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Old 02-11-2008, 09:44 PM   #1
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I use beer smith and brewed a dark belgian, beer smith tells me to use however many oz of priming sugar for correct carbonation for the style. I do so, bottle and when I have 10+ extra bottles left I realize that I lost about a gallon during a fermentation accident. So should I be afraid of exploding bottles since I used sugar for a 5gal batch on a 4gal batch? What can I do to fix it if so?

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Old 02-11-2008, 09:50 PM   #2
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Don't worry. At worst, it'll just be slightly over carbed. You'd have to do something like put a 5gal dose of priming sugar in 1 gal of beer to begin worrying about bottle bombs. From what I understand, most bottle bombs come from bottling too early.

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Old 02-11-2008, 09:54 PM   #3
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You might get bottle fountains. I've done precisely what you've said, with Belgians too, no less, and twice, and if it feels like it it geysers out like menthos and coke. But no explosions.

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Old 02-11-2008, 09:58 PM   #4
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Belgian ales are suppose to be high in carbonation... In the range of 4 Volumes of CO2 Vs the average of 2.2 to 2.7 for most ales & lagers...

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Old 02-11-2008, 09:59 PM   #5
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Just make sure they are cold before you open them. If you added the typical 5 oz. of priming sugar and you had attenuated completely, you should be in no danger.


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