Last Sunday morning was bottling day here at Castle Turling for our very first brew, a brown ale. I spent quite some time getting through two cases in order to have enough bottles. Then, the day before bottling day while I was washing all of the bottles I realized twelve of them were twist offs! This will never do! So, I had a choice, buy 12 bottles or drink all 12 of the Sierra Nevada Celebration's I had in the refrigerator. Mrs. Turling gave me the raised eyebrows when I told her of my predicament that could only mean one thing. I was buying 12 bottles.
The one thing I am noticing about this whole brewing process is the dedication to cleanliness. Now, I garden and build furniture, neither of which would be considered clean pastimes, so this takes a little work for me. I washed down all of the bottles and then needed to sanitize them. Our dishwasher has a sanitize function! Saved! Into the dishwasher they went.
See? It says it right there. Sanitized.
If my brew goes bad due to unsanitarinous (I'm pretty sure that's a word), then Kenmore owes me a few bucks!
After sanitizing the bottles, I set in to sanitizing everything else. Including me. Ok, I just washed my hands, but that's better then usual. After transferring the brew out of the fermenting bucket and into the bottling bucket that contained my priming sugar, it was a hop, skip and a jump to get it into the bottles. The kit worked like a charm containing everything I needed to make two cases.
I did taste the beer prior to going into the bottles, though, and I'm a little concerned. The beer carbonates while in the bottles, so it's flat coming out of the fermenting bucket. But, this brew had a sweetness to it I just didn't like. Hopefully, it was caused by it being flat, but we'll find out in two weeks. In the meantime, I'm thinking a pale ale might be my next target...