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Old 07-08-2012, 11:42 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the help!!! Drops do sound like the way to go. One other thing...I just bought corny keg and co2 tank from a guy off Craigslist. Need to clean it and figure out if the co2 has any thing in it. Would that be better if I quickly got ready to keg? Just carefully empty the bottles into the keg?

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Old 07-08-2012, 01:10 PM   #12
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I can't see any useful way to get the beer out of the bottle and into a keg without both oxidizing it and exposing it to airborne bacteria.

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Old 07-14-2012, 06:46 PM   #13
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So the coopers drops came yesterday and I put them in each bottle today. One for each 12 oz and two for each 22 oz. is it normal that when I cracked the uncarbed beer it still had vapor come out and when I put the drop in each bottle, I had foam spill over each time? I waited until the foam stopped and then recapped. All sounds good and normal?

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Old 07-14-2012, 07:23 PM   #14
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So the coopers drops came yesterday and I put them in each bottle today. One for each 12 oz and two for each 22 oz. is it normal that when I cracked the uncarbed beer it still had vapor come out and when I put the drop in each bottle, I had foam spill over each time? I waited until the foam stopped and then recapped. All sounds good and normal?
sounds like your batch was not done fermenting...did you try and taste and see if they were carbed already? overflowing foam is usually an indication of carbonation and as u said you had that co2 vapor escape when you opened the bottles. are you using a hydrometer?
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:38 PM   #15
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I used a hydrometer two days in a row and the gravity was 1.024. Which I thought was high but since it was the same reading two days in a row and it was at the three week point, I thought it was done. The bottles were sitting one week before I put the drops in today. So if it wasn't done fermenting, am I going to have over carbonation here since I put the drops in any way? So pissed at this whole thing. The beer smells and tastes great.

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I used a hydrometer two days in a row and the gravity was 1.024. Which I thought was high but since it was the same reading two days in a row and it was at the three week point, I thought it was done. The bottles were sitting one week before I put the drops in today. So if it wasn't done fermenting, am I going to have over carbonation here since I put the drops in any way? So pissed at this whole thing. The beer smells and tastes great.
Honestly, 1.024 seems WAY too high for this type of brew. Hard to say without knowing your recipe, but I wouldn't expect a 60-min ipa clone to finish this high. I'd be expecting something in the 1.012-1.014 range. Methinks you bottled too soon.
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I see. Any ideas on what to do now??
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What was your recipe/process? What was your OG? Which yeast did you use? Also, have you calibrated your hydrometer in water and have you corrected gravity readings for temperature?
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OK. I have an update. On 7/14 I put the drops in each bottle. Now 3 weeks have passed. I threw a beer in the fridge yesterday and just popped it open. No vapor trail and it's completely flat! It tastes amazing but not a hint of carbonation. I'm so confused...I was worried about over carbonation b/c when I added the drops, vapor came out and the beer foamed up when I dropped them in the bottle. I quickly recapped and they have been at room temp for 3 weeks. Am I impatient or is something wrong here? It is a higher gravity beer (1.072) but I would think there would be some sign of carbing. Thanks for any input!

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OK. I have an update. On 7/14 I put the drops in each bottle. Now 3 weeks have passed. I threw a beer in the fridge yesterday and just popped it open. No vapor trail and it's completely flat! It tastes amazing but not a hint of carbonation. I'm so confused...I was worried about over carbonation b/c when I added the drops, vapor came out and the beer foamed up when I dropped them in the bottle. I quickly recapped and they have been at room temp for 3 weeks. Am I impatient or is something wrong here? It is a higher gravity beer (1.072) but I would think there would be some sign of carbing. Thanks for any input!
I have used coopers drops, they call for 2 per 750 ml bottle
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