How to Bottle in under 31 minutes (with pics)

30 minutes 47 seconds, to be exact, including clean-up and taking these silly pictures I’m about to show you. I timed myself from the beginning to the end, just because I was curious how long it actually took.

I start by sanitizing the bottles the easy way. I throw them in the washer on a high temperature ‘sanitize’ setting and let it go. I use 22 oz bottles and use about 26 of them. This does take a little planning. Done:

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Into boxes:

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(You could actually do this on a previous day. I have, although I don’t see a huge benefit. Just make sure to put plastic wrap over the bottles.)

Next, I clean my bottle filler, aka bottling wand, with hot water, which takes about a minute. This little sucker, by the way, really does make things go faster. Get the spring loaded one.

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As you can see, there are two small pieces of tubing on the end, which allows it to attach to my spigot. Next step: um, attach to the spigot:

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Bottle caps, bottler, seat, bench. All of these things, by the way, are located very close to where I bottle, in my garage. That took about two minutes.

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Next, I put two domino sugar cubes in each bottle. This takes a minute, two at the most, occasionally taking a sip of beer.

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Alright, time to fill em up. I fill the bottle, place it on a board next to me, put a cap on top, and continue to fill 11 more bottles. Like this:

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Then cap, label, and box:

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Yes, ‘R’ stands for Russian Imperial Stout. Thanks for asking. When all the bottles are done, put in 70 degree environment (I have a fermentation chamber that I set to 70, otherwise my living room closet does the job).

Cleaning, surprisingly, takes only about 5 minutes, probably less. The pot has a bunch of crap in the bottom. I swish it around, dump into a garbage bag, and dispose:

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Then I rinse and hand wash the pot with cold water, outside faucet. I don’t mess with soap anymore. Clean enough:

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The spigot comes off easily, and I clean it with hot water, along with the bottle filler:

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That’s it folks. The entire process. Notice all the benefits with using One Pot for the entire process. You just bottled 5 gallons in under 31 minutes. Sit on the couch, flex, and have a homebrew.

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Kegging is cool, don’t get me wrong, but it requires tubing and a separate fridge/chest freezer/etc. But bottling doesn’t have to be long, and can be quite enjoyable thank you very much. I can say with a straight face that I don’t mind bottling at all. I actually enjoy spending a little time in the garage, listening to some Bob Dylan, and letting gravity do its thing. But most importantly: I like being done in 30 minutes.

 

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