Bottling your homemade beer is the final rewarding step after weeks of brewing and fermentation. It’s important to bottle your beer properly to allow for ideal carbonation levels and preserve the intended flavors. Here are the key steps to easily bottle beer at home:

  1. Sanitise all bottling equipment including bottles, caps, bottling wand, tubing, etc with a good quality sanitising solution. Sanitising is crucial to avoid bacteria or wild yeast contamination.
  2. Prepare your priming sugar solution by boiling a priming sugar like corn sugar or dextrose with water according to your recipe’s specifications. This will provide the new food for the remaining yeast to create carbonation in the bottles. Another easy option is to use carbonation drops.
  3. Gently transfer your flat beer from the fermentation vessel to a sanitised bottling bucket, being careful to leave as much sediment behind as possible.
  4. Add your prepared priming sugar solution to the bottling bucket and gently stir to distribute it through the beer. Or add in 1 or 2 carbonation drops.
  5. Use your bottling wand or bottle filler and tubing to fill each sanitised bottle to within 1-inch of the top, leaving just the right air gap for carbonation.
  6. Cap the bottles with sanitised bottle caps.
  7. Store the bottles upright at room temperature out of direct light for 2-3 weeks to allow for carbonation to occur.

Then your homebrew is ready to refrigerate and enjoy!

Why is Beer in a Brown Bottle?

You may have noticed that most beers come packaged in brown glass bottles rather than clear ones. This is because beer is extremely light-sensitive.

Ultraviolet light and blue wavelength light can cause a compound in hops called isohumulone to break down and create a skunky, unpleasant odor and taste in the beer. Brown bottles block nearly all of this light wavelength from reaching the beer, preventing light strike and preserving the intended hop flavors.

Some clear or green bottles are acceptable for storing beer as long as it is kept in a dark environment unexposed to light while in the bottle.