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Old 09-18-2012, 03:17 AM   #1
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Default Read the brix and racked... *face palm* Why!?

My most retarded mistake ever!

I brewed an American Wheat recipe from my LHBS fourteen days ago. I was checking the gravity two nights days ago just to see the progress and I accidentally read the brix units instead of sp. gravity scale on the hydrometer. I checked it twice and was even surprised to see it already sitting so low, and so fast, but not thinking and casually going along in a happy stupor like a mindless automaton, I racked (without sampling any too..) into a keg and force carbed thinking I was good to go. Idiot.

Of course, today when I went to lower the pressure down to a 5psi serving range and pour myself up a refreshing glass of beer, I was unaware of the terrible surprise of the sickly sweet (not in a good way) liquid I had just ingested. It was not good, not terrible, but not good at all. The most green beer I have ever tasted, obviously. Like a glass of dissolved malts. At first, I was at a loss as to what had happened until I did another gravity check after having let a sample decarb in the glass vile. My gravity reading was at 1.020. I thought, wtf!? At this point, it finally dawned on me what had happened. Yep.

Ok, after admitting my moronic mistake too all of you, is there any way at all to save this 5gal batch of beer? Any way at all?

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Old 09-18-2012, 03:21 AM   #2
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yep, since it's in a keg. bleed the carb, and put it in the same place you fermented in. every day, bleed the co2 out till there's basically no more co2 bleeding happening, then carb and cool normally. had it happen, no problem fixing

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yep, since it's in a keg. bleed the carb, and put it in the same place you fermented in. every day, bleed the co2 out till there's basically no more co2 bleeding happening, then carb and cool normally. had it happen, no problem fixing
Hey, thank you. So, my fermentation takes place in my spare bedroom closet where it is always roughly 62-68F. You mean, take the keg out of the kegarator, put it in the closet, and bleed release valve often until it's done fermenting out?

Wonder if there is a way I could just attach an airlock to my keg... hmmm. There are times when I need to leave the house for more than 18 hours at a time and I wouldn't want it to keep re-carbing itself. Think this process will cause any off flavors? Any further ideas?
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Hey, thank you. So, my fermentation takes place in my spare bedroom closet where it is always roughly 62-68F. You mean, take the keg out of the kegarator, put it in the closet, and bleed release valve often until it's done fermenting out?
yep. if you're out of the house for extended periods, when you get back do it again. the beer is done when it's done. been there, done it, fixed it
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Awesome. Proceeding with this plan, right now.

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Would rigging an airlock to the keg be a good idea so as I don't have to baby it? Or would you recommend just bleeding it every day at the same time?

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Why not attach a gas in valve with a line that goes in to a cup of sanitizer? Kind of like a blow off.

That way it bleeds it self off naturally.

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Why not attach a gas in valve with a line that goes in to a cup of sanitizer? Kind of like a blow off.

That way it bleeds it self off naturally.
i'd just bleed it when i remember. no worries, no thought, no special setups needed. people... don't overthink it, unless you already have the setup made
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If the relief valve has a ring on it, you should be able to rotate it 90 degrees and keep the valve open. CO2 production will keep oxygen out.

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why not get a spunding valve, set it to 10psi and carb that bish.

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