Do you want to start bottling your own beer but you’re not sure what you’ll need? Before you can bottle your beer you’ll need bottling equipment. If you’ve brewed a 5 gallon batch of beer you’ll need 48 – 12oz bottles or 26 – 22oz bottles. Always clean and sanitize your bottles and caps before you begin the bottling process. Brew, Bottle, and Enjoy.
Equipment Needed for Bottling
- Bottle Filler ($3): This gadget makes filling bottles with homebrew much easier and less messy.
- Butterfly Bottle Capper ($15): This is the easiest and least expensive kind of at-home bottle capper, and it works great. All you have to do is press the arms down to crimp a bottle cap around the lip of the bottle.
- Bottle Caps ($5): You’ll need to use new, unused bottle caps for every batch of beer you bottle. Plain crown caps work just fine.
- Beer Bottles ($12 for 24 bottles): Beer bottles can be used again and again, so keep them and use them as many times as you like! You’ll need about 10 (12-ounce) bottles, 6 (22-ounce) bottles, or 8 (16-ounce swing-top) bottles for a 1-gallon batch of beer. Make sure your bottles are all tinted brown — this protects the beer from UV rays. It’s also fine to reuse bottles saved from store-bought beer (just avoid any with twist-caps). If you buy swing-top bottles, be sure to buy ones that are designed to hold pressurized liquid (any bottles from a homebrewing store are fine; if you’re buying bottles from another source and can’t figure out if the bottles are OK or can’t find someone to ask, then assume the answer is “no”! Hint: IKEA swig-top bottles are not OK for bottling beer.)
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SRC: Learn more about the equipment you need to bottle beer at: www.thekitchn.com/the-equipment-you-need-to-brew-beer-and-where-to-get-it-the-kitchns-beer-school-2015-217248