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The preferred type of bottles are brown glass ones that have normal tops (not the twist-off kind) that are going to accept a cap from the bottle capper. Green glass bottles are also alright; the concept is to not allow light in the bottle. Based on the bottle size you will need to do some basic calculations. A 5 gallon batch of beer is approximately 640 ounces; therefore if you are using 12 ounce bottles you're going to want about 54. If you select 16 ounce bottles you are going to want to have 40 bottles. It is a good plan to have a few extra bottles in the event there is a problem or a minor miscalculation.
Once again cleanliness is one of the most crucial things. It is VERY important that all of your bottles are thoroughly cleaned before they can be sanitized, specifically when you are reusing bottles. The easiest method to clean your bottles is to soak them in a cleaning solution and scrub them inside and outside using the bottle brush. Some great cleaning solutions are PBW (Powdered Brewery Wash), B-Brite and Easy Clean. You may want to put on clean rubber gloves when you are cleaning and sanitizing. The solutions that you'll be using might cause skin irritation.
The next step is to sanitize all your bottling equipment and bottles. There are a number of sanitizers to select from. Some of the common solutions are Star San, and 5-Star. Add the specified quantity of sanitizer to your bottling bucket and to an additional 5 gallon bucket then fill both with water. Place all of the bottling equipment that will come in contact with the beer in the sanitizing solution within the bottling bucket. Use the extra bucket to soak the bottles. Put as many bottles as you're able to in the sanitizing solution being sure that they are totally submerged. When the bottles have been in the sanitizing solution for the appropriate period of time (read through the sanitizer manufacturer's instructions) remove and allow them to drain. Continue doing this until all the bottles are sanitized. Empty the sanitizing solution from the bucket. Almost all the sanitizers are "no rinse" so you won't have to worry about rinsing any of the bottling equipment or bottles.
While your bottling equipment is soaking in the sanitizing solution you should make the priming solution. The most typical choice for priming sugar is corn sugar. It's a simple sugar and will not have an effect on the taste of your beer. For this step add 2 cups of water to a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Combine ?? cup of corn sugar and stir slowly until it is completely dissolved. Put a lid on the saucepan and remove it from the burner.
Take time to arrange your bottling area. Make sure that all the bottling equipment is easy to get to. Carefully place your fermenter on the counter or table, try to avoid disturbing the sediment on the bottom. Additionally it is recommended to take a few notes. Document the date of the bottling and all other noteworthy things about the beer. Once it is fully carbonated, the beer is finally ready to put in the fridge and enjoy.