Thirsty Thursday: Bottling the Porter

It’s been a while… But I finally bottled that porter.

Porter all ready for bottling!
Porter all ready for bottling!

The first thing I did was check its specific gravity so that I could estimate its alcoholic content. This brew is about 5.2% alcohol by volume!

Then, I laid out some towels, because I knew a mess was coming!

Towels!
Towels!

The next step is to sanitize about 50 bottles.

Sanitized bottles
Sanitized bottles

After that (which takes longer than you’d expect), it’s time to siphon the porter out of the carboy and into the bottling bucket. There’s already a ‘priming’ solution in the bottom of the bucket, which is basically sugar to get the yeast going again so that the beer gets carbonated.

Siphoning the porter into the bottling bucket.
Siphoning the porter into the bottling bucket.

After that comes the bottling itself, which I don’t have photos of, because my hands are full during the process. Maybe one day, I’ll have the husband snap some pix while I’m working on it.

But the end result is 45 bottles of porter, here not yet capped.

45 bottles of porter waiting for caps.
45 bottles of porter waiting for caps.

Once capped, I label and date the caps so that I remember what’s in the bottles. Hoping to get lots of different batches going so that it really matters that they’re labeled.

Labeled and conditioning for the next two weeks. Then, yum!
Labeled and conditioning for the next two weeks. Then, yum!

Now the wait begins. Two weeks before we can crack on of these bad boys. Two weeks. I hope it comes out OK.

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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