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Heatwaves 09-15-2012 01:55 AM

Carbonating in the Carboy?
Is it possible for a beer to carbonate while in a secondary? Mine appears to have.

Here's the situation... I recently brewed a 1.080 Belgian Ale and fermented it in a 6.5 gallon glass carboy. After 3 1/2 weeks, the gravity dropped to 1.019, so I transferred it to a 5 gallon carboy. I made enough to completely top off the carboy, so there was only about 1/4 inch of space between the beer and the stopper. It's now been 6 weeks and it's always been continuously bubbling in the secondary (once every 12-15 seconds). I checked the gravity today and it's down to 1.012. It seems to be pretty well carbonated. Do you think this was because of a near total lack of oxygen? Should I prime as usual when bottling?

Many thanks, guys!

Revvy 09-15-2012 02:00 AM

You have co2 in solution, but that doesn't mean your beer is carbonated. Co2 is a byproduct of fermentation, it's present all the way through the process. But you need to actually force it under pressure into solution for a beer to be truly carbonated. Just relax, and bottle as you normally would.

Frodo 09-15-2012 02:01 AM

yes prime as usual. the co2 is escaping, not staying in the beer.

dnslater 09-15-2012 02:00 PM

How cold is the room where it has been sitting

Heatwaves 09-15-2012 05:25 PM

Thanks for the info, guys!

@dnslater The room is not very cold. Fermenter temp says 72. Normally, I keep my carboys chilled lower, but the yeast strain for this belgian is up to 75 degrees.

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