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Old 02-01-2011, 10:44 PM   #1
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Default AHHH!!! Help ASAP, beer in bottling bucket, 10 points too high! What to do?

FUCCCKKK So I was gonna bottle my Bell's K-zoo stout clone today after 23 days in primary. Just transferred it into the bottling bucket and the FG is about 9 points high (1.026-7 when it should be 1.017), and that's not counting the 1/2 cup of corn sugar!! Should I rehydrate & pitch some yeast (I've got US-05, S-04, and Nottingham in the fridge) or go ahead and bottle? I was using harvested Bell's yeast from 3 bottles of their Pale Ale. I stepped up the started a couple times and it seemed pretty healthy (lots of yeast sediment, decent krausen) but the main fermentation seemed kinda slow.



To make things worse, I also forgot to take an OG reading when I brewed it back on the 9th, but it should've been around 1.063.

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If you forgot the OG reading, you really don't know what the FG should be. I would put my bets on going ahead and bottling. Now, if you know the FG hasn't changed in a few days, that means definitely bottle. Otherwise odds are on it being done and ready to go.

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why didn't I take a gravity reading before racking onto the priming solution?
Not exactly sure how the priming sugar affects gravity but it will certainly raise it. Maybe this is the answer...
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If you forgot the OG reading, you really don't know what the FG should be. I would put my bets on going ahead and bottling. Now, if you know the FG hasn't changed in a few days, that means definitely bottle. Otherwise odds are on it being done and ready to go.
FG means NOTHING without OG!

Obviously since you didnt realize what your FG was, you did not take readings several days in a row to see if it had stabilized, so there's no real way to tell if it's finished.

If it's already in the bucket with priming solution, I'd probably bottle it. After 23 days in primary my money is on ITS DONE. You might want to put the cases of bottles in a spare bathtub while they carb up and be sure to wear your bomb squad gear when you go to test one though, just in case.
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Not exactly sure how the priming sugar affects gravity but it will certainly raise it. Maybe this is the answer...
noo nooo my gravity reading that's 9-10 points high was from the siphon, i.e. without the priming solution mixed in
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Bottle it FTW!!

I'm betting it turns out great.

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leave it in the bottling bucket and pitch a pack of yeast. The sugar you added should help the yeast get those last 10 points off. After the FG stabilizes, prime and bottle it. You don't want to bottle ten points high unless you're going to keep the bottles in a sealed explosion proof container and drink them as soon as they carb.

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FUUUCKK why didn't I take a gravity reading before racking onto the priming solution?
Which one is it? That will make a difference. Also we need to figure out your OG as well. What is the recipe? We should be able to determine the OG from that.
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Whoa man, sounds like you definitely need to RDWHAHB!

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Which one is it? That will make a difference. Also we need to figure out your OG as well. What is the recipe? We should be able to determine the OG from that.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/bell...ml#post2576827

OG should've been 1.063. That's what the Bell's site says and K-zoo stout is 6.0% abv so doing the math, FG should be 1.017 I believe. I took the gravity sample from the outlet of the siphon, as I was siphoning into the bottling bucket (which already had the priming solution in it). The gravity I measured as 1.026-7 was the beer without the priming solution.
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