There is a chance I’m making too many presumptions, but I trust everyone remembers that Vigilante Brewing Co is my own name for my very new homebrewing company I started just a little while ago. Maybe there will come a time when I don’t feel the need to tell everyone who Vigilante is, but I really don’t foresee that time coming very soon. So far I have only really brewed one complete beer: Happy Amber Anniversary. However, I am currently a little ways into getting my second concoction into bottles. Even though I’ve gone through this process once, I realized approaching bottling time that I have a few questions regarding some of the things I will need to do when bottling this one. I’m hoping I can get a good idea of how I should go about finishing off this brew.
Question 1: What is the best way to filter the beer when moving it from the secondary to the bottling bucket? This is really the biggest question I have. This beer has more sediment in it than my previous bottle. Plus, I had to dry hop this one, so it contains even more hops floating around in the secondary. I’m trying to figure how best to make sure all of that junk doesn’t get into the bottles. I was thinking of making some type of filter at the end of the tube with cheesecloth or something, but I’m not sure if that is the best way to go about it. I’m also concerned about getting to much air in the beer when trying to filter it. What are some methods that have worked well for some other people before? I just want to produce the best beer possible.
Question 2: What is the best way to clean used bottles? The bottles I used last time had never had liquid in them. Therefore, I used the dishwashing machine, without soap, to sanitize them. I read somewhere that the heat cycle can be used to sanitize the bottles. This time, however, I’m concerned that I need to also clean out all of the garbage that may still be in the bottles. I rinsed the bottles after using them, but I am sure that are still things in there that need to get cleaned out. How do I make sure I get everything out? Also, along the same lines, how do I best get the labels off the bottle? I have some ideas for this one, but I want to see if there is something I haven’t thought of.
Questions 3: Why do I have to add a second batch of yeast three days before I bottle? The previous batch I made sent you all of the ingredients and you just pieced them together. This time I’m following a recipe and buying all the ingredients myself. It’s really essentially the same thing, but there are different instructions to follow that I didn’t need to do the last time. Is there anything I should keep in mind adding a second batch of yeast, and should I be concerned about any additional stuff to filter out adding the second batch? I’m not sure why I’m a little worried about screwing this batch up. I think it’s because I paid for all of these ingredients this time, and I feel like it’s kind of more my baby!
I think this covers all the questions I have about my upcoming brew. I want to make sure it’s amazing, and I’m most worried about getting a lot of sediment in the bottles. Any advice you have for me will be appreciated, so I hope I get some good feedback. Help Vigilante Brewing Co become the next best thing in Washington DC!