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'''Bottling with crown seals''' is generally done to secure carbonated drinks, so that the carbonation stays in the bottle. It is thus generally used for [[beer]] and similar beverages.
 
'''Bottling with crown seals''' is generally done to secure carbonated drinks, so that the carbonation stays in the bottle. It is thus generally used for [[beer]] and similar beverages.
   
 
Crown seals are not recommended for any type of wine (even sparkling ones) as they do not allow the wine to "breathe" and thus hinder the maturation process. For wine, [[Bottling corks|corks]] are recommended.
 
Crown seals are not recommended for any type of wine (even sparkling ones) as they do not allow the wine to "breathe" and thus hinder the maturation process. For wine, [[Bottling corks|corks]] are recommended.
   
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===Step 1: Acquire Bottles===
 
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==Steps==
 
===Acquire Bottles===
 
You can either purchase bottles from the pub and [[drinking|empty them manually]], or purchase pre-emptied bottles from a brew store. Screwtop bottles can be used with bottling caps - you may occasionally experience sealing problems. 750ml longnecks are convenient, but it's a matter of personal preference. Brown glass bottles prevent possible problems with [[light strike]].
 
You can either purchase bottles from the pub and [[drinking|empty them manually]], or purchase pre-emptied bottles from a brew store. Screwtop bottles can be used with bottling caps - you may occasionally experience sealing problems. 750ml longnecks are convenient, but it's a matter of personal preference. Brown glass bottles prevent possible problems with [[light strike]].
 
Bottle caps should not be reused - buy new ones from a supermarket or brew store.
 
Bottle caps should not be reused - buy new ones from a supermarket or brew store.
===Step 2: Clean Bottles===
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===Clean Bottles===
 
The easiest way to clean dirty bottles-
 
The easiest way to clean dirty bottles-
 
#Put them in a bathtub.
 
#Put them in a bathtub.
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Give bottles a second rinse before use.
 
Give bottles a second rinse before use.
   
===Step 3: Fill Bottles===
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===Fill Bottles===
 
Always remember to sanitise anything that will come in contact with your brew.
 
Always remember to sanitise anything that will come in contact with your brew.
 
*Figure out how you're transferring your beverage from your [[fermenter]] to the bottle. One method is to [[rack]] your brew from the fermenter into a sanitised vessel with a tap.
 
*Figure out how you're transferring your beverage from your [[fermenter]] to the bottle. One method is to [[rack]] your brew from the fermenter into a sanitised vessel with a tap.
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*Once you've filled your bottles, you may need to [[prime]] them - your recipe will let you know if this is necessary. This involves adding extra sugar to restart a small fermentation inside the bottle. This adds carbonation - the technique is known as [[bottle conditioning]]. Sugar dispensers and carbonation drops are available to make sure that this additional sugar is controlled. Be careful with this step - if you're not, you may end up with [[glass grenades]].
 
*Once you've filled your bottles, you may need to [[prime]] them - your recipe will let you know if this is necessary. This involves adding extra sugar to restart a small fermentation inside the bottle. This adds carbonation - the technique is known as [[bottle conditioning]]. Sugar dispensers and carbonation drops are available to make sure that this additional sugar is controlled. Be careful with this step - if you're not, you may end up with [[glass grenades]].
   
===Step 4: Seal Bottles===
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===Seal Bottles===
 
There are many different bottle cappers available - from cappers that you hit with a hammer, to complicated lever-operated bench cappers. Pick one that suits your needs, budget, and skill with a hammer.
 
There are many different bottle cappers available - from cappers that you hit with a hammer, to complicated lever-operated bench cappers. Pick one that suits your needs, budget, and skill with a hammer.
   
 
Simply cap the bottles until done - there's no mystery here. Make sure the caps are sanitised before use.
 
Simply cap the bottles until done - there's no mystery here. Make sure the caps are sanitised before use.
   
===Step 5: Wait===
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===Wait===
 
Wait until you're ready to drink. If you primed the bottles, you should wait an appropriate time before storing them in the fridge to allow for carbonation.
 
Wait until you're ready to drink. If you primed the bottles, you should wait an appropriate time before storing them in the fridge to allow for carbonation.
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[[Category:Brewing]]

Latest revision as of 19:40, 8 July 2004

Bottling with crown seals is generally done to secure carbonated drinks, so that the carbonation stays in the bottle. It is thus generally used for beer and similar beverages.

Crown seals are not recommended for any type of wine (even sparkling ones) as they do not allow the wine to "breathe" and thus hinder the maturation process. For wine, corks are recommended.


Steps

Acquire Bottles

You can either purchase bottles from the pub and empty them manually, or purchase pre-emptied bottles from a brew store. Screwtop bottles can be used with bottling caps - you may occasionally experience sealing problems. 750ml longnecks are convenient, but it's a matter of personal preference. Brown glass bottles prevent possible problems with light strike. Bottle caps should not be reused - buy new ones from a supermarket or brew store.

Clean Bottles

The easiest way to clean dirty bottles-

  1. Put them in a bathtub.
  2. Put in the plug.
  3. Put a spoonful of Napisan in each bottle.
  4. Fill the bottles with warm water.
  5. Fill the bathtub to above the bottles with hot water.
  6. Wait until water has cooled, and all gunk has floated out of the bottles.
  7. Empty bathtub. Clean and rinse bottles.
  8. Dry bottles on a bottle tree.

Note that steps 4 and 5 are not interchangable - if you try, all your bottles will fall over.

Crown seals should also be sanitised before use. Give bottles a second rinse before use.

Fill Bottles

Always remember to sanitise anything that will come in contact with your brew.

  • Figure out how you're transferring your beverage from your fermenter to the bottle. One method is to rack your brew from the fermenter into a sanitised vessel with a tap.
  • You may want to consider using a bottling wand - a tube with a pressure valve on one end. Attaching the wand to your fermenter outlet allows you to fill bottles by pushing the bottom of the bottle against the valve. This fills the bottle in a controlled manner, introducing the minimum amount of air.
  • Once you've filled your bottles, you may need to prime them - your recipe will let you know if this is necessary. This involves adding extra sugar to restart a small fermentation inside the bottle. This adds carbonation - the technique is known as bottle conditioning. Sugar dispensers and carbonation drops are available to make sure that this additional sugar is controlled. Be careful with this step - if you're not, you may end up with glass grenades.

Seal Bottles

There are many different bottle cappers available - from cappers that you hit with a hammer, to complicated lever-operated bench cappers. Pick one that suits your needs, budget, and skill with a hammer.

Simply cap the bottles until done - there's no mystery here. Make sure the caps are sanitised before use.

Wait

Wait until you're ready to drink. If you primed the bottles, you should wait an appropriate time before storing them in the fridge to allow for carbonation.