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Old 11-08-2017, 08:48 AM   #11
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Rule One - Don't worry. Beer and God are very forgiving.

Rule Two - Stop messing with it. Neither of the above are totally forgiving.

Rule Three - After bottling leave it alone for at least four weeks before tasting it.

Rule Four - Get your next brew going as soon as you have bottled this one.

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Old 11-08-2017, 04:00 PM   #12
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Thank you all for the responses. It all sounds like great advice.

I should mention I took the muslin bag containing the dry hops out after 10 days ( I know I got it all wrong), but panicked that it was making the beer too bitter). So all the sludge from that is contained.

It looked fairly clear on Wednesday, I will check it again tomorrow, and if the reading is the same (1010), I'll bottle it I think.

I washed the bottles in soapy water and rinsed thoroughly. let dry and stored in closed cardboard boxes ( a couple of months ago). I'll do the same with sterilising powder before bottling.

With the FV I got, there is a tap, on the bottom, which attaches a tube which is supposed to have a sediment catcher. Not sure if it works or is any good, but is meant for bottling.

So after that, airing cupboard (or somewhere warn for 2 weeks, than rack for 2-3 weeks, and consume in great quantity

Sounds like a plan.

I like the idea of having bottles instead of a barrel I think, mainly because it's easier to carbonate? certainly chill before drinking and give away maybe. We'll see.

Any I'll let you know how it goes.
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All bottled up sitting in the spare bedroom. Very exciting!
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Update: I tried my first bottle last night. All in all very impressed. Good head, some fizz, not too murky, and most importantly it tastes pretty good. Certainly good enough for me to get through 40 pints
It's a bit early I think, as its only been bottled for 3 weeks, but couldn't resist.

Also I started another brew a week ago. Youngs kit again, this time the new work saison. this time this one is bubbling away, and I bought a heated mat for it, as its likes the warm apparently. Anyway will bottle that at the weekend I think.
All going good. Thanks for the advice fellas.
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