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Old 04-19-2014, 10:57 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

Got a quick question about carbonation. I transferred my 1st homebrew (amber ale) to bottle 2 weeks ago. Is it possible to over carbonate? I opened one for a taste test yesterday and it foamed over instantly and wouldn't stop. Also, it tasted very high in carbonation, but like I said, since this was my first attempt, I'm not sure what to expect. Should I just wait a couple more weeks?? Is there something I can do or is this batch trash? Maybe just over reacting, but if I did screw something up, do you have any idea what?

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Old 04-19-2014, 11:03 PM   #2
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It shouldn't gush like that after just 2 weeks. How long did you let it ferment. Sounds like there was still some fermentation going on when you bottled. How much sugar did you put in the batch and what temp has it been kept at.
Watch out for bottle bombs....

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Old 04-20-2014, 12:06 AM   #3
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That was my thoughts. I let it ferment for 2 weeks and the hydrometer said it was complete. Maybe I made a mistake reading the hydrometer? It has been sitting in the bottles at 64 degrees. I used the recommened amount of corn sugar, whatever came in the kit, I forget exactly how much. Also, I used a dry yeast, and it didn't show any visual signs after day 4-5. So, is this batch ruined?

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Old 04-20-2014, 12:06 AM   #4
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Thanks again nuggethead...

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How much wort did you end up with after transferring to your FV?

If you hit your target gravity, and are gushing at 2 weeks in the bottle, then I would look at the amount of priming sugar used. If you primed for 5 gals but I only had 4.5 gals or less, you might have over carbonated. How many bottles did you cap with this batch?

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What was your sanitization process prior to bottling? Also, like Nuggethead asked, can you tell us how much priming sugar you used and what your batch size is?

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Refrigerate them as soon as possible. Cold crash to slow that yeast down and drive more CO2 into solution. But be careful man, Bottle Bombs are bad news.
Hopefully it was just a warm beer with a little too much carbonation and not a dangerous situation.

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Thanks guys!! Ill get them in the fridge soon. It was 5 oz. corn sugar and I bottled 50 bottles.

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Thanks guys!! Ill get them in the fridge soon. It was 5 oz. corn sugar and I bottled 50 bottles.
There's your problem. If the beer was at 60F and you bottled a full 5 gallons (about 53 bottles) you should have used about 3 1/2 oz. of priming sugar. Here's a link to a calculator that will be helpful with future batches:



I'd suggest chilling them as others suggested and open carefully. May not have bottle bombs at that carbonation level but will definitely be an adventure opening them. Try not to feel too bad about it. Probably everyone on this forum has been through the same thing. I know I have.

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You know, they always package 5oz. and if you use a priming calculator it rarely calls for more than
4.3oz.
I do feel better about your situation after reading you used 5oz. for 50 bottles. That should not be dangerous, assuming you were truly at FG. Just e x t r a foamy. Chill them well. Good Luck!

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