Since I have started doing “stuff” with my beer that I brew, I have begun to notice the need to revisit one of the more basic aspect of brewing; bottling. For me it’s a rather contentious relationship. When I got into brewing, it was to have beer on tap. Nothing more.
With my recent misadventures in actually drinking the beer that I was bottling, I have noticed a significant difference in the product I get out of the tap and what I get out of the bottle. At first, I realized I had problems with oxidation. That was easy enough to solve, but now I appear to have problems with carbonation and with a metallic off taste.
First off, the way that I bottle is I take the brew from out of the secondary and put it into the keg. I add my 3/4 cup dex at this point. Once it’s all filled up, I put some CO2 pressure on the keg to make sure it’s sealed and shake enough to mix the dex and the brew. After this I use a party tap with a filling wand to fill the bottles. Easy enough.
There are a few holes I was able to locate in my process that may have caused the problems I am having;
1) Too much dex- For my latest brew, I dialed it down to 1/2 cup
2) Not rinsing – I use one-step and supposedly you are supposed to be able to do everything in “one step”, but this might not be true as I have been doing that and I have flavor problems
3) Party tap – There might be something between the party tap and the wand that is causing an off flavor. I think the way to test this would be to resort to the bottling bucket
I am open to suggestions on anything that might be causing me problems here. I am going to slowly address each of these issues and see where I stand. Hopefully it’s nothing serious because the beer I have been kegging has been good. Technically the bottled beer should be no different.
While so far it appears that I am the “loser” in this battle, the guys at MNB were kind enough to share their credit card information on their video so that I can get some of the parts that I need to make my brewery complete; it’s mighty big of those guys to do that.