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Old 11-15-2012, 12:27 AM   #1
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Default OVER PRIMED...Now what?

It was way too early in the AM to bottle...
I put 10oz of priming sugar in the water and added to bottle bucket with 5 gallons.
Should I put these on ice to inhibit carb?
Open after a week to release carb and recap?

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Old 11-15-2012, 12:54 AM   #2
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What style is it? Some beers, namely Bavarian Dunkelweizen and some sours, actually have 4.5 voumes of CO2 as the upper end of the style guidelines. Depending on fermentation temperature 10 oz of sugar would give you about 4.5 volumes of CO2. While the risk for bottle bombs is increased, I think as long as you keep the conditioning temperature low (60-ish F) you'll be fine. As for being at the right carbonation, releasing the pressure after about a week or so wouldn't be a bad idea if you're worried about it being over carbonated. As a precautionary measure, I'd keep them covered so if there is/are an explosion(s) the glass will be contained. Hope this helps. Cheers!

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Old 11-15-2012, 01:05 AM   #3
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It's an IPA.
Maybe I'll cool and crack one open in a week to check carb action.
I just don't want a fizzy champagne IPA.

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You might still get a champagne eruption after a week even if it is carb'ed correctly.

I would keep it in a cold place for the duration (with the precaution mentioned above) and just pour it cold in a big jug, that way you wont loose any beer due to massive head and still be able to serve it.

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Why not just let it ferment through then re-prime when its all done? It will affect the flavor a little, but you wont' have to worry about killing your cat with bottle shrapnel.

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Old 11-15-2012, 02:06 AM   #6
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Why not just let it ferment through then re-prime when its all done? It will affect the flavor a little, but you wont' have to worry about killing your cat with bottle shrapnel.
Its already bottled up Thor. What do you think about popping the tops in a about a week?
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You might still get a champagne eruption after a week even if it is carb'ed correct
Wait...Id get a geyser anyway? Never actually opened them in <2 weeks.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:32 AM   #8
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Wait...Id get a geyser anyway? Never actually opened them in <2 weeks.
Depends on the beer and the circumstances, but it happens sometimes.

But as ThorGodOfThunder says, pop them all and let it ferment out and re-prime when it is fermented out completely. I would do that if it was me, I like my cats.
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When i listened to the JZ show on Berliner Weisse, they said to not use standard bottles for that beer. It's supposed to be carbed at 3.5-4.5, so a thicker belgian (or grolsh) bottle is needed.

According too beer smith you're looking at ~ 4.5 vols CO2 (55 psi). If you didn't mix the sugar evenly it could be higher. I'd be concerned if you have older bottles that have been used multiple times, or I'd you have them in a warm spot. I couldn't find anything definitive by googling, but that's the upper limit of your standard bottle's max capacity. I read that standard bottles are for beers @ 2.6 vols, but bottles may be good to 70 psi when new.

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My advice would be to make sure the bottles are in an enclosed container with the lid taped down, and they're stored in a cool area (e.g. Not next to your heater). After a few weeks put the whole case in the fridge to cool down. Pressure shouldn't be a problem once the CO2 drops into solution. *edit: Popping the caps is a good option if you just bottled them. If you wait to long and the bottle was warm you risk the bottle rupturing in your hand. If the bottles are cold you may not release much pressure by popping the top but it may still be worth doing.* </end paranoid response>

This could be overly cautious - I'm not sure how dangerous "bottle bombs" can be. However, if one of those bottles was to shatter in your hand/close to your face, it will probably "leave a mark."

Btw - this seems like a great Mythbusters episode in the making...as long as it doesn't give home brewers bad press.

Edit note: per previous poster, if you just bottled yesterday you probably should pop them. If it was Saturday I'd take the bomb squad approach and cover it with a note for folks not to touch them.

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Thanks for all the resposes...and paranoid rants
I bottled in 22oz Bombers (pun intended), and one six pack of 12 oz.
I bottled these Monday so figured jt would be safe enough to pop top to see how much co2 would realease. BARELY a hiss so I recapped them both.

Do you guys think it would be safe and still carbonate if I just pop tops to relieve pressure, tben recap?

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