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  1. 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?
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. A

    Pasteurizing while bottle conditioning

    I am brewing cider and have traditionally left them still because it's easier than carbonating. But I've decided to try carbonating in the bottle. I've read a lot about people using the hot water method to kill of yeast and stop carbonation with some sweetness left. (I back-sweeten with apple...
  13. Julian Høstan Urrea

    The Boel iTap bottle filler. A review by SmallSpacesBrewing

    Hi guys. I was sendt this little piece of kit and would like to share it with you. If you ever wondered how to bottle from a keg or from a fermentasaurus/fermzilla this is a great way to do so. I made a video, which i posted on my new youtube chanel. SmallSpacesBrewing. Hope you guys check it...
  14. HemanBrew

    Beer gun with bottling bucket (not Keg)?

    Does anyone use beergun with bottling bucket? My process is now to purge the bottle and then use spigot and a bottling wand to put the beer in the bottle and then purge the headspace and cap the bottle. (I add the priming sugars to the bottles before the first purge.) Im wondering if I could...
  15. N

    Bottling Sugar Problem

    So, heres the scoop. I used Mangrove Jacks Dubbel Extract kit, it's almost ready to be bottled so, as it is written in their manual I should use 2 tsp of sugar per 2L. So for the whole 12L of wort I should use 12 tsp. Converting that to grams, accounting for the ingredient(dextrose(powdered...
  16. B

    Purging headspace when bottling

    Am about to bottle a NEIPA for the first time and I understand that a lot of people have issues with oxidation. After some reading I'm convinced that purging the headspace after filling the bottle of O2 is a good way of extending the shelf life. I'll be bottle priming as I don't have any kegging...
  17. W

    I need help understanding the order of steps..

    Ok. So I already started 15 gallons of apple cider in several carboys and have begun racking to secondary. But I’m trying to figure out in what order I make amendments etc. Please let me know what’s what. 1. Finish primary fermentation (I already tested SG levels and it’s all below 1.010) 2...
  18. J

    Secondary Fermenting

    OK, so I hope I don't offend anyone with my idiocy but I have a question regarding secondary fermentation. After all there's no stupid questions right!.. I know secondary fermentation is a thing that many brewers do to acheieve a better clarity to the beer. My first ever brew, I seived the...
  19. DanInSydney

    Belgian Stout Bottle Priming

    Hey guys, getting ready to bottle but the recipe didn’t give any directions on this! I want to bottle prime with sugar. Any advice on which sugars and what quantity?
  20. B

    Gushers/bottle bombs

    Hi everyone, I had a batch that started to look like it had a bit of pellicle on the surface. I bottled it and most were fine but I had a couple of gushers. I put that down to the pellicle. I scrapped those bottles but opened all of them to check and 95% were fine. I immediately recapped to...