Around 2pm I brought my computer for work downstairs and started cleaning the bottles that my parents had purchased in the morning. Because they were new, I washed them all by hand first just to make sure all the particulate matter from the warehouse was off of them. My dad and I debated a little while about how to fully sanitize the bottles. The instructions that we read said to leave the bottles in a bleach-water mixture for half an hour, but we were planning on boiling them like how you would baby bottles. We hemmed and hawed about it for a while because we wanted to do what the directions said, but didn't really want to have to deal with a bleach-water mixture. We decided to go with our first plan and boil the bottles. I did them in three batches.
|We are siphoning the first step of fermented beer into a clean jug with a diluted simple syrup mixture to prime the beer. Priming is what makes the beer carbonated. The sugar is basically food for the yeast to create carbonation.|
After reading and reading about sanitation and not wanting to get any bacteria growth in our beer, we were finally ready. Our tube, funnel, and jug were ready for priming and then my dad went to siphon. I hope that his siphoning didn't ruin the whole sanitation process. I'm not really sure what other way to siphon though.
|We tried using a coffee filter to catch all the sediment at the bottom of the carboy, but the filter didn't drain fast enough and was clogging our funnel so that the beer threatened to spill over the top of the funnel.|
|We loaded our bottles into a pot so that we didn't make a mess when filling them up.|
|Filling the bottles|
|Why is it that Christopher always seems to do stuff with his hood on? He looks like a hoodlum!|
|Using the capper for the bottle caps|