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    Bottling beer.

    When bottling process is finished what do others here prefer for carbonation 1) Cool dark storage or 2) at room temperature for two weeks. I am a little confused on which one to do to get good carbonation.

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    Re: Bottling beer.

    Either one works, cool dark storage takes a touch longer but probably leads to slightly less off flavors. I usually always give it at least 3 weeks either way before starting to drink any (depends on the type of beer, some require a lot longer). I leave it in cool dark storage though personally.



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    Re: Bottling beer.

    Quote Originally Posted by gharris View Post
    Either one works, cool dark storage takes a touch longer but probably leads to slightly less off flavors. I usually always give it at least 3 weeks either way before starting to drink any (depends on the type of beer, some require a lot longer). I leave it in cool dark storage though personally.

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    Re: Bottling beer.

    We do cool dark storage (basement) for about 4 weeks. My willpower doesn't always let me make it that long though...



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    Re: Bottling beer.

    I am as well storing them in the basement, just wanted other opinions as this is my first ever batch of home brew. Thanks everyone much appreciated.



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    Re: Bottling beer.

    I always carbonate at room temp, when I bottle.



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    Re: Bottling beer.

    Either one works. Just remember that carbonation takes place because the yeast is eating the sugars in the primer. As long as it's not too cold or too hot, you'll be fine.


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    Re: Bottling beer.

    Used to do basement, but haven't brewed lately. Just switched to kegging when I fell off of brewing (kids and a bad work schedule), loved kegs. Save up your christmas money, make the jump.



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    Re: Bottling beer.

    Just put my first kegged brew into the keg on Friday. Janet's Brown Ale. So awesome not having to bottle.



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    Re: Bottling beer.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrOtter View Post
    We do cool dark storage (basement) for about 4 weeks. My willpower doesn't always let me make it that long though...

    Ugh, start kegging. I've finally gotten myself ahead enough that I have the three available faucets have kegs tapped and then 2 additional kegs getting a chance to finally age. I just started brewing over the summer and it's been a constant battle to convince myself that green beer doesn't taste that good.

    My biggest problem is my friends who also don't want to wait. "Stuff tastes great, pour me another and another and another." Man, I couldn't imagine going through all of the bottling process and then sitting and having to wait that additional time for it to carb up.



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    Re: Bottling beer.

    Quote Originally Posted by scyclonekid View Post
    When bottling process is finished what do others here prefer for carbonation 1) Cool dark storage or 2) at room temperature for two weeks. I am a little confused on which one to do to get good carbonation.

    Thanks Cyclones.
    The general rule is to carbonate at around 70 degrees in a dark area. Much warmer than this and you'll get off flavors and probably over carbing. Cooler temps in the mid 60's would be fine but will probably take a bit longer. Any cooler than that and it might not carb at all. I've been brewing for a couple years and I still bottle, although I know kegging, once you get past the start up cost, would be much easier. With bottling, I like the idea of grabbing a sixer if I'm going somewhere. Like tailgating.


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    Re: Bottling beer.

    I do the basement and it's probably a hair under 70F. I always put in the fridge at 2 weeks, it'll taste weak, and I've give it 2 more

    I also kinda like bottling. I plan to go to kegs sometime shortly, but I don't mind bottling one bit.



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    Re: Bottling beer.

    I carb my bottles in a crawlspace under my stairs. It's a PITA to get in there, so I've intentionally made it inconvenient to get to my beers. This has actually worked. For awhile, I had about nine cases in storage.

    I really want to get into kegging though. Bottling is probably my least favorite part of the whole proccess. Any advice on getting equipment to do a basic 2-spout system? Looks like I'll be spending well over $200 for the CO2 tank, regulator, fittings, and corny kegs. Would love if I could find some used equipment, but pretty hard to do in Fort Collins - it gets snatched up quickly.

    I like the idea of having bottled beer to share as well - but for something like tailgating, you could easily fill a growler from your own keg.



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    Re: Bottling beer.

    Check out Corny Keg Depot on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Corny...34769806587758). Good prices on refurbished corny kegs.

    KegConnection.com Home Page is a good place to look for equipment. I got a lot of mine there.



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    Re: Bottling beer.

    I bottle and store in my basement like many others.

    You should be properly carbed after a couple of weeks, longer on bigger beers etc. Bottling isnt that hard although I assume more work than kegging. I do like the flexibility to take a couple with me when I go somewhere (tailgaiting etc) or have a selection of bottles to share with family/friends. You can fill growlers from kegs if you want. I dont know how long those would last (stay fresh and carbed) when comparing them to bottles.

    The nice thing about bottles is you have more flexibility to drink what you want and share many different kinds and you are only limited by the number of different kinds of beer you have vs what is on tap.

    I know its a big debate and if I get tired of bottling I might look into kegs but where I am now I dont plan to upgrade any time soon.


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