Originally Posted by nickbrew
After doing that test I got a hydrometer reading of 1.025.
I forgot to answer your question earlier, I left in primary for 2 weeks.
1.025 is good. If the SG would have dropped it would have been a bigger problem. What you have had is a simple stuck fermentation. This can be fixed by looking at pitching rate, aeration, and fermentation temperature.
Excess CO2 pressure can be bled from the bottles. Not hard, just tedious.
This is done by lifting the edge of the cap until you hear escaping CO2 and then resealing immediately. May take more than one gas release to bring the carbonation level down to where you like it.
Lay a quarter across the top of the cap to avoid creasing it. A crease may prevent a perfect reseal.
This is the scientific part. If you hear a PHOOOOOSH when you raise the cap it is still over carbed. If you hear a phttt, carb level may be down to the low level of a stout.
If your bottles are already chilled one day in the frig is enough to do a pour test after a CO2 release. This will allow time for the CO2 to equalize in the headspace and solution. Chill a bottle for three days if they are at conditioning temperature before doing the pour test.