Another step in the beer brewing process has been achieved today. After returning yesterday from our vacation we spent today bottling our first batch of home brewed beer.
At this point, it was time to bottle the beer. We used typical amber colored 12 ounce bottles which we had washed, sanitized and rinsed. We used the sweet bottle rinsing attachment on the kitchen sink. It is a little brass doohickey that goes on the faucet and points up with a lever that when you push the bottle down, pressurized water swooshes into the bottle. What fun!
We put the bottling bucket up on the counter and tried at first to use the spigot to bottle the beer. I found this method messy. So we attached the siphon hose to the spigot along with a nifty spring loaded attachment. You stick that into the bottle and press down until it fills up to the mouth of the bottle and when you remove the device the bottle is filled to a perfect level. It worked very well. Then we set the bottles in the dishwasher just to dry, which you can see behind me.
Of course, after bottling comes bottle capping. We have the simple hand held bottle capping tool and it was so easy to use that even I could do it. It didn't require any sort of brute force, just the right downward pressure and it was a snap.
As I said, now it is a waiting game. The bottles need to sit and condition in a cool, dry place. This will ensure that it they are carbonated properly. I believe that we will end up with a thoroughly drinkable beer.
In other beer news, I also received a package today containing the ingredients for my next two batches of beer. I found a great website called Austin Homebrew Supply where they sell "kits" for beer making but not the traditional beer kit in a box like the one we just did. Essentially, they have developed several recipes and sell you the combinations of ingredients to brew that particular beer. It opens the door for some experimentation as well. We ordered the recipe and ingredients for another brown as well as for an ESB. We are in Atlanta this coming weekend so we think we might brew up our second batch of beer while we're home.