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Old 07-08-2012, 04:50 AM   #1
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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?
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:55 AM   #2
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You could pop the tops and bottle prime. Gotta be safer than transfering back to the bucket.

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Old 07-08-2012, 04:57 AM   #3
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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.

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Old 07-08-2012, 04:59 AM   #4
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get some carbonation drops. They should work pretty well in this case. Add them to the bottles and recap.

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Old 07-08-2012, 05:13 AM   #5
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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

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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.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:56 AM   #7
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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

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carb drops are your only real option.

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Old 07-08-2012, 11:31 AM   #9
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Or you could just let it sit for a while and it will carbonate naturally on its own.

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Old 07-08-2012, 11:42 AM   #10
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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.

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