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30 Mar
2010

Will My Home Beer Clear Up Much After Bottling?

I just finished bottling my home brew, and I felt like it was in the fermenter for plenty long (2.5 weeks), but the beer still looks a bit cloudy in the bottles.

Will the beer clear up much while it gets carbonated in the bottles?

The Beer is still a bit clowdy in the bottles and I am a little worried that I should have left it in the fermenter a little longer. At first glance it appeared pretty clear when I started filling up all the bottles, but after getting them into the bottles and holding them up to the light, I can definitly tell that they are still a little cloudier than most beers.It seems like it would be ok if it was a Hefinweizen, but its not.

I was just wondering if the beer would clear up at all while sitting in the bottles becoming carbonated?

Also, does the beer continue to ferment in the bottle before you refrigerate it? If so, how much more alcohol will be added to the beer?

Feel free to post a comment if you have any info that might help!

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30 Mar
2010
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BrewCraft Home Brewing Kit, Bottling the Beer

Alright, so last night was day 17 in the fermenter for my Brewcraft English Mild Draught Ale. I took the readings with the hydrometer and the alcohol content appeared to be just about right, and the clarity of the beer cleared up a lot since the last time I checked it 4 days prior. The instructions were a little unclear in this section as to if you need to add any dextrose (corn sugar) to the beer before bottling. It never mentioned that at all. All the brewing videos and book I had read about home brewing suggested to do so. So I went ahead and boiled 3/4 cup of Dextrose with 16 oz of water for a few minutes.  Then I let it cool for a little while and added it to the beer that I had siphoned into the bottling bucket. I stirred gently trying not to get to many air bubbles into the beer.

Now it was time to bottle!!! After cleaning all the supplies and bottles, I began filling them up one by one. The siphoning system that comes with the Brewcraft home brewing kit works great. I would definitely recommend doing the bottling part of the beer making with another person. This process is a little tricky to manage for first timers. A second set of hands will make a world of difference for you. And even if you aren’t a first timer, having a second set of hands would allow you to be able to do the same amount of work in less than half the time.
After bottling all the beers, I capped them all and rinsed any beer off the outside of the bottles that may have dripped while filling them up.

Now I have to wait another week or so before trying these bad boys!  The beer smelled great while bottling and cant wait to try it!!

I ended up with 40 – 12oz. beers, and 7 – 22oz beers!

Has anyone ever tried the Brewcraft English Mild Draght ale kit? If so, feel free to post a comment and let me know what you thought of it!

26 Mar
2010
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How Long Does My Beer Need to Ferment? Is My Beer Done Fermenting? Fix Leaking Fermenter Lid

Being new to the brewing process, and having some instructions that arent very clear, I wasnt sure how to tell if my beer was done fermenting?

The instructions say to let it ferment for 10-20 days. That is a pretty big window, how am i supposed to know if the beer is done fermenting after 10 days or 20 days?

I can’t rely on watching the airlock bubble, becasue the lid for the plastic bucket that it is fermenting in has a slow leak, so the airlock doesnt bubble anymore. So it was day 13 of the the fermenting process last night when I opened the lid up. The Beer looked a bit clowdy still, so i tested the alcohol content with the hydrometer and it was only at about 3.5% alcohol by volume. The beer is supposed to be at about 4.3% when finished.

Fixing the slow Leak in the Fementer –

So I snapped the lid back on, and tried to get the best seal that I could. I tried putting it on a few diffreent ways, and finall I got an air tight seal, and the airlock started bubbling again.

Those plastic lids on the fermenter buckets are fussy. It seems like you should just be able to snap all sides down and have a strong seal, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all. The way I was able to get the air tight seal was by snapping down 3 sides of the lid. Then when I got to the last clasp on the plastic lid, I tried to put a lot of weight on that side, while stretching the lid over in the direction of the last clasp, while snapping it down tightly. This took a few tries, but when I got that airtight seal, I noticed the water level in the air lock slowly start to move and bubble.

The Airlock has been bubbling since and I think that I will leave the beer in there for about 3 more days and check it again to see if the yeast has settled to the bottom, and what the alcohol content is at.

Could the fact that the lid had a slow leak in it, and didnt have an air tight seal prolong the fermenting process a little?