Yesterday I told you about how we brewed our own beer at Barleycorn’s Craft Brew. It was a very cool experience! Our beer had to sit and ferment for three weeks, so we made an appointment to go back so that we could bottle & label what we made. You saw yesterday that we brewed a huge vat of beer – enough to fill six cases. Yes SIX. That’s a lot of beer, huh?
The first thing we had to do was wash our bottles. We were given the option to bring our own or buy bottles from them for $25. Since we’re really not huge beer drinkers, we bought the bottles from them.
Chris is such a good guy – he did all the washing. After he was done, he & I placed them on these trees to dry a little bit.
Once that was done, we got to work filling our bottles – three at a time. The machine did all the work, though. We just had to put the bottles in, press a button and then remove them when they were filled.
Once they were filled, we had to cap them all (about 150 bottles). Chris did 99% of them because it was harder to press them on than I thought it would be.
Here are about a quarter of our bottles:
While Chris was busy filling and capping the bottles, I was busy cutting and applying the labels.
Here is the glue machine. Once I cut the labels, I ran them through here to apply glue to the back of them.
Then I applied the labels like an old pro.
Here is the finished product:
Chris and I had a good system going and finished up in about two hours.
Here’s the stack of beers we would be leaving with:
My handsome husband carried all of the cases to the car because they were heavy (awwww).
Here’s all our beer loaded into the trunk:
We aren’t huge beer drinkers, so we’ve been sharing it as much as possible. It was definitley an awesome experience and I have to say that the beer really did come out good. We sampled a little bit as we worked.