Thirsty Thursday – Bottling Day!

It’s been an exciting week in Brewville (AKA my house). For the first time, I have bottled my own beer.

This was not without its problems. I definitely shot beer at myself, and made a rather sticky spot on the floor, but it’s bottled.

I had meant to do the bottling on Sunday, but I wound up spending the entire day doing nothing but cleaning bottles.

Getting the labels off of 60+ bottles is no fun.
Getting the labels off of 60+ bottles is no fun.

I did finally get them all clean, but it was the next day before I attempted the bottling.

Clean bottles
Clean bottles

First comes sanitizing everything.

That's a bucket and a pan of sanitizer.
That’s a bucket and a pan of sanitizer.

Sugar has to be dissolved into water to be added to the brand new beer before bottling. This is food for the yeast that’s still in there doing yeast-y things. The yeast will gobble up the sugar and carbonate the beer.

Preparing the priming solution (sugar and water).
Preparing the priming solution (sugar and water).

Then, the beer gets siphoned out of the glass carboy into a bucket for filling. The sugar-water mixture is already at the bottom of the bucket.

It's a pretty elaborate siphoning set-up.
It’s a pretty elaborate siphoning set-up.
...but the beer looks clearly beer-like.
…but the beer looks clearly beer-like.

I didn’t take any photos of the filling part. I had my hands full then. That’s when I shot myself with beer.

Ultimately, I filled 42 bottles with beer. That’s seven 6-packs worth. At 8 dollars a 6-pack (a low end price for higher-end beers), it’s worth about $56. This kit to buy is about $25. I think we got a good return for our investment.

All capped. I should probably label them, too.
All capped. I should probably label them, too.

The only down side is that it’s possible that we’ve made a pretty weak beer. By my calculations it’s only about 2.3% alcohol by volume. Maybe I read the hydrometer wrong. I don’t know. As long as it tastes good, I don’t really care. But we have to wait two weeks before trying it.

I’ll let you know how it comes out!

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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