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Old 10-07-2008, 08:07 PM   #1
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Never had this problem before! On my last 2 beers, I pour pure foam from the bottle. Normal pop when I remove the cap, no foam-over, but as soon as I pour it in the glass, it all turns to foam.

I opened a 4 month old bottle (been bottled for 4) of my imperial amber, and it did the same thing. I never had any problems before from this same batch.

The first 2 batches were all-grain with safeale 04, the imperial amber was liquid yeast. All were carbonated in the same manner.

The only difference I can come up with is all of these batches were crash cooled and MAY have been bottled cold. But the IA was fine from the bottle for months. I am perplexed

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Old 10-07-2008, 08:10 PM   #2
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Gusher infection setting in long after bottling?

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Old 10-07-2008, 08:14 PM   #3
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I've had the same problem a couple of times without cold crashing. I don't think it's a long-term bottle infection. Most of them happen after 3-4 weeks in the bottle.

I'm interested in theories, also.

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Old 10-07-2008, 08:15 PM   #4
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I had a couple month old porter start doing that...when it was young it was fine...now they all gush...I voted for gusher infection..

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Old 10-07-2008, 08:21 PM   #5
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They aren't actual gushers, though. The top pops off normally, nothing comes out, all in liquid form. Doesn't seem over-pressurized. As soon as the beers hits the pint glass- boom- instant foam. Foam is so thick it can suspend a toothpick- standing up, with maybe 1/2" stuck into the foam.

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I experienced similar too. My thoughts were that the beer was not quite done fermenting when bottled leaving extra sugar that was later fermented in the bottle.

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Try letting them sit in the fridge for a week or two. It may help the CO2 to even itself out.

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Old 10-08-2008, 01:16 PM   #8
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Uncap and recap them. That often fixes bottle overcarbonation, or you can just deal with that batch. It sounds like you got a bit more fermentation in the bottle than you had hoped, for whatever reason.


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warm glass?

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Too much Cara-Pils?

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