Have you finally made up your mind about making your own beer? Is the fermentation finally complete and your brew days over? If the answers are yes, it’s bottling time.
Since your thirst must be all-time high by now from all that waiting and anticipation, you need to make sure that your carefully brewed precious nectar stays in a drinkable shape. To make sure it does, you need to package it properly. So, without any further ado, here’s what you should do.
To bottle your own beer, you need bottles. There are two options here:
- 12 oz. longneck
- 22 oz. bomber
It all depends on your personal preferences, but if you can’t make up your mind, the best option is to go with a combination. Bombers are the best for sharing with friends, while longnecks are your best option for personal savings.
Since you’ll need to cap those bottles at the end to keep your beer fresh, the best thing to do is go with bottles with a flat collar, as it works the best with most cappers. We don’t recommend twist-off style bottles, as you can’t reuse these or put a standard cap on them.
2. Bottle Caps
There are two main types of caps: oxygen-absorbing and standard. Standard caps are the most commonly used caps and are among the best options for properly sealing the beer in. When bottling your beer, it’s crucial to keep outside air out.
So, standard caps are your best option, as these go well with any bottle capper. One more good thing about standard bottle caps is that they are also a good choice for adding your personal style and touch to your beer package. You can easily personalize and customize them to better fit your needs.
On the other hand, the oxygen-absorbing caps are a bit more flashy and fancy. These caps are equipped with a special liner that was designed with a single purpose of keeping your beer fresh by retaining and absorbing oxygen.
Oxygen exists in the tiny headspace between the cap and the liquid. These caps are the best if you plan on stashing your beer bottles for a very long time, as they are perfect at preventing your beer from the potential of oxidation.
Now, all that’s left for you is to find a good bottle capper, although you can ask for professional help from companies who are into bottle capping.