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Old 07-11-2012, 11:56 PM   #1
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Default Houston, we may have a problem.

I want to try bottling from a corny keg because I feel it would just be easier to push beer from the keg than to use a siphon. To clarify, I am not bottling carbonated beer, but rather adding priming sugar and using the keg as a glorified bottling bucket. That was the plan today.... however....i hit a snag.

ok, so I had everything ready, beer dry hopped, bottles sanitized, and botting sugar boiled and cooled... went to pop the top off the corny to add sugar and hisssssssss.... there was pressure in the keg. Seems I didnt vent all the pressure after clearing out the O2 when I racked the beer over to the keg. Upon examination of the beer in the keg, I see that it has a nice thick creamy head on it, which is great, IF IT WERE IN A GLASS.... lol.

so, is my best bet to let the co2 off gas for a while (pull vent every once and a while until no more hiss)... once flat, then add priming sugar and bottle?

Im thinking if I add sugar at this point, im going to get over carbonated bottles, since the beer has more co2 in suspension than it should at its particular temperature (closed system and all).

can someone tell me if im on the right track.

IS THIS BATCH RUINED? (sorry, I had to).

thanks!

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It's ruined. Probably you should send it to me for disposal. (Sorry, I had to, too.)

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If you just purged the O2 with a couple shots of CO2 just vent it. If you left the CO2 on for a week then the wort might have some carbonation in it, but just a quick O2 purge - No worries.

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If you just purged the O2 with a couple shots of CO2 just vent it. If you left the CO2 on for a week then the wort might have some carbonation in it, but just a quick O2 purge - No worries.
thats what I was trying to get at... I purged, but must not have got it all out, because the keg was pressurized when I went to add priming sugar today. So, what ever pressure it had in there, it was on it for 10 days.

If the beer IS carbonated a little, will letting it go flat, then adding priming sugar and bottling solve my problem?
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The other possibility is that the beer is not done fermenting ....

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Thats a great point Bob. It should definitely be done after 10 days in the keg.

So OP, had the FG stabilized at the expected SG when you racked it?

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The other possibility is that the beer is not done fermenting ....

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Thats a great point Bob. It should definitely be done after 10 days in the keg.

So OP, had the FG stabilized at the expected SG when you racked it?
yes, beer was in primary for 4 weeks and stable when I racked to secondary (keg) for dryhopping x 10 days. So, im pretty sure thats not the issue.

pretty sure its carbonated because I pressurized the keg when I set it to dryhop.
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yes, beer was in primary for 4 weeks and stable when I racked to secondary (keg) for dryhopping x 10 days. So, im pretty sure thats not the issue.

pretty sure its carbonated because I pressurized the keg when I set it to dryhop.
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At this point, I can't bottle...so I'll just let all the co2 vent (and take my hop aroma with it probably), and once it's flat I'll prime and bottle as per plan.

If anyone has a suggestion about a better way to proceed (or even support for my plan), that would be great.

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anyone else have anything HELPFUL to add?

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