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mdawson9 07-08-2012 03:50 AM

I can't believe I didn't prime...
 
So I made a dogfish head 60 minute clone for my 4th brew. Continuously hopped, dry hopped, temp controlled, cold crashed. Just went the whole nine on this one. Today was bottling day. The beer smelled and tasted great. Just finished cleaning everything up and to my horror realized I never put sugar in the bottling bucket. I bottled all this beautiful beer and didn't prime it!!! Devastated. Any ideas? Pop the caps, put back into the bottling bucket and redo? Possible? That's really my only option right?
Thanks for any help.

Offset_Bender 07-08-2012 03:55 AM

You could pop the tops and bottle prime. Gotta be safer than transfering back to the bucket.

Boek 07-08-2012 03:57 AM

I did that last time. I put a tsp of table sugar in each bottle. I think it was a bit much. Try 1/2 tsp.

b-boy 07-08-2012 03:59 AM

get some carbonation drops. They should work pretty well in this case. Add them to the bottles and recap.

Firebat138 07-08-2012 04:13 AM

buy the drops, or dump back in bucket... cant see how that would not be safe... its beer now... just sanitize and go to work

funkadelicturkey 07-08-2012 04:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by b-boy (Post 4233664)
get some carbonation drops. They should work pretty well in this case. Add them to the bottles and recap.

+1 to drops. I would not dump back in the bucket and risk oxidation.

CBXBob 07-08-2012 06:56 AM

I think I'd lean to the Carb drops too, for the ease, trying to add 1/2 tsp sugar to a bottle seems messy. I wouldn't put back in bucket, oxidation issues. Uncap, add sugar or tablet , then recap (new caps). Good luck, easy mistake, you can save it;)

amandabab 07-08-2012 06:59 AM

carb drops are your only real option.

gmcastil 07-08-2012 10:31 AM

Or you could just let it sit for a while and it will carbonate naturally on its own.

Dan 07-08-2012 10:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gmcastil (Post 4233911)
Or you could just let it sit for a while and it will carbonate naturally on its own.

If the yeast did their job and ate up all the fermentables the beer won't carbonate with out additional priming sugar.

My vote is carb drops. The bottles are sealed and there is alcohol in there so infection risk is minimal. Either method would be an oxidation risk but leaving in the bottles probably the lesser of the two.

Just my 2 cents.


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