You have successfully completed your brewing experience, however, you haven’t finished yet. The bottling process is an integral part of reaching the finished product.
How Do You Know Your Beer Is Ready To Bottle?
Make use of a hydrometer to measure the gravity over a period of a couple of days. This is how you will determine if your brew has reached the end of the fermenting process. This is extremely important because bottling before the time could lead to an explosion. Bottle bombs are a danger that can yield devastation. It is vital to inspect your intended bottles for cracks or defects. Yeast in the brew consumes the sugar. The reaction produces alcohol and an enormous amount of CO2. Once the bottle is capped, there is nowhere for that gas to escape, and it is in essence absorbed by the brew itself.
Materials On Hand
Before beginning the bottling process, ensure that you have everything you require on hand. Check before you begin the process. You should have the bottles, caps, a bottle capper, a bottling bucket, tubing, a bottling wand, sanitizer, priming sugar, a scale, a small saucepan, and a funnel at your disposal.
The Bottling Process
Before beginning, ensure all the bottles are clean and sanitized. Dirty bottles must be scrubbed Rinse them out to rid them of any dust particles. Develop your priming solution by adding sugar to a small amount of water in a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, dissolving the sugar. Remove the solution from the heat. Place the vessel in which the fermentation is taking place, onto an elevated surface with the bottling bucket below it. Pour the sanitizing solution into the bottling bucket. Rack the brew onto the sanitizing solution. Put your fermenter to one side, and place the bottling bucket onto an elevated surface. The wand and tubing are now fitted to the spigot.