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janson745 10-04-2012 08:38 PM

I think I might have screwed up...
So I'm going through my inventory today, and I realize that I have an extra bag of priming sugar. So I'm pretty sure that my last batch I bottled, a BMC Light clone, never got priming sugar - just bottled Wort.

So can I save this batch by putting the bottles back into a bottling bucket and adding priming sugar, then re-bottling?

jajao44 10-04-2012 08:41 PM

Have you tried any? I would try a few I've bottled ciders and they had a little carbonation even if I didn't put carbing sugar in it. I guess it depends on if the yeast are all gone or there aren't any fermentable sugars left.

duboman 10-04-2012 08:42 PM

Do not empty the bottles! This will just oxidize your beer and ultimately they would taste like wet cardboard.

You can boil a cup of water and dissolve your priming sugar and cool in a sanitized cup and use an eye dropper full of priming sugar solution into each bottle and re-cap, skip the priming sugar and add carbonation tabs to each bottle and re-cap.

ACbrewer 10-04-2012 08:49 PM

OP - bottled flat beer, not wort. If you bottled wort, then I'd suggest it isn't just priming sugar you forgot.

jajao44 is right on if there is some carb you might want to give a few more days. Sometimes just stiring the yeast can cause a little more wort to ferment PLUS what if you are just up a priming sugar pack? (I know doubtful, but caution with bottle bomes seems prudent here)

Duboman has a good suggestion - that is mixing with water and putting it in the bottles. Your suggestion of putting all the bottles back in the bucket and repriming and refilling is the generally listed on in the books.

IF I were doing it, I'd try the eye droper. I'd be a little concerned about head space in the bottle (I usually leave a few inches, although I notice commercial brewers leave almost none). Walmart has a plunger/droper in the medicine area for dosing out liquid medicine. I think it is like $2 or $3 and has a max size of eithe r5ml (1tsp) or 10ml(2tsp). With this you could quickly fill and empty it into your bottles and be sure you got a constant amount of liquid in each. I don't know how much you want to add to each, it depends on your final priming solution volume and the number of bottles you have. A typical cup of liquid is about 240ml, so with 48 bottles youd do 5ml each (5*48=240)

good luck

Balue 10-04-2012 08:55 PM

I would grab some carb tabs. open, drop in, and cap. No worrying about getting too little or too much priming solution in each one. Easy and done

beerman0001 10-04-2012 09:39 PM


Originally Posted by Balue (Post 4470515)
I would grab some carb tabs. open, drop in, and cap. No worrying about getting too little or too much priming solution in each one. Easy and done

This is what I would do. Make sure that there is no carb in the beer before you do this or BOOOOM.

janson745 10-04-2012 09:51 PM

Yous guys are awesome. Thank you for the quick replies. I have tested 2, both flat as flat can be. No bubbles/head at all when poured directly in the center of the mug.

I will be picking up some carb tabs. Already called the LHBS and they have a couple options.

So, with the carbonation tablets, do I have to wait 2-3 more weeks or do the tabs Carb 'em up a lot quicker?

chalmer9 10-04-2012 10:17 PM

Probably the beer gods punishing you for making a BMC clone.

janson745 10-04-2012 10:55 PM

Chalmer - Ha. Yeah, that is probably true. But I've got a few friends who don't like good beer... So I'm making something the ladies and manly-challenged dudes can drink and enjoy.

grem135 10-04-2012 11:39 PM

From what I been reading it is pretty hard to screw up a batch bad enough to equal a BMC clone

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