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Old 06-09-2011, 12:40 AM   #1
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Default Red ale in the bottle, now I wait...

I just bottled my first brew yesterday, 2 cases of Brewers Best Red Ale. Things seem to be going well thus so far. A little under a week in primary and two full weeks in secondary. FG was around 1.015 and it tasted pretty good, very smooth and citrusy. I sanitized my pre-washed bottles in the dishwasher and filled the bottles right on the open door of the dishwasher, nice neat process. The only thing I'm a little concerned about is that I managed slosh some beer around with the siphon when mixing with the priming sugar, plus things seemed a bit turbid when I filled the bottles with the wand. From what I've heard and read the end of the world is not at hand, everyone tends to be a bit paranoid about oxygenation and/or infection, which I can understand. At any rate, I'm putting my worries aside and patiently awaiting to sample my first bottle. Can I wait two weeks? Probably not.

I brew my next batch of American Amber Ale on Friday. I'm going to be adding Irish Moss during the boil and give it 3 full weeks in primary then straight to the bottles. I'll see if this improves my clarity.


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I believe it is going to be fine, plus you'll be so happy drinking your first glass of home brew that you won't even care.


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No worries the idea is to minimize oxiidation by a gentle racking/botteling process. I used a filter over my autosiphon on a irish blonde and it bubbled the crap out of it on the way to the botteling bucket,Ive been drinking them sporaticly for a few months and not getting any ill-effects.Drink them while they are good. A tiny bit of sloshing wont do anything.
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Doesn't sound like you did anything catastrophic. Just to clarify...you didn't use detergent in the dishwasher.

Best of luck on your next brew. Irish Moss is a great adjunct for clarifying, but you can't go wrong with a good secondary. Enjoy your ale when it comes of age.
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Thanks for the support and input.

Nope, no detergent in the dishwasher. They were pre-cleansed before I ran them through a cycle with just hot water and a hot dry. Bottles were still a bit warm when I took them out to fill.

To wash and de-label my bottles I use Trader Joe's Dishwasher Detergent. No chlorine or phosphates, which aren't needed for general cleansing. It contains sodium carbonate and citric acid, which are great label and glue removers. I give the bottles a good soak in the hot solution in a bucket for less than an hour. The labels slide right off and the glue wipes right off as well. I then give the insides a good brushing, dump, rinse and blast out the insides with a bottle jet before drying. No need for a bottle tree, a clean dishwasher rack works great for drying. On bottling day I give the insides one more good blast on the jet washer and throw them in the dishwasher for the final sanitizing.

That's my bottle washing process.
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That's how i clean my bottles too...you're fine.

Give us an update when the beer is ready.
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Thanks, we'll see how long I can wait. now back to brewing...
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Is bottle conditioning likely to aid in clarification? I had a fair amount of settling occur in primary and secondary, but things were still a little soupy in the sample. Maybe I shouldn't worry about clarity in my first batch so much, time to get stuff together for tomorrows batch.
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Is bottle conditioning likely to aid in clarification? I had a fair amount of settling occur in primary and secondary, but things were still a little soupy in the sample. Maybe I shouldn't worry about clarity in my first batch so much, time to get stuff together for tomorrows batch.
Yes and very much over time.


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