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Old 02-20-2011, 05:03 AM   #1
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I know this sort of question gets asked all the time. So sorry about asking but here goes.

So i brewed my first batch on feb 6 from muntons gold ipa kit and i left out a bit of water to raise the alcohol a bit. I put in 4.6 gallons instead of the recomended 5. I then fermented between 63 and 71 with most of the time aroun 67. I saw no airlock activity at all other than the liquid pushing to one side of the s shaped airlock. I talked to a guy at the brew shop.and he said thats to be expected because i left out some water and it was in a 6.8 gallon fermentor. So i left it for 13 days to ferment in primary. The water in the s shaped airlock evened out for about about the past five days now. So i decided to bottle it today. Oooh i forgot to mention that the OG was 1.050 - i also took the sample from the fermentor long before it cooled and waited for the sample to cool.... Im thinking i should have waited to take the sample. Ok so today i did the math for how much corn suger to use for 4.6 gallon batch and boiled that in 1/2 cup water for 5 minutes. Added to my bottling bucket and allowed to cool before siphoning my beer onto it. I then bottled it. Oooops i forgot to take the FG before adding he priming sugar. Oh well - so i took a sample from what was left in the bottling bucket and it was at 1.020. So my question is really - did i possibly just make a sh@t load of beer bombs because my FG is so freaking high? Keep in mind i left out water to raise the sugar and just bottled with a high FG. I also should mention that there was a krausen ring on the side of the bucket.

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Sorry about this post being scattered. I typed it on my phone.



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Old 02-20-2011, 05:07 AM   #2
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How much corn sugar did you actually add?



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Old 02-20-2011, 05:26 AM   #3
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Well there's a possibility that your beer wasn't done fermenting when you bottled. So it may finish doing the job in the bottle, which could give you some over carbonation.

Bottle bombs are unlikely. I've carbed beers up to 3.5 volumes in a regular bottled with no problems, and have read they can take up to 5 volumes. Just fyi standard carbonation is 2.5 volumes. And that's what most kits tell you to carb to.

To stay on the safe side I would put them in the bathroom so if something does blow up it can be easily cleaned. Wouldn't hurt to put a few towels over the cases too.

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Old 02-20-2011, 06:03 AM   #4
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For the next time...calculate the carbination to the style of beer:

http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html

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The kit came with 3/4 cup corn sugar. So i weighed it and it came out to 120 grams. So i divided 5(gallons) by 120 and that came to 0.0416. I then divided 4.6(gallons) by 0.0416 and that came to 110.57. So to answer that question I put in 110 grams of corn sugar.

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Shoot. I was kind of hoping somebody would reply "your fine, relax, dont worry have a homebrew".

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A side note. You may have a poor seal on your fermenter. This would account for no bubbling during fermentation. Not a big deal though. I just like to watch the bubbles.

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Shoot. I was kind of hoping somebody would reply "your fine, relax, dont worry have a homebrew".
Yes, you're fine. Relax. Don't worry. Have a homebrew.

1.020 is NOT bottle bomb range, plus that was with the priming sugar so you're more like 1.016. No worries at all.
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:19 AM   #10
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Alright, thanks a lot for the replies. Sorry about the newb freak out. But, understandably - bottle bombs are probably something to worry about.

So just out of curiosity; what would be a bottled FG that would make somebody worry about beer grenades?



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