After fermenting, perhaps the bottling stage can be considered as a tedious activity. There is more to bottling than what you are currently thinking. There is a science in bottling your precious brews as well, and it is important that you are aware of the right way for bottling. As an answer for those looking for assistance in tackling this stage in home brewing, we list below some of the noteworthy tips that everyone should take note when at that stage of home brewing.
• Inspection of bottles. Are the bottles clean and sanitized? Check out as well the condition of the bottles, and look for signs of damage. You don’t want to use bottles that are cracked and chipped.
• Clean and maintain the bottles with the use of ammonia. This is especially true if you are using old bottles with labels. The old bottles for use in bottling the brew should be soaked in a mixture of water and ammonia. After that, just rub off the labels to clean it up. Be sure to exercise safety precautions since you are handling ammonia.
• Carefully clean old bottles with the use of the bottle brush. The brush can be used to reach hard-to-reach bottom of the bottle, the site of accumulated molds. After cleaning with the help of the brush, its best to sanitize the bottles again.
• Learn to use the fining agents before you bottle the brew. These fining agents are helpful since this will help you reduce the sediment in the bottles. But make sure that these agents are added before you add the brew.
• It is best to weigh the priming sugar that will be used. Don’t arbitrarily add sugar. It is best to use the exact measure in order to get the best tasting beer. There are online tools that can help you decide on the right amount of priming sugar.
• Invest on a reliable bottle capper. Though all of the cappers that are available in the market may work, there are some pieces of cappers that will do more than the rest. Try to invest on the more premium ones in order to save yourself from the inconveniences of bottling.
• Is it advisable to use absorbing bottle caps? If you are going to store the bottles of beers for an extended period of time then that is the appropriate motivation for buying the absorbing bottle caps.
• How do you fill the beer bottles? There is a science as well in filling beer bottles. And normally you don’t need to fill it up to the brim. Leave a good amount of air to allow carbonation. If you will take note, all beer bottles that are available in the market are not filled to the brim.
Remember these tricks and tips when you are at that stage of home brewing. No matter how good the brew is, if the bottling has been compromised then all hard work of yours will be lost.