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So.....I bottled my first batch today. And I'm reading the forum. Thanks for all the information. A few newbie questions:

 

1. There was some sediment in the bottom of the keg. Normal?

 

2.  When I put the bottles in the fridge (after 4 weeks) do the bottles need to stand up or ok to lay on their side?

 

3. How long will the beer last in the fridge? Is there a recommendation?

 

4. When should I start my next batch?

 

Thanks!

 

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1.. Yup that is called trub totally normal

2.. I stand mine up cause you'll get sediment at the bottom of the bottle

3.. Not positive but I just pulled some bottles outta the back of the fridge that's been there for like seven months were just fine

4...A.S.A.P!!!!! ? congrats on your brew and good luck... ?

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Thanks Stroomer420! Very helpful--and reassuring!

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Thanks Dale! Let's compare notes when we have our first pour!

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Lol, me too, my first batch is bottles now. Looking forward to this next month being over so I

 can drink the final product. 

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3 hours ago, PTJ said:

So.....I bottled my first batch today. And I'm reading the forum. Thanks for all the information. A few newbie questions:

 

1. There was some sediment in the bottom of the keg. Normal?

 

2.  When I put the bottles in the fridge (after 4 weeks) do the bottles need to stand up or ok to lay on their side?

 

3. How long will the beer last in the fridge? Is there a recommendation?

 

4. When should I start my next batch?

 

Thanks!

 

 

Your beer's flavor will improve as it conditions at room temperature.  So after the minimum conditioning time (in this case four weeks) you'll only want to put what you plan on drinking in the immediate future into the fridge.  Let them sit for three days, then give them a pour.  

 

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51 minutes ago, RickBeer said:

Right.  And a year later it is still good.  Even 2 years. 

Even in the Mr. Beer PET's?  (2yrs)

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4 hours ago, RickBeer said:

Yes

My PET's must be defective.  All of the beer that I bottled in PET's from October 2015 are now flat or have lost significant carbonation. 

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3 minutes ago, AnthonyC said:

My PET's must be defective.  All of the beer that I bottled in PET's from October 2015 are now flat or have lost significant carbonation. 

 

How many times have you used them? You might need to replace your caps.

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Of course, the real fix is to have more friends who enjoy drinking your home brews quicker!

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4 hours ago, MRB Josh R said:

 

How many times have you used them? You might need to replace your caps.

Those were only used 2x.  They came with my original kit that I bought in August 2015.  

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4 hours ago, PTJ said:

Of course, the real fix is to have more friends who enjoy drinking your home brews quicker!

Watch what you say or you will find yourself in a spot where you cant brew fast enough to keep up with demand, trust me on that!  lol :)

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6 minutes ago, bocklover said:

I dont have any help other than my wife and the guy across the street.  Even kegging 5 gal batches, I cant keep up with the demand.

I'm now up to 8 kegs trying to get the supply line in check. Watch out this is an ADDICTIVE hobby!:D

You aren't kidding!  A few people at work found out that I home brew and it spread like wild fire!  Now I get a few "special requests" a month.  I don't mind b/c I have them pay for the recipe and all I ask in return is a 12pk out of a 5g batch.  This has allowed me to sample beer that I ordinarily wouldn't buy for myself. :)

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3 minutes ago, AnthonyC said:

You aren't kidding!  A few people at work found out that I home brew and it spread like wild fire!  Now I get a few "special requests" a month.  I don't mind b/c I have them pay for the recipe and all I ask in return is a 12pk out of a 5g batch.  This has allowed me to sample beer that I ordinarily wouldn't buy for myself. :)

 

That's a pretty sweet deal!

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1 minute ago, Shrike said:

 

That's a pretty sweet deal!

Only complaint is hearing, "Is it ready yet?"  If you don't home brew than you have trouble realizing that this takes time.

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32 minutes ago, AnthonyC said:

Only complaint is hearing, "Is it ready yet?"  If you don't home brew than you have trouble realizing that this takes time.

 

Very true.  I have a brother-in-law that was rather shocked to hear that I put a batch of American Burleywine in the LBK about 10 days ago that I wouldn't be drinking until next fall and winter.

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1 hour ago, Shrike said:

 

Very true.  I have a brother-in-law that was rather shocked to hear that I put a batch of American Burleywine in the LBK about 10 days ago that I wouldn't be drinking until next fall and winter.

Shrike, you're going to love that recipe.  I let mine sit for a year and it was great.  I have a few left that are now 16 months old & they're fantastic.  I just picked up the NB 5g version of this and reviewers suggest waiting two years before it hits its peak.  Luckily my supply line appears to be nearly infinite, so I'll survive the wait.  Good luck with your recipe!!  ?

