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Chinese 11-19-2012 11:42 PM

Bottle to fermentor?
I'm clearly a beginner, but . . . I neglected to add water to my wort to get it up to the 5 gallon mark( I was doing an all extract Belgian IPA kit). It has been bottled, but the priming sugar that I used has over-fermented the bottles leading to over-carbonation. Is it a loss, or can I open the bottles and pour it back into the fermenter . . . Re-prime it(less sugar this time) . . . And re-bottle?

daksin 11-19-2012 11:49 PM

Don't add it back to a fermentor, as you'll oxidize the beer quite badly. You can gently uncap the bottles (just enough to hear the gas escape) and then re-cap the (don't full remove the caps) to let some gas out. Keep doing this until the carbonation is back where you want it.

Chinese 11-19-2012 11:54 PM

That's what I've been doing. Three or four beers at a time. Still foams quite a bit. I will just have to be patient. - and better at following directions next time!

daksin 11-20-2012 12:30 AM

Yup- I guarantee it's a mistake you won't make again (soon)!

Chinese 11-25-2012 10:04 PM

I have been "venting" 12 of these beers. I went down in the basement to grab another dozen. I picked one up and BAM! Instantly 30 other beers exploded simultaneously! Lots of blood . . . Lots of little cuts . . . No serious damage. Surreal moment, indeed! The basement smells awesome, but what a mess! It blew the lightbulb out of the ceiling lamp. Will NOT make THAT mistake again! I'm still picking glass out of my shrapnel wounds. - not to mention the loss of 30+ beers/bottles!

biestie 11-25-2012 10:51 PM

I'd suggest that it had nothing to do with not adding water to too up. You simply bottled too early.

Edit: now that i think about it, what volume did you end up with?

Chinese 11-26-2012 12:11 AM

It's possible. I ended up bottling 40 beers(a few less than most batches). I put almost twice the hops that the recipe called for. Could that have been a factor?

biestie 11-26-2012 12:54 AM

While 40 beers is a few less than you normally get out of a 5 gallon batch, I really don't think it's so low that you should be blowing up bottles. And no hops don't contribute. I'd bet you bottled too early.

somedudefromguam 11-27-2012 12:17 AM


Originally Posted by Chinese (Post 4620275)
I picked one up and BAM! Instantly 30 other beers exploded simultaneously! Lots of blood . . . Lots of little cuts

Holy damn, you can't be serious......

Qhrumphf 11-27-2012 12:24 AM


Originally Posted by somedudefromguam (Post 4623781)
Holy damn, you can't be serious......

Bottle bombs are no joke...

Agree with the above. You bottled way too early, or you added WAY too much priming sugar.

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