How the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area has been able to maintain its exclusivity while tucking away one of America’s most brewery-enriched and beautiful landscapes is a mystery. Only in a few places can one indulge in custom golden elixirs while looking to an eclectic blend of mountains. It is a wonder that the town has been able to hold the world’s largest archive of weather data and still flood with friendliness of a bygone time.
Like any other mountains area, the region attracts its fair share of tourist, but it hasn’t been until recently that Asheville became recognized as the best place to start a business in the state of North Carolina. It holds the highest rate of craft brew consumption in the Southeastern part of the US. Of course it’s impossible to pour the city’s splendor into words, but a quick “how to” on the endeared beer bottling process gives a taste of what many of West North Carolina’s population are fortunate to indulge in.
Like any beverage storing process, it begins with sanitizing your bottles and caps. Mix 1 to 2 ounces of bleach into 5 gallons of water and soak your beer bottles for a minimum of 45 minutes. Use either vodka or a very weak solution of bleach and water to sanitize the caps. Use the bleach and water mixture to sanitize your bucket, siphon hose, racking cane and bottle filler as well.
- Rinse your bottles and caps thoroughly. Be sure there is nothing left in the bottles before filling.
- Dissolve corn sugar into one cup of water. Place on the stove and boil for 10 minutes.
- Place fermenter on your kitchen counter. Place the bucket on the floor under the fermenter.
- Pour the corn sugar solution into the bottling bucket.
- Slowly siphon the beer from the fermenter into the bucket. Leave some beer at the bottom of the fermenter so you don’t siphon the sediment. Put the bucket up on the counter when it is full.
- Attach the racking cane, siphon hose, and bottle filler to the bucket.
- Begin filling each bottle leaving some room in the neck of the container when filling. Cap each bottle as you fill them and place them in a cool dark place. Let them sit for two weeks if possible. After that you’re ready to enjoy the rewards of brewing your own beverage.
If your product turns up good quality and enthuses you, perhaps business expansion and relocation to Asheville may an option for you.