After a week of waiting, it is finally time to bottle the beer!
It is my goal to be completely honest with you all, and I’m going to tell you something. This part was a little labor intensive. The reason behind that is that as I said previously, everything needs to be sanitized before you start your work. And this little kit makes quite a bit of beer!
We sanitized 56 bottles and used every single one of them. We also had to sanitize the bottling bucket, the siphon, as well as the caps. But once that’s done, things go quickly.
First you siphon the beer out of the carboy into the bottling bucket.
There are a few reasons for this. As the malty mixture does its fermenting, the solids settle to the bottom. These are mostly just remnants of the hops, but they aren’t exactly great tasting. So siphoning removes the liquids and leaves those sediments out.
You will also, at this point, add the priming sugar. The remaining yeast will eat this new sugar after the bottling, and create the carbonation required to make a truly satisfying brew.
Finally, the bottling bucket has this sweet nozzle on it, which allows you to fill the bottles with ease, and lessen the chance of spilling any beer. Spilling ANY beer is generally frowned upon as abusive, and loosing any of this, that you have worked and waited for, would be borderline tragedy.
As soon as the bottle is filled the cap is applied, with a nifty little hand capper.
Simply place the cap on the bottle, set the capper on top, and pull down both arms firmly and equally. This crimps the cap around the bottle nicely and makes a completely sealed product. This part too, can be a little laborious. However, it is extremely gratifying watching those beautiful bottles add up.
These beauties must be stored in a cool dry place for approximately a week before the priming sugar has done its job. It is also recommended to wait an additional three weeks to properly age the brew to perfection. Trust me, take this opportunity to start another batch, because once you’ve tried your custom home-brew, you will never look at store-bought beer the same! Cheers!