I bottled my first batch today and overall it went pretty smooth. I was most worried about this process and did the most planning mainly because I wasn't sure what to expect. I had read and watched videos on the rest of the process but it is amazing that there is so little info on bottling.
I actually enjoyed bottling. I know many of you dislike it and switch to kegging, but I am quite content with my bottling process right now that I do not foresee myself switching for a little while.
I started by soaking my bottles that still had labels on them in the sink with hot water. I was going to put some bleach in there but decided against it. How do you guys go about doing this?
I then brushed out the bottles with the bottle brush that I had. After that I dipped the bottles into my star san mixture and then dumped the water back into the bucket. I was using my bottling bucket for this since I figured I would knock out 2 birds with 1 stone and sanitize both at the same time. I then put the bottles upside down on a cloth and dipped my caps into the sanitized water. After that, I siphoned the star san water into 6 gallon jugs to save it for my next brew.
I then boiled 2 1/2 cups of water and added my priming sugar to it. I let that mixture cool for about 10 minutes then dumped it into the now empty/sanitized bottling bucket. I put my primary fermenter on a chair and started the racking process.
After it was all into the bottling bucket I set the bottling bucket on top of the fridge so I had a good flow out of the spicket, down my tubing, and into my bottling cane. I filled each bottle up until the foam came to the top or spilled over a little. There was a little but more foam than I expected in the bottle, is this normal?
My bottles are now sitting under my bed in 6 packs conditioning. I figured I would let them sit for a week and then decide if they need longer. How does my process sound to all of you? Any changes or tips you might have would be appreciated!