Last night I bottled my first batch. I was like a kid on Christmas morning. I was so excited to finally get it bottled. And due to that excitement, I neglected to review the bottling process beforehand and I consequently made a big mistake: I did not use the bottling wand. And worse, I didn’t even use the bottling hose. I simply put each bottle to the spigot, titled the bottle, and opened the spigot letting the beer run down the side of the bottle to the bottom. I was being conscious of oxidation, trying to be as gentle as possible with the flow of the beer into the bottles, but now that I’ve reviewed the bottling process I’m afraid I oxidized my beer. Oh well… that’s what I get for pretending that I knew what I was doing.
Just curious… has anyone else made this mistake, or am I alone on this one? Do you think it will hurt the flavor of my batch? Should I try to drink it faster to avoid the off flavors of oxidation?
Honestly, it’s not a big deal if it hurt the batch. It was basically a crash course to learn the brewing process. I’ve made several newbie mistakes along the way, and despite them, my beer tasted AMAZING for not being carbonated. I’m definitely making more Caribou Slobber in the near future! (and I’ll make sure to bottle it correctly next time)