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  1. benbrewing

    Clarity before bottling for long term aging?

    Hi folks, Nice to meet people here, I am brand new here but have been experimenting with meads for about 10 years. How important do people think it is to let the carboy get totally or very clear before bottling? I have bottled recently some fairly clear to very clear ciders and I still see some...
  2. P

    Automatic sugar (solution) dosing machine

    "Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." - Abraham Lincoln I prefer pouring priming sugar directly into bottles for two main reasons which are less oxygen exposure and even distribution. However, I don't have the patient to use a syringe...
  3. LloydGM

    Advice for calculating bottle priming sugar for partially-carbonated beer?

    Can anyone offer advice on how to calculate the amount of sugar (corn/dextrose, in my case) I'd need to add to each bottle when bottling partially-carbonated beer? For example, with 6 gallons of ale sitting in a FermZilla, 15 PSI at 70F degrees at the end of fermentation. I can easily bottle...
  4. B

    Dead yeast cells, carbonization and bottling

    Hi, I was interested to know about the community's thoughts. I have recently made another batch of Hefeweissen (my favourite beer), but I am still finding that I am tweaking the processes every time I am making in order to make a better and better tasting beer. Here's the question...After about...
  5. S

    First time cider - bottle conditioning/carbonation process

    So the wife and I made our first cider last night. We actually made four one-gallon batches in order to compare results from various yeasts, but set that aside for now.. Fermentation was already rocking along this morning in all of the fermenters so we've got a good start. We like dry ciders so...
  6. 43North

    Screw on beer caps?

    Can a Homebrewer use screw on caps? We can all get “screw lid” bottles for free.
  7. LloydGM

    Could I get some advice on bottling directly from FermZilla using a CP filler?

    I could use some advice from y'all regarding using a counter pressure filler (CPF) going from a FermZilla to bottles. (I'm still saving $ to build a keezer and switch entirely to kegging.) I have a FermZilla 30L All Rounder and plan to pressure ferment at 60-65F, and I can't refrigerate the...
  8. 43North

    Adding Bourbon At bottling?

    I’m going to bottle of milk stout in about a week and I’m wondering about adding bourbon to give the beer a poor man‘s attempt at bourbon barrel aging? Has anybody tried this at bottling? if it’s possible to add bourbon just before I bottle do I have to worry about adding less or more bottling...
  9. A

    The Brass Monkey and bottling..

    I came close to emulating the famous Brass Monkey when I bottled a batch yesterday, it was dam cold in the garage! The plan for this year is to brew frequently in Autumn (or earlier) and build up a stock to keep me supplied through the coldest months some beer choices are obvious, some less so...
  10. I

    3 weeks bottle, somethings wrong

    Hi, My lager beer has been bottled at 24 degrees for 3 weeks now. The colour is quite dark. The taste is not that of commercial beer, it tastes I guess a little yeasty? or is green the word? The head fizzed out quickly. I thought 3 weeks it was supposed to be good?
  11. littleladyshay

    Bottled beer didn't carbonate?

    Hi all, I recently bottled an amber ale and I usually just use priming sugar when I bottle, but this batch didn't carbonate and it's been a few weeks now. It was my first all grain brew, I used hops that I grew at home, all my equipment was sanitized.... not sure why they didn't take? They...
  12. I

    Fizzy beer, no head

    Hi, I have done a batch using Simply Ritchies Lager kit. I have stored my bottles at 24 degrees C for 2 and a half weeks now. I put one of the bottles in the fridge for 48 hours and tried it tonight. There was a loud pop (swingtop bottle) and as I poured it had a slight head which fizzed out...
  13. I

    SG slightly different to FG, this okay?

    Hi, so I checked my SG and it was at 1.009, checked again in 48 hours time and it was 1.008. Does the slight different really matter? Am I able to bottle now? Says it needs to be stable for 2 days but I don't know if that slight difference matters. Also my OG was 1.035 which means the abv when...
  14. W

    How to use campdem tablets (SMS)?

    I have a few questions regarding this, thanks!!! The wine is a Sauvignon Blanc from a juice kit. How many should I add to the batch right before bottling this batch? It’s 23 litres/6 gallons. There are 80 tablets in the 50g package. How long do I need to wait before it is safe to drink? I...
  15. S

    Inconsistent flow when filling bottles.

    I brew 5 gallons every month, it all goes into 12 ounce bottles from a bottling bucket with a spigot, 4 feet of tube and a plastic wand with a spring-action shut-off. Been brewing since 1986 and this is the weirdest problem. Some bottles fill at normal speed, but many fill at an excruciatingly...
  16. andersk

    Bottling straight from SS brew bucket?

    Bit of a beginner here so apologies if this is a simple question. Equipment-wise I have a 7 gal SS Brew Bucket for fermenting, and am debating between bottling straight out of the bucket's spigot or transferring into another bucket and bottling from that... Thoughts in favour of straight from...
  17. Fern0022

    Cider Bottle Carb Issue

    I’m having issues with my cider bottles carbing. I used fresh grolsch flip top bottles and one plastic coke bottle (w/hot glue) to gauge the average pressure. After 10 days the coke bottle had not firmed up. I popped one of the glass bottles and it’s flat. It’s darn good and strong, but I prefer...
  18. H

    Added too much maple syrup to the Imperial breakfast stout

    This f*** up happened because i forgot that i scaled down the recipe by half so i added twice as much (454g) maple syrup as i was supposed to. The recipe says it will be 8.5% ABV. The Wyeast 1084 will die at 12%. So can I assume the yeast will kill itself before the bottling time comes...
  19. S

    Inconsistent bottles

    I'm a casual small batch brewer who's been brewing for about 10 years, 2 - 3 3 gallon batches a year. I've pretty much got the process down, with predictable outcomes of very drinkable brews, except for one thing.... There is way too much inconsistency between bottles....some have a little...
  20. J

    Beginner brewer questions.

    Ok so I’m new to home brewing. I’ve so far done 2 brews with the kits you buy online and it makes about 5 gallons or about 50 bottles. Both times they tasted great I was very pleased with the results... at first. After the 2 week carbonation process in bottles I put them all in the fridge I...