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Old 01-13-2008, 01:58 PM   #1
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I'm in the process of brewing my first batch of beer, and perhaps, rather stupidly, I started brewing before my PET bottles had arrived (I was told that they would arrive 2 days after I started brewing, so I thought hey might aswell get brewing now), so with no sign of the bottles, and my brew almost being ready for bottling, im a bit stuck. So...

Can I bottle it in Normal, clean, sanitised 1.5L carbonated drink bottles? And secondaly can some one quickly explain why everything needs to be sanitised?

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Old 01-13-2008, 02:40 PM   #2
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You sanitize everything because you want to kill the bacteria and wild yeasts that are on everything we touch. Room temperature wort is a good breeding ground for germs and that will spoil your beer. Think about leaving a gallon of milk at room temperature for a day- bacteria spoils it. So if you sanitize everything that comes in contact with your wort, and you've boiled the wort, there should a decreased possibility that a bacteria or wild yeast would still be in there to spoil your beer. You add ale yeast to the wort, so that these yeast can gain control and ferment the beer.


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Old 01-13-2008, 02:44 PM   #3
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Thanks, and I neglected to mention, im brewing Lager, if that helps with regards to the bottling!

 
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:57 PM   #4
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I would leave it in the fermenter until the bottles arrive.

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Old 01-13-2008, 03:01 PM   #5
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Definitely. From everything I've heard, a few days longer in the fermenter is just gonna make better beer.
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Old 01-13-2008, 03:27 PM   #6
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I would leave it in the fermenter until the bottles arrive.

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and add in Yoopers reply to the sanitizing question.
If you liked the brewing process then why spoil the end result which imo is the best part of the whole process.
best of luck in your future brews and continue to ask questions.
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Old 01-13-2008, 03:28 PM   #7
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Ah Brilliant. I shall ring the company on monday and hastle them, and hopefully the bottles will arrive 2 days late at the latest. How long would be too long to leave it in the fermenter? Thanks

 
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I'd say you could easily leave it a month in the fermenter.

You didn't say how long ago you brewed it, but you should leave it in the fermenter at least 2 weeks or so, if you're not using a clearing tank, before bottling. If you have a hydrometer, that is the best bet- to test it and make sure it's finished before bottling.
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Old 01-13-2008, 03:32 PM   #9
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I wouldn't let it sit in primary more than 4 weeks...but I've never done a lager.

Exactly how long ago did you brew this? Because you say the PET bottles should have arrived 2 days after you started to brew, and they still haven't shown up. In my head, since this is supposedly a lager, it means you brewed this up at least 2 weeks ago.

Lagers are supposed to be cold fermented, so fermentation takes longer than an ale (3 weeks is an average I see thrown around). Then you have the whole diacetyl rest for a couple days (not always necesssary) and then secondary which might last a couple months before you finally bottle.


So I can't help but wonder if you are pushing this beer along much faster than it should be.
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Old 01-13-2008, 03:39 PM   #10
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I just bought a lager kit of the net, probably not the best way to go, but it was just to get me started. The Kits instructions said leave it 4-6 days before bottling, this is obviously considerably less than the 2 weeks you say? I dont have a hydrogemeter unfortunatly, I am a student so everythings on a tight budget, and also were not meant to brew beer in our halls, so its got to be small scale.



 
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