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3 hours ago, bocklover said:

I dont have any help other than my wife and the guy across the street.  Even kegging 5 gal batches, I cant keep up with the demand.

I'm now up to 8 kegs trying to get the supply line in check. Watch out this is an ADDICTIVE hobby!:D

I brew 1bbl at a time, but can't find enough time to brew to keep up.  People keep asking me for sixtels and I just don't have them. I'd like to brew more often and maybe after tax season and we move (which we are doing to have a bigger garage for the brewery - we have single car one now, that if empty would barely fit a single car, its tiny!) I'll have the time. :) 

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3 hours ago, AnthonyC said:

You aren't kidding!  A few people at work found out that I home brew and it spread like wild fire!  Now I get a few "special requests" a month.  I don't mind b/c I have them pay for the recipe and all I ask in return is a 12pk out of a 5g batch.  This has allowed me to sample beer that I ordinarily wouldn't buy for myself. :)

Yeah, don't get me started about 'demand' from coworkers. I take in growlers all the time, even my GM asks for some. One coworker asked that I make him a batch for his 21st bday. That was pretty cool and "Black Jack Moran" was born. 

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Oh man!!! What have I gotten myself in to???? Do I cancel the master bathroom remodel and divert the money to building the new brew and bottling room???

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5 minutes ago, PTJ said:

Oh man!!! What have I gotten myself in to???? Do I cancel the master bathroom remodel and divert the money to building the new brew and bottling room???

Yes! :) 

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1 hour ago, PTJ said:

Oh man!!! What have I gotten myself in to???? Do I cancel the master bathroom remodel and divert the money to building the new brew and bottling room???

Yes indeed.  You won't have time to do any of that anyway, brewing is all consuming. 

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2 hours ago, PTJ said:

Oh man!!! What have I gotten myself in to???? Do I cancel the master bathroom remodel and divert the money to building the new brew and bottling room???

 

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:):):)

 

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11 hours ago, PTJ said:

Oh man!!! What have I gotten myself in to???? Do I cancel the master bathroom remodel and divert the money to building the new brew and bottling room???

Reel them in with a few freebies, then charge them after they're hooked.  You will have your own beer cartel.

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On 1/24/2017 at 4:19 PM, Shrike said:

 

Very true.  I have a brother-in-law that was rather shocked to hear that I put a batch of American Burleywine in the LBK about 10 days ago that I wouldn't be drinking until next fall and winter.

 

This is what's going to kill me about the Lock Stock and Barrel that I'll be brewing tomorrow.

 

...I'll probably give in to the temptation to taste it on my birthday at only 3.5 months of conditioning...

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On 1/24/2017 at 3:19 PM, Shrike said:

 

Very true.  I have a brother-in-law that was rather shocked to hear that I put a batch of American Burleywine in the LBK about 10 days ago that I wouldn't be drinking until next fall and winter.

Did you also tell him that recipe costs $50 to yield 22 bottles of beer? Im in my cheap mode yet again, sorry

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20 minutes ago, Creeps McLane said:

Did you also tell him that recipe costs $50 to yield 22 bottles of beer? Im in my cheap mode yet again, sorry

 

 Still, you gotta look at it this way:  that's $2.27 per bottle for a 10% ABV drink.  You're not going to find a deal like that in a store unless your tastes run to this:

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7 hours ago, Creeps McLane said:

Did you also tell him that recipe costs $50 to yield 22 bottles of beer? Im in my cheap mode yet again, sorry

That is a very expensive recipe, considering the yield, but it is worth trying once. I think that the Lock, Stock, and Barrel is very close to the same price.  It actually came out to be more for me b/c I added the third can of Saint Pats HME.  ?

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49 minutes ago, AnthonyC said:

That is a very expensive recipe, considering the yield, but it is worth trying once. I think that the Lock, Stock, and Barrel is very close to the same price.  It actually came out to be more for me b/c I added the third can of Saint Pats HME.  ?

 

I bought the Burleywine and Lock, Stock & Barrel during one of MB's holiday sales, so that brought the price per bottle down even more.  I'm waiting for a 20% sale before getting the Novacaine.

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1 hour ago, Shrike said:

 

I bought the Burleywine and Lock, Stock & Barrel during one of MB's holiday sales, so that brought the price per bottle down even more.  I'm waiting for a 20% sale before getting the Novacaine.

