how long does it take others to bottle a 5 gallon batch? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > how long does it take others to bottle a 5 gallon batch?

Thread Tools
Old 08-03-2014, 03:50 AM   #1
Apr 2014
Posts: 41

tonight I bottled my 4th batch (started brewing in January.). how long does it take others?
I bottle by myself. from boiling the priming sugar to capping the last bottle it took 2 hours. that time included drinking 3 pints as well.

I don't drink enough to keg (or invest in kegging equipment.) are there long time home brewers who still bottle? its a pain, but I'm happy once I finish.

Sent from my iPhone using Home Brew

Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2014, 04:18 AM   #2
Mar 2014
Posts: 1,044
Liked 159 Times on 135 Posts

I Started with a Keg but after a Infection and a Bad fridge I just bottle, It takes longer but I don't think I will lose a whole batch. The keg tasted Great and was too darn convenient. I will Keg again but it will be a while. It takes me probably 4 hours but I am unorganized.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2014, 04:21 AM   #3
Mar 2013
, Connecticut
Posts: 799
Liked 123 Times on 91 Posts

I still bottle, and it usually takes me three hours if I work with clean bottles. That includes clean up.
Ever have trouble getting a "big beer" to carbonate in the bottle? Read the "rules" and please add your story to the list!

Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2014, 04:23 AM   #4
Nov 2010
ohmihachiman, Japan
Posts: 817
Liked 90 Times on 67 Posts

3 pints in two hours? That's keg level drinking!

Seriously, one hour. I'm organized.
"Beer, well respected and rightly consumed, can be a gift of God. It is one of his mysteries, which it was his delight to conceal and the glory of kings to search out."

The Search for God and Guinness by Stephen Mansfield

People Like This 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2014, 04:28 AM   #5
Black Island Brewer
Black Island Brewer's Avatar
Sep 2011
Isla Negra
Posts: 1,974
Liked 773 Times on 431 Posts

If I'm timing myself and trying to be efficient, I can bottle 5 gallons in 90 minutes including cleaning if my bottles are already clean and just need to be sanitized. When I use my bottles, I rinse or clean as needed as I go, so that I don't have to mess with it on bottling day. I put them upside down in the case so I know they are clean and to keep dust out.
"Oh don't give me none more of that Old Janx Spirit/No, don't you give me none more of that Old Janx Spirit/For my head will fly, my tongue will lie, my eyes will fry and I may die/Won't you pour me one more of that sinful Old Janx Spirit"

Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2014, 04:28 AM   #6
Sep 2013
Plainfield, IL
Posts: 333
Liked 25 Times on 23 Posts

Im about two hours from the time I bring the fermenter into the kitchen until the time Im done with clean up and sitting on the couch. That includes sanitizing bottles but does not include designing, printing, or applying labels. I hate bottling BTW.
If Im on homebrewtalk im probably drunk... Don't pretend your not.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2014, 04:51 AM   #7
kh54s10's Avatar
Aug 2011
Tiverton, Rhode Island
Posts: 11,075
Liked 1716 Times on 1405 Posts

I would say a couple of hours is normal. I keg now but the next brew is going into bottles. It is a coffee porter and my kegs are full. I also have a red IPA that will be kegged when one becomes available.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2014, 04:51 AM   #8
Senior Member
petey_c's Avatar
Jun 2010
Miller Place, NY (Long Island)
Posts: 1,358
Liked 92 Times on 79 Posts

2 hours from start to finish (usually). Including clean up.
The part I like the least is labeling. I create 1 1/2" X 2" labels in excel, twenty-one to a sheet and cut them to individual labels (mostly at work). So that time doesn't count. Then, I use two small pieces of scotch tape to hold them in place on the bottles. Thirty five bottles = 72 pieces of tape (one label goes in my log book). I usually have a beer or two to help the mindless time pass more quickly. Add an extra hour or so to the bottling time. Labeling doesn't usually happen for least another three weeks though.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2014, 04:53 AM   #9
Jun 2014
Posts: 466
Liked 77 Times on 58 Posts

Only timed that I bottled was last weekend and that was an Oktoberfest. The nice wife helped me out. Bottles were pre-cleaned. I dipped them in Star-san and sat them on my bottle washer while she filled them. Then I would grab the full one and cap it. Took us about 40 minutes total from fermenter to bottle bucket to a big thank you for the help.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2014, 11:12 AM   #10
pumpkinman2012's Avatar
Jan 2013
, New York
Posts: 1,116
Liked 140 Times on 126 Posts

I purchased the All In One Wine Pump, a vacuum pump originally to rack, degass, filter and bottle wine, it made all of those tasks so easy and fast, that I purchased the beer bottle attachment, I can bottle and cap a 5 gallon batch in under 15 mins, not to mention that I no longer have to lift heavy carboys to rack them, and I can filter if I need to.
Check it out at
I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.
- Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Harvesting Bottle Yeast & Starter for 1-gallon Batch MrDarcy Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 06-25-2013 02:13 AM
nearly ready to bottle my first 5 gallon batch and... Jobo Cider Forum 9 02-03-2013 11:31 PM
Can I brew a 15 gallon batch with one beer bottle for the yeast? badbrew Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 12-28-2011 10:23 PM
How long to bottle 5 gal. batch (50 bottles) porterguy Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 17 03-09-2011 05:15 PM
Does anyone do 10 gallon batches and not keg (i.e. bottle the whole batch)? -TH- Bottling/Kegging 21 12-14-2009 08:21 PM

Forum Jump