep them out of the light... But if it's for Apfelwein, it won't matter.
Thanks! I guess I'm off to buy Grolsch!
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Thanks! I guess I'm off to buy Grolsch!
I have a bunch of Grolsch bottles I collected that way that I use exclusively for carb'ed apfelwein. I had a choice between paying 3.95 per bottle, empty, at the local LHBS, ot paying 12.95$ for a pack of 4 beers.

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