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skeletonkrew 06-20-2014 09:30 PM

To purge or not to purge
Last night I transferred from secondary fermenter to keg. I started bottling a 12 pack using prime dose tabs and my blichman beer gun. Without thinking I purged the bottles with co2 and filled. But only 6 bottles ,the other 6 I just filled with beer. I'm wondering if the first six bottles will have trouble carbonating. Any advice?

LLBeanJ 06-20-2014 09:31 PM

It'll be fine.

Komocabo 06-20-2014 09:35 PM

The tabs are what makes it carb. I'm assuming the purging is probably to reduce oxidation, so you'll be fine.
On another note: How do you like those tabs? I used them once, but was not impressed. Too much sediment and added a bit of sweetness (seemed more than normal priming sugar) YMMV of course.

skeletonkrew 06-20-2014 09:37 PM

Cool, but is it "better" to purge? I know it's good to purge when bottling pre carbonated beer
But with priming, doesn't the yeast in the beer and the yeast in the prime dose tabs need some oxygen to carbonate? Just curious. The experiment has already been done I will find out in two weeks. Fyi, this is an American wheat beer.

skeletonkrew 06-20-2014 09:43 PM

This is my first time using the tabs. I have heard rave reviews though. And I hate using priming sugar I usually force carbonate

LLBeanJ 06-20-2014 09:48 PM

Better? I don't know. Perhaps, but my guess is that any benefit from purging the bottle with CO2 is likely to be trivial at best.

Keep in mind that when filling correctly, that is, using a bottling wand or siphon hose and filling from the bottom up, any oxygen already in the bottle will be pushed out as the liquid rises.

Komocabo 06-21-2014 01:16 AM

FYI: The tabs are sugar. No yeast as far as I know. But let us know your review. Its basically priming sugar/DME that has been compacted into a pill form

skeletonkrew 06-21-2014 02:29 AM

Yes , "Prime Dose" tabs also have yeast, a patented blend of dry yeasts with sugar. I will post the results. so far, its way easier than mixing priming sugar , and helps reduce exposure to oxygen while bottling.

Komocabo 06-21-2014 04:13 AM

Groovy. I was thinking about the Munton carb tabs. Didn't know there was a different. Good deal

skeletonkrew 06-21-2014 11:24 AM

Yea. Northern brewer came up with them. You should check them out.

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