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Old 11-13-2012, 05:25 PM   #1
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Default Equipment Malfunction Poured beer from secondary to bottling bucket

I recently was on bottling day of a batch of extract Belgian tripel. Beer aged in secondary for 3 months and was at 1.014 fg. Tasted nice also at this point. When I went to suction the beer from secondary to bottling bucket I got no suction and was at a loss how to get the beer into bottling bucket. I know the best option would have been buy a new suction and tubing but I was pressed for time and opted to gently pour the beer into the bottling bucket. All the yeast came over too. I then added my priming sugar and bottled as is. Any thought on how my comedy of errors will affect the beer? My hope is that since this was a high gravity beer and i have drank many belgian beers with yeast cakes on the bottom of bottle. I want to believe it will be ok but I'm concerned. Any thoughts, predictions? Thanks for any input

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Old 11-13-2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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A ghetto method of getting a suction is where you rinse your mouth with some Vodka or something, then suck on the tubing as you would a straw, and the flow will start.......

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Old 11-13-2012, 05:36 PM   #3
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Other than potentially oxidizing the beer it will be fine. Once the beers finish priming refrigerate them for 3 weeks or more. This will settle all that stuff out and compact the cake on bottom. When you pour the bottle it will tend to stay at the bottom without mixing with the beer. Pour slowly and carefully!

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Old 11-13-2012, 05:40 PM   #4
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Oxidation and 3 inch yeast cakes in the bottles for short.

When you say no suction, do u mean from not having a proper seal between the siphon body and the cane?

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Old 11-13-2012, 05:44 PM   #5
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Correct no suction with tube and cane. Is this batch in trouble?

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You oxidized it, I've done that before too...Still drinkable, but not good IMO.....

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Does it matter that it fermented in secondary for 3 months and was hg beer?

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Does it matter that it fermented in secondary for 3 months and was hg beer?
That probably hurts you more than anything. That long in secondary and it probably had released most or all of the CO2 that acts as somewhat of a protector against oxidation.

As compared to a scenario where one just pulled a beer off primary a week ago and it still had some CO2 and potentially some live yeast that could fight off the oxidation a bit.

I say drink this batch as soon as possible. Have a party or give it away to friends.
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Well the batch still has to prime so I'm thinking another month on that then refrigerate and go from there

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When you poured it did it splash all around or were you super careful? I've racked a batch with a incorrect size tube (draws in bubbles) and I was super worried about oxidation but it ended up turning out fine. Can you see how much cake/trub is on bottom of the bottles?

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