Fun with Bottles

Friday, December 02, 2005

Chief Assistant BrewMaster Mark and I are every-so-delicately bottling our lovely concoction into bottles for a week or two worth of conditioning. If you enlarge the picture, you may be able to see a glimpse of the able hands of Chief Beer Intern and Bottling Assistant Vicki helping with the project. Kudos to Beer Spouse Jen for taking the picture.

The yeast in the beer has slowed a bit, so corn sugar is added to wake it back up. It is poured at this point into bottles for the yeast to feast on the sugar and make the beer's final alchohol content, as well as give it the natural carbonated fizziness we all expect in beer.

MArk and I were able to deftly keep a majority of the junk out of the beer as we bottled it, so there won't be so much sediment in the bottles. There always is some in bottle-conditioned beer; that's just the way it is. Gives you GREAT gas.

Within a week, we will crack a brew and see if we did it right. If it's flat, we wait another week. If it's flat after that....we biffed it. Good thing we have a Chief Beer Intern and Bottling Assistant and a Beer Spouse to blame, because it couldn't possibly be Head Amateur BrewMaster Me or Chief Assistant BrewMaster Mark...


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