Learn how to bottle homebrew beer and hard cider in our homebrewing 101 tutorial video. Eric show you that bottling homebrew beer is not hard, all you need are brown bottles and a few pieces of equipment. This same homebrew how to applies to bottling hard cider.
Get your supplies from your local homebrew store, or consider Midwest Supplies, we like these guys:
Make Your Homebrew Easier with this gear
- Jet Bottle Washer: attaches to your faucet, rinses bottles quickly
- Bottle Tree: great way to hold, dry, and move 2 cases of bottles
- Bottle Filler: simple bottle filler makes it all easier
- Siphon Starter: its a pain to get a siphon started without something like this
The most important thing to remember is everything must be CLEAN that comes into contact with your beer or hard cider. You can use a diluted bleach solution, or better yet, a sanitizer. There are several types available from your homebrew supplier.
If you decide to use bleach, 1 tablespoon of laundry bleach per gallon of water works fine. Keep in mind if this gets on your clothes, it will leave white dots and patches. Not good. This is why I use sanitizer. I have ruined several pairs of pants with bleach.
Move your fermenter bucket carefully. There is sediment at the bottom of the bucket, and you don't want to stir it up. Its best to elevate the bucket above your work surface. Its a pain to bottle beer on the floor. Gently remove the airlock and fermenter lid.
If you get lots of bubbles in your bottling tube, check that you have the right diameter tubing. It really helps to have 2 people doing the beer bottling, as something always spills. If you have to put down the bottle filler tube, place it in a clean bottle, so the tip does not get dirty. Remember, clean is everything with homebrewing.
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