Bottling Beer

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Gary Glass from the American Homebrewers Association teaches you how to bottle your beer.

    Gary Glass: Hi! I am Gary Glass; I am the director of the American Homebrewers Association. I am teaching you how to brew beer at home. In this segment, we will show you how to bottle your beer. Now, we have got our siphon ready to go in our bottling bucket, beer is primed, we just need to get it into the bottles. So what we are going to do is attach our sanitized bottling -- bottle filler through the hose and this is spring loaded so it won't fill until you push down on it. Come down on the floor, grab a bottle of beer, I am going to open that, the clip, so it can flow, let me go ahead and fill it up. Now you want to fill it so it's about an inch from the bottom when the cane is out so that you are going to fill it up almost to the lip here. When I pull it out, got about of inch of head space. And that's important, if you overfill it, you won't get as much carbonation in the bottle, if you under fill it, you can get too much carbonation. And then what we do is we take one of the sanitized bottle caps, stick it on the top and then push down on the capper. You got to seal bottle of beer, and just repeat the process until you are out of beer. And that's our last bottle. So now you have gotten five gallons of home brew it's all in the bottles, you have basically done everything that you need to do. It wasn't that hard, was it? Now, comes the hard part, you have to wait 2-3 weeks for this beer to carbonate. Thankfully, I happen to have a bottle of home brew here with me that I will crack open right now because I think I have earned it. Now with home brew, we carbonated the beer and the bottles, there is going to be some yeast sediment on the bottom. So you want to decant this, you don't want to drink it out of the bottle, make sure you put into a glass and pour it carefully. Just pour it slowly down the side of the glass, and we have that last little bit of yeast in the glass. Cheers!