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Old 10-01-2009, 03:49 PM   #1
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Default Ok, first newb mistake...do I worry or RDWHAHB?

After only 1.5 months of brewing, I realized I've been making a mistake on the last 3 batches. I haven't been boiling the priming sugar in water before dumping it into the bottling bucket. My first batch I did, but these last three I totally forgot and dumped the sugar in the bottom of the bucket, then racked on top. One thing I made sure of was that the sugar was well disbursed and mixed up while racking (without splashing, of course), but it was never boiled first.

Do I worry about having undercarb'd beer, or RDWHAHB?

I guess a mistake was bound to happen at some point. I just hope my Pumpkin Spice Ale, Cherry Wheat Ale, and Oatmeal Stout don't have to suffer because of it...

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Old 10-01-2009, 03:51 PM   #2
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I wouldnt be at all worried about undercarbed beer. infection is the only real concern and its probably not a very big concern. I say RDWHAHB

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Old 10-01-2009, 03:55 PM   #3
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I disagree....

I wouldn't say infection is a real concern because the beer is already fermented. I'd be more worried that the priming sugar would not be adequately dissolved and would leave the beer either undercarbed or carbonation would vary from bottle to bottle.

Did the priming sugar look to totally dissolve when you racked the beer on top?

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One thing I made sure of was that the sugar was well disbursed and mixed up while racking (without splashing, of course), but it was never boiled first.
By that I was assuming that the sugar totally dissolved. And like I said the infection is not a big concern.
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:58 PM   #5
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I wouldnt be at all worried about undercarbed beer. infection is the only real concern and its probably not a very big concern. I say RDWHAHB
Ok, thanks. I would hope that AHS and Homebrewers.com wouldn't sell infected sugar

As far as the sugar being dissolved, I rested the siphon tube on the bottom of the bucket and in a sweeping motion (slowly) moved it back and forth. By the time the bucket filled in with a couple bottles worth of beer, the sugar could not be visibly seen anymore. I randomly then, throughout racking, moved the position of the siphon tube (which always remained at the bottom of the bucket, to eliminate splashing) so the directional flow of beer wouldn't be the same throughout the entire session. It's like my brain knew I was missing a step, and compensated for my idiocy, haha.
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I made the same mistake on my first brew, and I didn't even stir it up. When I finished bottling, there was still some sugar caked to the bottom of the bucket. It was fine. Most of the beers are SLIGHTLY undercarbed, but they are all consistently carbed (except for one which practically exploded out of the bottle when I opened it, and it tasted like "champagne-beer"" it was so bubbly.)

I think you'll be more than fine...

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I made the same mistake on my first brew, and I didn't even stir it up. When I finished bottling, there was still some sugar caked to the bottom of the bucket. It was fine. Most of the beers are SLIGHTLY undercarbed, but they are all consistently carbed (except for one which practically exploded out of the bottle when I opened it, and it tasted like "champagne-beer"" it was so bubbly.)

I think you'll be more than fine...
Thanks, and I'm guessing your champagne-beer was the last bottle from the bucket
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Yup, I also did the same thing with one of my earlier beers. It was SUPER flat at the end of 2 weeks. I was going to recarb them with carbonation pills but I got super busy and forgot about it for another 2 weeks. Finally put some time aside, opened one bottle and was greeted with a "fittzzz"... turned out it was SLIGHTLY carbonated. Decide to let it wait a bit longer. Much more carbonation!

So the lack of sugar just made me need to wait longer till it was ready. As with all things beer, time will fix just about anything.

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I used to just dump the sugar right in without boiling all the time. It's not an issue, although I now boil it in water first.

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If nothing else, the boiling ensures that the sugar is thoroughly dissolved and the liquid will mix in more evenly in the bottling bucket.

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