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Old 07-17-2013, 07:54 PM   #1
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I brewed a milk stout that is over carbonated. It has great taste just very carbonated. Is there anything I can do? Will aging it help?

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Old 07-17-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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Aging won't help. You could shake them up some, uncap each bottle and then cap again. However, you introduce oxygen which isn't good. Alternative (and what I would do) is just aerate them a bit in your glass just before drinking.

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Old 07-17-2013, 09:11 PM   #3
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Aging won't help. You could shake them up some, uncap each bottle and then cap again. However, you introduce oxygen which isn't good. Alternative (and what I would do) is just aerate them a bit in your glass just before drinking.
I figured, thought I would ask anyway. Thank you. And how should I aerate in the glass?
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:17 PM   #4
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I'd just pour it as normal, then wait 10-15 minutes to drink it. Stouts are better on the warm side anyway.

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When you pour it in the glass and then swirl the glass, it is aerating, you will see the bubbles come up. Just keep swirling and the co2 will liberate until you stop.

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When you pour it in the glass and then swirl the glass, it is aerating, you will see the bubbles come up. Just keep swirling and the co2 will liberate until you stop.
I'd call that degassing, not aerating
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I guess I was thinking that's what it's called in the wine world... But I might be wrong... You guys get it though

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I put all these beers in my basement. It's been a couple days and I checked on them this morning, sure enough a couple blew up on me. Should I put on some safety glasses and dump them all out? What would you guys do?

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I would (carefully) put them all in the fridge and drink ASAP, but it's up to you. Keeping them cold will reduce the headspace pressure and hopefully stop further yeast activity.

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You can use a bottle opener to lift the cap just enough to vent them a bit. So don't actually remove the caps, just lift them enough that you hear them hiss. The positive pressure will prevent oxygen from entering so you don't have to worry about oxidizing them. Chill them well before doing this and use hand/eye protection just in case one/some break. You may have to vent them a few times, especially if they're gushers. Oh and probably best to do it over the sink or a tub just in case one does go.

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