There are generally 3 ways to package your beer: in bottles, cans or kegs.

Beer bottling

Beer Bottling is generally the first (and sometimes only) packaging option explored. The classic method is fairly easy, inexpensive and requires very little equipment.

Beer Bottling

Counter pressure Beer Bottling

Counterpressure beer bottling is for afficionados of pressure fermentation. It requires a little equipment and experience, but when properly mastered, it guarantees optimal freshness of the beer served.

Counter pressure beer bottling

Kegging

Kegging is a very interesting option when you want to serve your beer directly (from a kegerator or serving fridge). Although it requires more equipment and experience than beer bottling, it has many advantages. Fermentation can take place in the keg, and the beer can be served directly from the keg. No transfer means no contact with oxygen and otpimal preservation of the beer. Another advantage is that if you're doing a classic fermentation and you want to transfer to a keg for serving, there's only one operation to do: it's like putting your beer in one big bottle (or rather can). This saves time and energy, and is the choice of more and more brewers. With a little willpower, it's even possible to get started as a beginner.

Kegging

Canning Beer

Canning is a new alternative to beer packaging. Like kegging, it requires a little equipment and experience. However, a can has more advantages than a bottle. It's totally opaque, which means absolutely no light can get through (hops hate UV rays, and bottles offer only partial protection). Sealing a can is safer than crimping a cap, as it provides better protection from oxygen. Cans are also lighter, stronger and easier to store. In short, they offer optimum protection for beer.

Canning beer

Cleanning

Whether kegging or bottling, home brewing requires special attention to cleaning and disinfecting equipment. It would be a shame to spoil a good fermentation when it comes to beer bottling !

Cleanning products