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Old 04-12-2010, 12:01 AM   #1
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Just grin and bear it?

It's a shame, but I primed 4 gallons of Cali Common with enough sugar (3.5 oz) for 5 gallons. It's so fizzy, I can't even taste the 4 oz of Northern Brewer hops or the Victory and Munich malts. It's been in bottles for almost 2 months.

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You could pour them all in a polypin, then serve it as a natural draft.

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I'm drinking a lightly carbed bitter ~ 1.4 Vol of CO2 from my engine.

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Caps are cheap; here is my idea:

Allow the entire batch to come to room temperature (if it isn't already), line up the bottles, open all of them, then recap them in the same order. Should allow some of the CO2 to escape.

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Caps are cheap; here is my idea:

Allow the entire batch to come to room temperature (if it isn't already), line up the bottles, open all of them, then recap them in the same order. Should allow some of the CO2 to escape.
+1 That should work just fine!
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Caps are cheap; here is my idea:

Allow the entire batch to come to room temperature (if it isn't already), line up the bottles, open all of them, then recap them in the same order. Should allow some of the CO2 to escape.
I would open them cold. If you let them get to room temp they will foam over when you open them. After opening them cold lay a clean towel over them and let them warn up a little then recap them. My two cents.
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I would open them cold. If you let them get to room temp they will foam over when you open them. After opening them cold lay a clean towel over them and let them warn up a little then recap them. My two cents.
It depends how over-carbed they are now. They could slowly foam up, and spill out then he could be capping bottles that are 75%-66% full.

I resorted to pour some into a pitcher and drank like a glutton after the head subsided.
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I would open them cold. If you let them get to room temp they will foam over when you open them. After opening them cold lay a clean towel over them and let them warn up a little then recap them. My two cents.
Wouldnt opening them cold cause them to foam more? If more CO2 is dissolved in cold beer than warm beer, more CO2 will gush out of solution when opening cold. Opening warm would have less CO2 in the solution and more in the space above the beer. Right? Maybe Im missing something.
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Wouldnt opening them cold cause them to foam more? If more CO2 is dissolved in cold beer than warm beer, more CO2 will gush out of solution when opening cold. Opening warm would have less CO2 in the solution and more in the space above the beer. Right? Maybe Im missing something.
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Gushers would be worse warm if over carbed. The CO2 in solution would rapidly escape with the first crack of the seal.

Cold is best. Open them and then drink I say.

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Ok, I see now, its about pressure differential. The cold beer has more CO2 dissolved and less CO2 in the space above the liquid. When you open the cap, there is less rapid release of gas out of the bottle than there would be if the beer was warm and more CO2 in the space above. I get it...do I get a cookie?

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Ok, I see now, its about pressure differential. The cold beer has more CO2 dissolved and less CO2 in the space above the liquid. When you open the cap, there is less rapid release of gas out of the bottle than there would be if the beer was warm and more CO2 in the space above. I get it...do I get a cookie?
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