Bottling Questions - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Bottling Questions

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-30-2007, 03:57 PM   #1
Northerncod
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Posts: 4


Hi everyone,

This is my first post to the forums, so please bare with me as I am relatively new to beer brewing, although I have made wine a few times in the past.

I have just transferred my first batch of beer from the fermentation bucket to a glass carboy (after 1 week). It looks kind of murky at the moment which I believe is normal?

My question is this:

Before bottling the beer I would like to clarify it. I do not want a bunch of sediment on the bottom of the bottles. I realize, however, that you need viable yeast cells to provide carbonation. Could anyone suggest a technique that would allow for as little sediment in the bottles as possible? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Best,

RB

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2007, 04:13 PM   #2
Beerthoven
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Cary, NC
Posts: 2,176
Liked 36 Times on 31 Posts


Patience and care when racking are all that is needed. Let your beer sit in the carboy undisturbed for two weeks, then be very careful when you rack it out of the carboy and into your bottling bucket. This is how I do it and I have very little sediment in my bottles.

Some folks like to add gelatin to the carboy, but I've neve done that. Maybe somebody else will chime in.
__________________

Primary/Secondary: #133 Scottish 80/-
Kegged: #132 American Wheat
Planned: IPA, Brown, Pale Ale

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2007, 04:23 PM   #3
homebrewer_99
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2005
Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,792
Liked 132 Times on 99 Posts


What he said above...plus...

As the yeast falls out of suspension your brew will begin to look darker when in reality it is getting lighter.

When racking to the bottling bucket don't get too greedy and leave some brew in there above the sediment. The less sediment you transfer the less there will be in the bottle.

If it doesn't clear up in 2 weeks then I would recommend using gelatin.

Welcome!
__________________
HB Bill


 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2007, 04:30 PM   #4
Northerncod
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Posts: 4

Thanks for your prompt input, it is greatly appreciated. I have never used gelatin in this context before, could anyone give a brief rundown of the procedure or suggest some reading?

Best,

RB

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2007, 04:36 PM   #5
jvh261
 
jvh261's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2007
Lyons, Illinois
Posts: 417
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


When siphoning out of my bucket to the carboy, or from carboy to the bottling bucket I use my autosiphon with the cap left on the bottom. Just be careful when you put your autosiphon in the brew and let it rest gently on top of the sediment. You should be fine. An autosiphon is a great buy.
__________________
Primary: Zombie Dust clone
Brewing Next: Jamil's Evil Twin, SN Celebration Ale clone, Russian Imperial Stout w/ bourbon soaked oak chips
Kegged: Zombie Dust clone, Centennial IPA

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2007, 04:40 PM   #6
homebrewer_99
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2005
Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,792
Liked 132 Times on 99 Posts


1 TBS gelatin mixed in 1 C water and warmed on the stove. Some people pre-boil their water. I don't.

Don't get it too hot. Just enough to dissilve the gelatin.

Then pour it in the carboy. It should work overnight, but giving it 2 days works also.
__________________
HB Bill

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2007, 04:45 PM   #7
Northerncod
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Posts: 4

Will using gelatin have any affect on the carbonation process?

Thanks again for all of the information!

-RB

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2007, 04:53 PM   #8
homebrewer_99
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2005
Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,792
Liked 132 Times on 99 Posts


No. It doesn't strip out all the yeast.
__________________
HB Bill

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2007, 04:55 PM   #9
Northerncod
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Posts: 4

Now onto priming? Anyone have any recommendations?

RB

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2007, 05:08 PM   #10
homebrewer_99
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2005
Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,792
Liked 132 Times on 99 Posts


You didn't say what kind of beer it was, but normal priming is 3/4 C corn sugar to 2 C water boiled for 5 mins.
__________________
HB Bill

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bottling questions wdewd Bottling/Kegging 7 10-17-2009 09:44 PM
questions about bottling gone Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 02-19-2009 08:12 PM
Two questions before bottling thakoolaidkid Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 15 11-03-2008 04:21 PM
Bottling Questions pava General Techniques 7 05-23-2008 01:53 AM
Another Bottling Questions badnaam Extract Brewing 12 05-30-2007 09:47 PM


Forum Jump