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Old 08-28-2008, 03:08 PM   #1
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First, an explanation of why I am dumb. I somehow WAY over primed my beer (in bottles). Must've been tired or something. Anyways, the beer is undrinkable. You open the bottle and it empties itself out in a fashion reminiscent of a fire fighting boat. Not only that, the yeast content is extreme to say the least. Who woulda thought there could be a weizen mit too much hefe. Now it's time for the question. Can I dump all the beer back into a carboy and let it completely carb out and then rebottle also allowing the yeast to settle to the bottom? Or is it time to throw it all in a bucket and have a swill-fest?

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Make sure those bottles don't explode in your hand first and foremost...

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How long did you wait before openning your bottles?

Did you use a hydrometer to make sure fermentation was over before you bottled? How long did you wait from yeast pitch till you bottled?

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Add how much priming sugar did you add, and what temperature have the bottles been sitting at?

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I'm actually quite impressed with the structural integrity of the bottles. I should probably be handling them with oven mitts though. But if carbonation this extreme doesnt pop the bottles and I can't imagine how much you have to screw up to make them explode.

I think I accidentally did 2 cups of corn sugar and 1 cup of water instead of vice versa. Whoops. I also think there were some fermentables left in the brew. Impatience is punished. It's been sitting at about 72-74F. It's been a little over a month since bottling.

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Any opinions on the rebottling idea?

Not until you give us the details we are asking for...

Evaluation before action is my motto...

Let us know what you DID, then we can suggest how to fix it...
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Aren't gushers a possible sign of infected beer?

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Wow, yall respond quick. Two replies while I was writing mine. I think I accidentally did 2 cups of corn sugar and 1 cup of water instead of vice versa. Whoops. I also think there were some fermentables left in the brew. Impatience is punished. It's been sitting at about 72-74F. It's been a little over a month since bottling.

This is the first screwup I've had in about 8 batches. Bound to happen sometime. At least it was with a relatively cheap hefeweizen(money and time wise).

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What happens if you chill one for a couple of days? Does it still gush like crazy, or is it calmed down a bit?

The problem with opening them all over a carboy and then rebottling will be that you are oxidizing the heck out of them, so it'll be cardboard flavored beer.

If you can chill them very cold, and open gently without them foaming all out, you can uncap them and then recap with new caps. That might help alot. I'd uncap, then put a new sanitized cap on the top but not cap right away. Wait about 20 minutes, then cap.

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If I get it down to stupid cold, about 33F, it calms down alot but theres still a good amount of head the flows out of the bottle. So right now its a toss up between drinking super carbonated, super yeasty beer out of a bucket or bottled cardboard. Time to call my keystone drinking friends over.

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