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Old 07-25-2007, 10:40 PM   #1
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Here's the story:

I went to transfer a amber ale into a keg the other day. I grabbed the only unlabeled carboy in my lagering chest and siphoned it into a keg (never mind why I had an ale in the lagering chest, it's a long story) I placed the keg on a 14 psi line for a few days and drew a beer about a week later to test the carbonation.

Imagine my surprise when I relaized that this wasn't an ale at all, it was an oktoberfest that was mislabeled (apparently I labeled the amber ale as oktoberfest). This beer had only been in the lager chest for about 10 days when it was carbonated.

What are my options? Should I uncarbonate the beer and lager it in the keg? Do I need to pitch more yeast? Can I lager the beer once it is carbonated?

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Old 07-25-2007, 10:45 PM   #2
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You can certainly lager in the keg. Whether or not you go through all the rigamarole of getting the co2 out is up to you. I would just toss the keg in the lager chest, co2 and all, but those more knowledgeable than me might have different advice.

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Old 07-25-2007, 10:48 PM   #3
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Just vent it a few times. the pressure and Co2 shouldn't hurt ya a bit. Lagering in the keg is no problem at all. I do it when ever I fill all my carboy's up.

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is it good? i say drink it! but, yeah, you may wish to vent it and let it sit for a while.

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I don't disagree with any of the above advice, but I must give you kudos....


This is a pretty original problem. Haven't read this one before!!!!!

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Old 07-26-2007, 07:31 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice

I agree with Damn Squirrels, this is a very unique screw-up. I had labels on every carboy except one, but I accidentally mislabeled the other carboy. This can all be traced back to having too much beer available at time of labeling

I will park the keg in the lagering chest and hope for the best.

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Old 07-26-2007, 10:10 PM   #7
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I don't disagree with any of the above advice, but I must give you kudos....


This is a pretty original problem. Haven't read this one before!!!!!
Your Right DS:

"Need Help - Accidentally carbonated the wrong beer "

How could NOT stop in and read this post?

The gas shouldn't affect the conditioning. Park it and resume where you left off.

And GET SOME NEW LABELS!!!
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If its true that you can lager when its carbonated and under presure then why can't you lager in the bottle? I mean other than the fact that the amount of yeast that its in contact with is quiet less. This would make it a lot easier to lager if you didn't have a special fridge.

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