I still have a lot of waiting before I can drink the LS&B, but I loved the Burley Wine... I have a feeling that you will too!  :)

 

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1 hour ago, AnthonyC said:

I still have a lot of waiting before I can drink the LS&B, but I loved the Burley Wine... I have a feeling that you will too!  :)

 

 

Me too.  Mid-April will be the six month conditioning point.  But I think I'm going to have to crack one open on March 17th...just for quality control, of course. :) 

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18 minutes ago, Shrike said:

 

Me too.  Mid-April will be the six month conditioning point.  But I think I'm going to have to crack one open on March 17th...just for quality control, of course. :) 

My supply line is so good (on top of what I have sitting in the bottles already, I have 15 gallons of IPA's in the bucket + brewing 6g worth of Mr. Beer recipes this weekend) that I can afford to wait the entire year.  I think that is what's best for mine especially since I added that 3rd can of HME.  I have a 5g Barley Wine recipe sitting at home as well & from what I've read, I think that it is going to go from brew to drink in about 24mths!  Can you imagine!! 

 

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1 minute ago, AnthonyC said:

My supply line is so good (on top of what I have sitting in the bottles already, I have 15 gallons of IPA's in the bucket + brewing 6g worth of Mr. Beer recipes this weekend) that I can afford to wait the entire year.  I think that is what's best for mine especially since I added that 3rd can of HME.  I have a 5g Barley Wine recipe sitting at home as well & from what I've read, I think that it is going to go from brew to drink in about 24mths!  Can you imagine!! 

 

Wow, and I thought I was being patient by not opening one of my Burleywines until October. :)

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Today was my first bottling day. I too experienced sediment in bottom of fermenter.  Did I not stir enough when brewing? Think I'll buy plastic twist top bottles for next bottling seems to be easier. I used 12 oz bottles and had to cut 1/4 off of carbonation drops per instructions. 750 ml bottles uses the whole drop. Pain!  I feel like such a rookie. Any tips?

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19 minutes ago, Steve Ortiz said:

Today was my first bottling day. I too experienced sediment in bottom of fermenter.  Did I not stir enough when brewing? Think I'll buy plastic twist top bottles for next bottling seems to be easier. I used 12 oz bottles and had to cut 1/4 off of carbonation drops per instructions. 750 ml bottles uses the whole drop. Pain!  I feel like such a rookie. Any tips?

sediment at the bottom of the fermenter is totally normal ,,, that's the trub ,and I always batch prime when I bottle ,,,when your ready read up on that ,,, it's actually quite easy....?

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25 minutes ago, Steve Ortiz said:

Today was my first bottling day. I too experienced sediment in bottom of fermenter.  Did I not stir enough when brewing? Think I'll buy plastic twist top bottles for next bottling seems to be easier. I used 12 oz bottles and had to cut 1/4 off of carbonation drops per instructions. 750 ml bottles uses the whole drop. Pain!  I feel like such a rookie. Any tips?

Sediment AKA Trub  is a GREAT thing!! It means the yeast did it's job.... you want to leave that in the LBK when you bottle (well as much as possible). I use the 750ml bottles (for now) just for simplicity because drop in two Carbo drops, add beer, twist on cap and gently tilt a couple times and boom done. You can use regular table sugar (3/4 teaspoon per 12oz bottle or 2 - 2 1/2 teaspoons for the 750 ml) if you don't wanna cut drops and tilt a couple extra times to make sure sugar is mixed in. Some folks use sugar cubes.....

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1 hour ago, Steve Ortiz said:

Today was my first bottling day. I too experienced sediment in bottom of fermenter.  Did I not stir enough when brewing? Think I'll buy plastic twist top bottles for next bottling seems to be easier. I used 12 oz bottles and had to cut 1/4 off of carbonation drops per instructions. 750 ml bottles uses the whole drop. Pain!  I feel like such a rookie. Any tips?

 

As the others said, that "sediment" is trub, which is a byproduct of fermentation.  It's a sign that...drum-roll please...you made beer! :)  It's perfectly normal and  you should worry if you DON'T have it.
As for bottling, I used to add measured, calculated, customized-to-beer-style table sugar to each bottle, but I recently switched to Domino's Dots sugar cubes.  It simplifies things:  one cube in a 12 oz bottle, two in a 500ml or  "Grolsch"-style pint bottle.
I haven't taken the step to batch priming yet, as Stroomer mentions above, but many choose to do it that way.

ETA:  Oh, and welcome to the forum!

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On January 22, 2017 at 7:47 PM, PTJ said:

Thanks Dale! Let's compare notes when we have our first pour!

We are getting close to first pour......excited?!?!?

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