Bottling and barrelling

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Jimbro
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Bottling and barrelling

Post by Jimbro » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:22 am

I have a Geordie bitter which is nearly ready and I am thinking of barrelling half of it and bottling the rest. I can't seem to get my head around the best way to do it. i.e. Should I siphon straight from the bucket into the barrel and then from the barrel into my bottles, and when and how much sugar to add to the barrel? For 500 mL bottles it's half teaspoon of sugar (I use brewing sugar) yes? But since it won't be anywhere near 23L left in the bucket, how much sugar to add to that? :?
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Fil
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Re: Bottling and barrelling

Post by Fil » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:19 pm

You may as well bottle from the PB, and treat it like a bottling bucket and dissolve the priming charge for the whole batch in one..

Then attach some hose/tube to the pb tap (enough to reach the bottom of your bottles, so you can fill from the bottom up and expell air with the beer n foam as it fills without oxygenating the beer..

add 20% more sugar than you would for a full PB that should provide the extra presure to fill the circa 12l extra headroom and maintain a similar condition that your used to And provide the bottles with a bit more fiz which is generally a characteristic of bottled versions..

fwiw general priming for a 5 gallon pb would be in the range 80-16og.. so i would suggest perhaps about 100-110g should be about right for a moderate/low level of condition suitable for a session bitter
ist update for months n months..
Fermnting: not a lot..
Conditioning: nowt
Maturing: Challenger smash, and a kit lager
Drinking: dry one minikeg left in the store
Coming Soon Lots planned for the near future nowt for the immediate :(

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Re: Bottling and barrelling

Post by Jimbro » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:14 am

Thanks for that, it makes more sense in my own mind now and priming the barrel first would be a lot easier. I think I'll add 110g of priming sugar 😁.
Wish me luck lol.

After 2 weeks in the bucket it's still gurgling 😳🤓.

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Re: Bottling and barrelling

Post by Fil » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:26 pm

bubbling is only an indicator of fermentation check gravity readings to be sure..


fwiw a brew thats finished sat where its slowly warming up will continue to release co2 as the warming up will reduce the level of co2 disolved in the brew and it will be released providing ypu with bubbles out of an airlock although the brew has finished fermenting..

Not saying this is the case but the only way to be sure is a gravity check ;)
ist update for months n months..
Fermnting: not a lot..
Conditioning: nowt
Maturing: Challenger smash, and a kit lager
Drinking: dry one minikeg left in the store
Coming Soon Lots planned for the near future nowt for the immediate :(

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Re: Bottling and barrelling

Post by WalesAles » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:31 pm

Jimbro wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:14 am

After 2 weeks in the bucket it's still gurgling 😳🤓.
Jimbro,
Put the Airlock in the Bin.
When doing your next Brew, put a sterilised and rinsed Hydrometer in the FV on day 10.
Take readings for the next 3 days (leave the Hydro in the FV), if all the same, bottle or Keg on day 14.
And Relax. :D

WA

Jimbro
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Re: Bottling and barrelling

Post by Jimbro » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:09 am

Hi Walesales, I normally take readings anyway, I just found the life of this one amusing lol.
I'm keg/bottling today or tomorrow.
Are you in Wales with that name? I'm up N.Wales 😁

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Re: Bottling and barrelling

Post by Jimbro » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:42 am

Bottled and kegged, now for a little patience :-)

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