Bottling Your Beer For Carbonation

Bottling beer Capping the bottle

Using the spigot on the bottling bucket, fill each bottle at least to the neck, but not all the way to the top. You want to leave some breathing room, because carbonation releases gas. If you fill the bottles to the brim, your beers could explode when you uncap them. Simply letting your beer foam a bit while your bottling will keep you from overfilling.

Cap the bottles. Place a bottle cap on the magnetic underside of the capper, touch the bottom of the cap to the top of the bottle, the top of the bottle, and squeeze down on both handles. You won't hear the cap lock around the top of the bottle until you release, so don't squeeze too hard.

Capping the bottle

Store the bottles in a cool, dark place and allow the beer to carbonate. For this recipe, carbonation should take about a week. The more alcohol your beer contains, the longer it will take to carbonate. Sample your finished beer liberally so you can be sure when it's ready.