Put the beer in the bottle and press the cap on. Repeat.
This cone looks so juicy! All of them are swelling on the vine. The heavy rain, sun, and mud-luscious horse manure seem to be the potent grow fuel these plants thrive on.As of July 30 at 6:43 p.m., the test batch of my prototype recipe for English Pale Ale with Cascade hops is bottled! Here is the milestone first bottle:
Many home brewers skip the bottle and condition their brews in kegs, which is a fantastic idea. I’d like to move in that direction just so I don’t have to handle all the bottles. A person can buy clean bottles from suppliers, but from my perspective, I can’t justify expending capital on supplies I can get by re-purposing empty bottles that I’ll lose a 10-cent deposit on. In those terms, I can bottle 5 gallons of beer for $2.40 worth of bombers. My taste in bottles is as varied as my taste in beer, so I have collected an assortment. My favorites are bottles that are uniquely molded, such as Samuel Smith and Peroni. The Samuel Smith has the name of the brewery molded into the bottle and Stella’s bottles read, “Birra Superiore d’italia dal 1846.” By re-purposing bottles, I learned that all labels are not created equal. For instance, some beer labels can easily be peeled off, and other labels require long scraping sessions with a razor blade. I got resourceful, real quick, and discovered water and Oxiclean is MAGIC for removing beer labels. I fill a plastic bin with enough water to cover my bottles, add a scoop of Oxiclean, and let it sit outside for a couple days. The labels typically fall off, and I wipe away the glue with a towel.
It also helps to have a friend lend a hand. Brian came over to learn the process and jumped right in to clean bottles and fill them. He developed his own system for filling and drinking. Not bad for a rookie.
While I remembered to take the original gravity, which measures how much sugar is in the wort before fermenting, I neglected to take a final gravity before I added my priming sugar. Obviously, adding sugar will alter the measure of sugar. Therefore, I can’t say for sure how much alcohol my beer contains. It will remain a splendid surprise until I drink it, after which I can only make an educated guess between light weight or heavy hittin’.