This is my second attempt at bottling, and was a whole lot smoother than the first. Preparation is the key – get out everything you’re going to use and sterilise it, and keep calm. The beer in the gallon jar seems to have finished fermenting. There are only very occasion bubbles in the airlock, once every few minutes. The condition of the beer seems much better than last time – the sediment has fallen to the bottom and the beer itself seems quite clear, if very dark. It was relatively easy to syphon off the beer into another demijohn, and from there into bottles. I thought about leaving it in the second demijohn to check that secondary fermentation had started before bottling, but the bottles were ready and waiting and sterilised.