Bottling with roommates

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Mar 23, 2009
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I got my porter done recently, and my girlfriend who works at a restaurant started hanging onto bottles for me to use with my brewing (awesome!)

So I clean them well (soaking in solution for 2 days to remove nastiness as they weren't rinsed before being brought to me), sterilize them well and I place all my bottles on the counter and get my fermenter, bottling bucket ect all squared away, boil up my priming sugar ect. I hear a deep wind sound...

I look up to see my roommate picking up bottles (not just one) and blowing into them. He managed to use about 9 of my fresh sparkly clean bottles as whistles. Why in the world he used 9 I don't know..

So I had to remove them from my bottling line due to being tainted. I ended up have a bunch of extra if I counted those 9 bottles, but ended up being a bottle short for my batch... so it didn't turn out too badly.

This just shows me that I can't brew with my roommates...

Anyone else have any scary bottling stories with friends/loved ones not understanding the concept of remaining sanitary?


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Dec 3, 2008
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The problem that i found of bottling with friends is exactly that, they think your being anal about sanitation when your just being safe. My advice...

-have a bucket full of san solution(one friends job is to keep it full of bottles and empty them and hand them to the bottler YOU.
-Hand the full bottles to another friend, who holds the bottle sturdy on a table, while another(competent) friend caps and places the finished bottles in a case.

I found wedging some folded cardboard between your racking cane and the carboy mouth holds the cane above the yeast bed.

good luck! It is a huge help to have 2 or 3 friends around to help. Try and find fellow brewers to help.

Bernie Brewer

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Feb 2, 2006
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Get into kegging, and watch him hyperventilate trying to get the keg to whistle. Just the sight of that is worth the cost of the kegs alone.


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Feb 10, 2008
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WTH? Why would he do that? Here is what you do:

Grab infected bottle by neck, with bottom pointed upwards.
Hit your buddy over the head hard enough to shatter the bottle.
Yell, "Don't do that!"
Problem solved.