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Old 10-22-2008, 01:04 AM   #11
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The only thing that will truly "kill" yeast is Campden tablets (used as sterilisant in wine) but that will make bottle-carbing impossible. I don't suspect it will drop more than 1 or 2 additional points. I would let it ride out. I just wanted to mention the *possibility* just in case it were to result in bottle bombs. I don't think it *WILL* happen. I'm just putting it out there as a slight factual possibility.
Agreed, but I've read that Campden tablets won't necessarily stop yeast when fermentation really gets going.
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:06 AM   #12
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Agreed, but I've read that Campden tablets won't necessarily stop yeast when fermentation really gets going.
Very possible. I don't know the answer to that. The only time I've tried to use C-den to stop ferment was with Brettanomyces. And it didn't work.

Now that I have a bottle, I pretty much just use C-den to bust the chloramines out of my water before I mash in.
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Now that I have a bottle, I pretty much just use C-den to bust the chloramines out of my water before I mash in.
It took me a while to learn this, but a very good idea.
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A few Campden tablets plus 1/2tsp per gallon of potassium sorbate will stop fermentation. Search for "stabilizing wine".

If you do this you will want to degas the beer before kegging to remove the excess SO2 from the Campden tabs (it does not taste good). A sanitized mash paddle in the carboy agitating for 2-3 minutes will do the job.

If you do this the yeast will be dead and you will have to force carbonate. If you want to bottle you are out of luck and will have to let the fermentation run its course...

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