Step by Step Instructions for Bottling your Home-brew

Written by Tristan Fanning on September 1, 2021

Step 1:Prepare your Priming Sugar

Boil 5 ounces of priming sugar in 2 cups of water and stir it to dissolve. Allow the solution to cool and gently pour it into your bottling bucket. Remember, everything must be sanitized.

Step 2: Rack your Beer to the bottling bucket

Rack your beer into your bottling bucket so that the beer mixes with the priming solution evenly. If you are using our deluxe kit, your bottling bucket is the 6.5 gallon bucket w/ the spigot attached that you used for primary fermentation.

Step 3: Prepare your bottles and bottling cane

Attach one end of a tube to your spigot and the other end to your bottling cane.  

Sanitize every bottle and all of your caps.  There are 2 ways to do this, you can put each bottle in sanitizer or you can put the bottles in the dishwasher to heat sanitize your bottles DO NOT USE DETERGENT if you run your bottles through your dishwasher on the sanitary cycle.

Step 4: Bottle your beer!

Put your bottling cane into a bottle so that the tip is depressed against the bottom of the bottle. When the beer reaches the very top of the bottle, pull the cane out and set the bottle aside to be capped.

The bottle in the picture to the Left shows the correct fill level once you remove your bottling cane from the bottle.

Step 5: Cap the Beer bottles

Repeat Step 4 45-50 more times, then cap the bottles.

Step 6: Wait for the beer to carbonate

DO NOT REFRIGERATE YOUR BOTTLES.  They will not carbonate.

 Continue to pace the floor for 10-14 days.  Ideally, put your next beer into secondary and brew another beer so the wait is even less excruciating next time.

Step 7: Enjoy your beer!

 Refrigerate a couple of bottles.

Open and enjoy.  Repeat as necessary.

Brew more beer!!!!

We hope this helps, and have fun on your brew day!  Remember, it wouldn’t be home brewing without a mishap, so don’t freak out if you forget something or make a mistake.  It happens to everyone, and you are likely to still end up with a mighty fine beer.  Cheers!