Poll: to bottle or not to bottle

How do you cap your bottles?

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I’ve found I want to replace my aging wing capper with bench capper, I’m wondering what you use to cap, and if you like it. Please comment with type of capper if you are a big fan of it, or hate what you have.

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Bottle conditioning hack.

I’ve struggled getting proper carbonation on some of my bottles, specifically my sour saison. When I finished reading the chapter on packaging in American Sour beers, and it didn’t have any better advise than test and see. I then realized my friend JD had a really great hack for knowing the progress of your bottle conditioning. When bottle conditioning he fills a pet soda bottle along with his regular bottles. You’ll be able tell if your beer is carbonating as expected by the pressure building in the soda bottles. Bonus points if you use a brown root beer bottle, which will prevent the beer from being light struck. I can take no credit for this tip, it’s a lesson I should have learned long ago.

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What’s the oldest homebrew you have saved?

As I sit having a bottle of my first batch from early 2011, I’m wondering how old is your oldest homebrew you have on hand? I’ve got another bottle of the first batch, and two of my second batch 3/11. After that I don’t have another bottle saved from before 12/12. Since I started kegging, the beers I do bottle are for specific purposes, and end up consumed. Just reciently did I start putting up a few bottles of bigger beverages for longer term storage. So, how old is the oldest bottle of your homebrew do you have in your cellar?

What is your Water treatment?

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