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49 Bottles of Wedding Ale

2011 March 12
by Chris

Our wedding beer has finished fermenting and today was bottling day.  We mixed in a little extra sugar to feed the yeast and then filled up 49 bottles of our American Wheat Ale.

If you’re wondering, we still have not yet decided on a name for the beer.  I’ll probably continue to refer to it generally as “Wedding Ale” until we start designing the labels, which we will probably be doing in the next month or so.

clean equipment

Anything that touches the beer must be completely sterile

Bottling is a fairly easy process, but it’s very tedious.  Luckily, I had some help from Katy and worked on it while we watched our Tar Heels win their ACC Tournament game over Clemson.

Now the beer will use the extra sugar to produce just enough carbon dioxide over the next two weeks to carbonate our beer.  Once it’s nice and bubbly, we’ll taste it (of course!) and then put it in the fridge where it will age for the next few months (unless we drink it) until the wedding.  After we brew a few more batches, we may be looking for some extra fridge space, so if anyone has some room in their fridge and can promise not to drink too much of it, we may be giving you a call!

We also saved the yeast that had settled to the bottom while fermenting.  We’ll re-use this yeast in our next batch so that we don’t have to buy more (a savings of about $7!).

clean beer bottles

50 Bottles full of sanitizer

49 bottles of wedding ale

After capping, we had 49 bottles of home brew

home berw wheat ale

After fermenting, all of the signs pointed to a successful batch! Now we will just wait for it to carbonate!

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6 Responses
  1. Helen permalink
    March 12, 2011

    LOVE the blog! If you guys need fridge space in CH, tell Katy to give me a call — one of the many benefits of living alone :)

    So happy things are going well for y’all!

    • March 14, 2011

      @Helen, thanks for the offer! We should really see you more often since we’re both still around!

      @Chance, I think we might stick to Helen’s fridge to guarantee beer for the wedding ;)

  2. March 12, 2011

    Thanks Helen! We will definitely keep that in mind. It will probably be at least a couple of months before we run out of space (each batch takes about a month to make, and we have room for a couple here), but we will let you know if/when we need it!

  3. March 13, 2011

    If I wasn’t in TX I could offer fridge space, although there would be no promises that any would be left. The white caps look awesome, I just did a batch with white caps and really think they look sharp.

  4. becki permalink
    April 23, 2011

    I saw your bottles full of sanitizer first and I was like OH no! Those bottles will explode! Then I saw it said sanitizer! and in fact you left head room! I made 100 bottles of ale and hafenweizen for daughter wedding June 25th!

    • April 23, 2011

      Hi Becki! Yes, we definitely would not fill them quite that full of beer! That could be disastrous.

      How did your beer turn out for your daughter’s wedding?

      So far our first batch was great (had to taste a couple, so there are only 47 of those left!). We have another 10 gallons fermenting now, so hopefully they will be just as good!

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