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Old 04-13-2009, 02:13 PM   #1
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I ran into a bit of an issue this weekend. Opened up an APA and it started fizzing up pretty badly. Opened a second, and same thing. Drank both, and they were still carbonated and tasted fine, but I don't know why this would happen. I have drunk all but the last 6 or 8 bottles of the batch, and had this problem once before, early on - but none of the other 30+ bottles have done this. These bottles were stored at room temp since early Feb, and put into the fridge last week, but I don't know why that would make a difference, as there is only so much sugar in the mix for the yeast to consume.

I dissolved the priming sugar in two cups of water, poured that into the bottling bucket and racked the beer from the secondary onto that - so I think it should be mixed well enough. Like I said, every other one was fine, just thought it was odd that two in a row overflowed on me.

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Old 04-13-2009, 02:17 PM   #2
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Sounds like a late developing gusher infection...

I had a batch that was for several months, and only the last 6 pack were affected. traced it to the autosiphon (actually it was my fault I originally broke the tube at the bend, and just slapped the hose on it with a clamp and never dissasembled it.

It was a porter that had bottle gushers no less...during judging at a contest...I was lucky though I had two patient judges...they let the first one gush, then asked for the second...it gushed as well...but they let the gushing stop and actually judged the remaining beers...

AND THEY LOVED THE FREAKIN TASTE!!!!!

They said on my judging sheets that had it not gushed I would have prolly placed in the top 3...and they were stymied, because they wrote in my evals, that there were absolutely no off flavors..

It sucked because I drank plenty of those beers (most of the cases) with no problem...but out of the last 6 were where the contest entries were...and I was home on the weekend of the judging, and when I opened one...right around the time I knew they were judging, I pretty much crapped in my pants...especially since I opened a second one and it gushed too....

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So, this is a santitation problem? Crap - I thought I cleaned the hell out of everything, and sanitized it all really well - I don't really know where I could have gone wrong...

This was my first brew, and I thought I was even a little overzealous with my sanitation. Is it really that easy to get an infection? Should I be worried about the others that are still in the fridge?

Hmmmm, I guess I'm just a little discouraged....I thought I had done so well. I guess live and learn, and if they won't make me sick (a little reading of "How To Brew" says they won't but eventually they'll taste like ass), drink them down anyway.

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It still could possibly be mixing -- I give mine a good stir before I bottle (unless I forget )

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how can I tell the difference?

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(actually it was my fault I originally broke the tube at the bend, and just slapped the hose on it with a clamp and never dissasembled it.)
Glad to know I'm not the only one snapping auto-siphon tubes at the bend. *grumble*
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I think it's an infection. More than likely you would have seen inconsistent carbonation before this.

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Glad to know I'm not the only one snapping auto-siphon tubes at the bend. *grumble*
Just did this yesterday, myself
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It still could possibly be mixing -- I give mine a good stir before I bottle (unless I forget )
it's doubtful so late in the game this would be the cause of it....we're not talking three weeks after bottling...where talking the end of a batch where it didn't evidence itself for a few weeks...that usually means late gusher infection.
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Ok - maybe someone can bottom line this for me - I'm thinking that it is an infection (I'll open another tonight and see if I get the same result). Assuming that is the issue, what steps can I take to avoid this in my next batch, or is this a pretty common problem?

I have a honey ale in the secondary ready to be bottled (likely this weekend) - and I don't want to have the same issue, but I don't know what the source is, so I guess I'm a little worried...

Edit: Now that I think about it (and I'm pretty sure I'm overthinking it and freaking out a bit) the honey ale finished lower than I expected (using Safale us-05) - I expected around 1.013 and got to 1.007+/- (I don't recall excatly and don't have my notes with me at work)...Could this be a bad sign?

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