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Old 01-29-2009, 03:17 AM   #1
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Hey everyone! I have been noticing that our dunkleweizen seems to be more carbonated than it used to be (it has been in the bottle for at least 4 weeks. When I open a bottle, it slowly foams up and will overflow if I don't drink some. Is this the beginnings of a gusher infection? If so, how can I keep this from happening to my next batch? Thanks!

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Old 01-29-2009, 03:45 AM   #2
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Hey everyone! I have been noticing that our dunkleweizen seems to be more carbonated than it used to be (it has been in the bottle for at least 4 weeks. When I open a bottle, it slowly foams up and will overflow if I don't drink some. Is this the beginnings of a gusher infection? If so, how can I keep this from happening to my next batch? Thanks!
Stop opening any more bottles. Take four of them and place them in your refrigerator. Let them cool down for 48 hours. No, not 47, 48.

Then stand by the sink and open one. Pour that non gusher into your glass and enjoy.

Repeat times three.
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Lol, thanks for the input. I will try that. I really dislike the way our beers taste when cold though. I guess it is either deal with a possible mess, or drink beer that isn't very good. LOL, decisions, decisions.

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INteresting. I've had a few very good non-infected bottles that gush.

Why would they do this and what does the extra cold do?

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Cold didn't do anything to help with the gusher infection I had. I had some of them in the fridge for multiple weeks, and they still gushed. The only thing I was able to do was immediately pour some in the glass, at which point the glass would be 95% foam to the top of the pint glass, but at least it kept it from gushing out of the bottle entirely. Wait for the foam to subside, then pour some more, repeat. It usually took a few times of doing this to get all the beer into the glass.

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I think there is a difference between a gusher infection and a gusher.

gusher infection is poured down the drain and a lot of hand wringing about the rest.

gusher is just a random bottle that gushes but tastes fine. I've had one bottle of each in 20 batches.

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This is my second bottle that foams a lot. I don't really know if this is relevant, but every batch that we have brewed has a similar taste to each other. We changed the water for this last one (got store bottled water), and it is still there. I have heard of extract twang but I thought that only applied to LME. Oh well... Guess I need to wait and see if AG makes a difference.

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you might not have completely finished fermentation...

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INteresting. I've had a few very good non-infected bottles that gush.

Why would they do this and what does the extra cold do?
Gas is more soluble in a liquid at lower temperatures.
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Try a different DME. Are you sure you have the temps right? make sure your thermometer is accurate. MANY are not.

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