Bottling day is always an exciting time around these parts. The ale, having spent the better part of a month fermenting, resting and clarifying, is ready to go through the last stage before we can enjoy it.
My most recent brew is a Kölsch. I brewed this same recipe last year, and it was, to say the least, a hit. I take advantage of our super-cold basement during the winter, the perfect condition for the yeast used in this ale.
A quick gravity check, then taste for any off flavors, and then it’s time to bottle.
I know kegging beer is a lot faster, and you don’t have to wait for three weeks while the beer conditions in the bottles. But, there’s just something about all those clean, amber-colored vessels all lined up.
And, there’s something satisfying about capping each bottle, creating a tasty 12 oz., effervescent package of goodness. I almost like beer as much as I like spinning. Fortunately, the two activities can be combined (in modest amounts).
5 Replies to “Bottling Day”
I didn’t know you guys brewed! One of our friends from the community theatre also brews, and we have a date for a lesson from him. If you have any great recipe sources, I’d love to hear about them!
Bottling day! You guys never seize to amaze me… Your own, home made beer! Yum!
Lovely photos. Brewing really appeals to so many of the senses.
Kegs, schmegs. Bottles are definitely best! We are bottling a pale ale this weekend.
Ingredients I get here (fortunately, I can stop by their store):
Recipes are all over the place, so I can’t recommend any one particular source.
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