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Old 08-03-2013, 03:23 AM   #1
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Bottled an OctoberFast a few days ago. I had 5.75 gallons, so I boiled approx 5.75 oz of corn sugar and proceeded. Put sugar in my bottling bucket, then my beer. Once I got it all in, it only amounted to 5.25 gal as I didn't account for trub. My question is how overcarbed will I be? I've had trouble with gushers a couple times and its pissing me off. Hope I didn't ruin it!

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Old 08-03-2013, 03:35 AM   #2
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The calculator on Northern Brewer calls for 4.65 ounces so I would say you have definitely over done the sugar addition. I don't think one ounce per gallon is a constant. There are many variables. Check out some online priming calculators.

I would be careful with these until you know what you have. Put them in a storage box with a lid and after 3 weeks carefully chill one to check the carbonation.

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Old 08-03-2013, 05:32 AM   #3
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Any way I could take the caps off now, release pressure so to speak, and then recap?

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I wouldn't worry about it. I put it in beer smith and it called for 5.14 oz of sugar so to might be a bit over your desired amount of co2 but I wouldn't personally worry about it.

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You'll be at about 2.7 volumes of CO2. It's on the high end for the style, but not off much from where you would have been with 5.75 gallons.

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Old 08-04-2013, 08:16 PM   #6
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Well, I checked 1 bottle today on day 4. It slowly/eventually gushed out. Again it was very slow. But, I don't like that obviously. I poured it into a glass and the head was about right. I put it all in the fridge, hoping to put a stop to the carbonation. Any advice? Evidently I put more in than I thought. I have continually had problems with bottling. From now on I am going to err on the low side by a decent margin.
I need an aide to help me when bottling!!!!
Any advice?

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