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Old 09-06-2006, 01:56 PM   #1
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Default Severe overcarbonation: will it get better, or worse?

So, it's been 2 weeks since I bottled my Mango-Peach Wit.

I "dry-hopped" for the final week of secondary with peach and mango slices; when I bottled, it smelled very, very alcoholic, like grain alcohol fumes. I was worried about bottle bombs, since there was a chance that there were still an excess of unfermented sugars in there, in addition to the priming sugar.

After 1 week, I tried a 12oz bottle. Tiny bit of carbonation, figured I'd wait another week to try again.

Tried another last night, like I said, 2 weeks post-bottling. As soon as I popped the cap, it started to foam over. Not wanting to lose a drop, I sucked the foam down (oh, the most delicious foam I've ever had!) and poured the glasses when it subsided. It was, quite frankly, one of the best beers I've ever had. Yes, I'm extremely proud of our efforts. But I do wonder whether this problem of overcarbonation will get better, or worse, with time. Thoughts?

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Old 09-06-2006, 02:16 PM   #2
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Will it get better? No, not in my experience. You have a hope in that it will probably vary from bottle to bottle. My guess is little chunks of your fruit have made it to the bottle causing gushing.

Try opening them slowly, the gush will creep up the neck as you release the cap, open it just enough to let it start to creep up and stick it in the sink until the pressure equalizes.

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Old 09-06-2006, 04:27 PM   #3
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If you keep them real cold before drinking that might help too.

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And drink them as fast as possible.

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Chill & use a big glass.

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Pour it in the glass so it fizzes up a bit, and swirl it while it's in the glass. This will help kill the carbonation a bit. Cooling the bottles will help with the gushing.

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my barleywine ended up being so overcarbonated that the indents in the caps from the capper began to bulge out.
when i poured a 341 ml bottle it filled a one litre stein to the top with foam even when well chilled.
over the last two months i have carefully lifted the caps on each bottle, vented the pressure and re-crimped the caps. saturday was the fourth time for this procedure and i think my carbonation level is ok now. -it has also purged any o2 in the headspace

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Open a couple and pour them into a pitcher to serve...your guests will never know...

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repeat above step until fingertips are numb and fat neighbor woman looks curiously inviting

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You can try chilling them right down in the fridge and rleasing the excess pressure before recapping. I tried this with some severely over carbonated lager in 1.5L Grolsche bottles after a miscalculation with some dry beer enzyme. Unfortunately it was so over carbonated this wasnt practical, they were so bad they would virtualy empty themselves, continualy spewing foam right down to all but the last drop.
As I has nothing to loose I hooked up my co2 supply to my bottling bucket and gently pressurised it (until the lid buldged), after 10 mins I released the pressure by cracking the lid purging some o2. I did this about 3 times then poured all the bottles into the bucket, which took some time as I could get more than 3 bottles worth in at a time with all the foam. Eventualy I filled up the bucket, rebottled without priming and within a week I had perfectly carbonated lager without a hint of infection of oxidation.

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