This week 4 in a 4-part introduction to homebrewing. Beer Making 101 is for anyone interested in making your very own craft beer at home.
Link to Week 1: https://transparentbrewingcompany.com/beer-making-101-week-1/
Link to Week 2 : https://transparentbrewingcompany.com/beer-making-101-week-2/
Link to Week 3 : https://transparentbrewingcompany.com/beer-making-101-week-3/
Week 4: Bottle
Now that your beer has been a dark, cozy corner of the house for two weeks, your beer will be ready for bottling.
You will need:
- Auto Siphon
- 3+ foot hose
- Bottle filler
- Fizz drops
- 10 beer bottles 12 oz.
- bottle caps
- bottle capper
Two weeks after Brew Day, your beer will be ready for bottling. Move the fermentation jug to a table or countertop. Do this early, so the yeast and sediment have a chance to re-settle!
NOW YOU ARE READY TO BOTTLE YOUR BEER
- Sanitize the auto-siphon, hose, bottle filler, bottles, and bottle caps.
- Connect the auto-siphon to the hose and attach the hose to the bottle filler.
- Remove the airlock and stopper from the jug and place the auto-siphon into the beer. Push down on the siphon piston to begin the flow of beer. Lifting up the filler will stop the flow of beer. Leave about 1” of headspace in each bottle.
- Add a Fizz Drop tablet to each bottle. This small charge of sugar will carbonate (or “prime”) the flat beer—the CO2 gas created by this mini-fermentation will create the carbonation inside the bottle.
- Cap the bottles. Put a sanitized bottle cap on a filled bottle. Center the bell of your bottle capper on the cap, and push down on the levers, then release. The cap should be crimped tightly.
CONDITIONING & ENJOYING
(2 weeks after Bottling Day)
Keep the filled, capped bottles at room temperature for approx. 1–2 weeks to let the beer carbonate. The remaining yeast is busy converting the priming sugar to a little bit more alcohol and just enough CO2 gas to add some fizz. After two weeks, the bottles can be chilled and enjoyed.