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Old 12-10-2013, 01:46 AM   #1
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Hey, I just tried my first batch of Brewers Best Double IPA. My question is when I opened the bottle after 2 weeks of sitting in a dark 65-68 degree room the carbonation((when pouring) was very heavy. The OG was 1.078 FG was 1.018. Should I let it sit another week. I tried two different bottles and the same thing happen to both. Taste was good, color was good. Also I had zero sediment in the bottom of the bottle, which when I have made other beer I did have. Is that because its just a different beer? Any help would be great....

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Old 12-10-2013, 01:55 AM   #2
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How much priming sugar did you use?

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Old 12-10-2013, 02:03 AM   #3
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...when I opened the bottle after 2 weeks of sitting in a dark 65-68 degree room the carbonation was very heavy. The OG was 1.078 FG was 1.018. Should I let it sit another week?... Also I had zero sediment in the bottom of the bottle...
I consider myself a beginner brewer also, but I can think of a few things that might affect it:

Did you chill your beer down from 68 before you opened it? For How long? The yeast will eat the priming sugar and produce CO2, some of which will sit in the headspace at warmer temps. When you chill the beer long enough, this pressure in the headspace will dissolve into solution.

Having such a high OG, its hard to say whether 1.018 is a good FG. You really need to take a few hydrometer readings and make sure its not moving. If it was still fermenting slowly it would mean there were still sugars in the wort. These in addition to the priming sugar might have caused a slight over carbonation.

Lastly, 2 weeks bottle conditioning seems rather short, especially for a beer with a higher OG. I would wait another week, and open one on week 3 without very high expectations (rather open one just to witness the process). Personally I would start opening the bottles closer to 4 weeks conditioning time. The process of carbonation should produce another small 'flush' of yeast which will settle out once its done carbonating, so you should see some sediment on the bottom. This is yet another sign you opened them a bit prematurely.

The most important thing I have learned in homebrewing is to use the recipe as a guideline and let the beer tell you what it needs.
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It was a kit, I believe it was one pound of corn sugar and boiled it in 2 cups of water...

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It was a kit, I believe it was one pound of corn sugar and boiled it in 2 cups of water...
ONE POUND?

you must have meant one CUP... otherwise get ready to uncap NOW
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Yes I chilled it for 24 hours, before I opened it...I will what another week and try one....Thanks

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you must have meant one CUP... otherwise get ready to uncap NOW
Even at one cup, thats 8oz, and thats WAY to high.
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Even at one cup, thats 8oz, and thats WAY to high.
Agreed, although if he brewed 6 gals he wouldn't be that far off.
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I hope you didn't prime the bottles with a pound of corn sugar... Maybe you added a pound of corn sugar to the Malt Extract during the boil to boost the ABV without altering flavor (in which case it's no longer 'priming' sugar)??? This sounds more likely especially ending up at 1.072...

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Yeah if it is heavy with the carbonation now it will either stay the game or get more carbonated. In all seriousness how much sugar was it?. If it was more than 5 or 6 oz you could have exploding bottles. Plus 1.018 for a fg might be too high depending on the grain bill (ie if it has lots of plain sugar in the recipe that would take it down a bit)...... Speaking of which.... Did you forget to use 1lb of sugar in the boil and use it for bottling? Just occurred to me that that might have happened... But we won't know unless you tell us. I could just be making an assumption.

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