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Old 01-16-2012, 12:43 AM   #1
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Due to extenuating circumstances I have to move my beer while in the fermenter. It has finished fermentation and needs to be transported in a car over windy mountain roads then freeway. I know air is bad, but how bad? Will this really ruin the beer? Or should I rush to bottling and pump out a hundred bottles tomorrow? It has been in the primary for a little over two weeks.

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Old 01-16-2012, 12:49 AM   #2
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I'd start bottling... Better safe than sorry.


You can always let it age in bottles.

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Old 01-16-2012, 12:54 AM   #3
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You can either leave the airlock on it, or use a lid without an airlock if it's done fermenting. They have carboy caps or bungs for carboys, but if it's in a bucket I'd be a lot more careful due to the wide headspace. If it's in a bucket, I'd probably go ahead and bottle it if it's done fermenting. If it's in a carboy, I wouldn't sweat it at all and just move it.

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Old 01-16-2012, 02:00 AM   #4
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If you had the time,i would bottle. Every bump and turn would make me nervous,sounds like a lot of sloshing.I guess im thinking long journey,so if it wasnt too long i probably would move the carboy.But if i had the time i would just bottle it.

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Old 01-16-2012, 03:18 AM   #5
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Does sloshing matter when the headspace is CO2, and the sloshing is just going to drive more of it out of solution?.... As long as it doesn't suck back air, which would be a problem regardless of slosh.

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It could suck back your solution as well, thats why i think yooper suggested the cap.Really you dont want sloshy bubbles,ocasionally rocking probably wont be a problem,its probably when you are seing air bubbles.If someone was holding it,that probably would be the best way to transport it. Maybe even seated with towels and styrafoam or something maybe even bubble tape somehow in a seat secure where it wont tip.In a box with a bunch of peanuts? The headspace is probably the main issue if it was pretty full in a carboy,cap it up and go.If its going to be some time, then maybe degass it briefly ocassionally.

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Old 01-16-2012, 03:24 AM   #7
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Does sloshing matter when the headspace is CO2, and the sloshing is just going to drive more of it out of solution?.... As long as it doesn't suck back air, which would be a problem regardless of slosh.
Exactly. CO2 fills the headspace. Over the rough roads I'm sure some of the carbon dioxide is going to come out of solution but that means CO2 not O2 mixing. Maybe a blowoff tube (IDK) just to keep the airlock from being over tasked.

I would let it sit a day or two after the trip before I bottled just to let the trub settle back down.

BTW.. Why do you have to move it?
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:20 AM   #8
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Ya, I'd rather not explain, too long and complicated.

The set up I have now is a plastic carboy with a rubber stopper with a hole in the middle and one of those small air locks shoved in it. I have on hand tubes and jars and sealed caps for them as well.

What would be the best way to cap it? If I switch the cap will it let in too much o2? Or will the beer push it out? If I decide to bottle is it ok to move those around and transport them?

And what exactly happens if o2 does get into it?

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Old 01-16-2012, 04:24 AM   #9
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I also have a bottling bucket handy, would it be a good idea to rack the beer, clean the carboy then rack it back to get a bunch of sediment out before transport?

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Old 01-16-2012, 06:17 AM   #10
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And sorry some of those are noob questions of which I'm pretty sure of the answer I just want to be double sure. Thanks guys

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