On Sunday, after 7 weeks of lagering, the Rauchbier was finally bottled up. I added a little more corn sugar to prime with this time since the Maibock‘s carbonation was a little lacking. I also used a sanitized spoon to mix up the beer in the bottling bucket to make sure the priming sugar was well integrated.
The samples out of the fermenter seemed good. No weird tastes. The clarity was there. The color seemed right and the smoke flavor was satisfactory.
My friend Brian came over and helped out. He went home with a case of homebrew. How about that?
I was able to fill up twenty four 22 ounce bottles and seven 12 ounce bottles – just the right number for drinking and submitting to competitions.
We’ll taste it in a month…or sneakily open a bottle for NYE.