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Old 06-03-2010, 09:46 PM   #1
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Just bottled a batch of American Wheat. The last bottle is only ~2/3 filled. Is it OK to cap and carb it? Or should I just dump it?

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I would just drink it.

People have mentioned, though I haven't experienced it, that too much headspace may cause the bottle to blow up.

I often end up with a 1/2 bottle or just a few ounces left over. I just drink it. Sometimes flat green beer can be enjoyable.

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Not to start an argument with Revvy, but I have done that a couple of times with 2/3 filled bottles and it was fine.

Not something I would plan on storing for any length of time, but fine to carb up and drink.

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I would just drink it.

People have mentioned, though I haven't experienced it, that too much headspace may cause the bottle to blow up.

I often end up with a 1/2 bottle or just a few ounces left over. I just drink it. Sometimes flat green beer can be enjoyable.

Sometimes!

I would think it is an invitation for oxidation also.
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Not to start an argument with Revvy, but I have done that a couple of times with 2/3 filled bottles and it was fine.

Not something I would plan on storing for any length of time, but fine to carb up and drink.
Like I said, I haven't experienced it, but others have. It was even brought up in a podcast I listened to over the weekend. It might even have been James @ Basic Brewing.

I didn't say it was definitive, just that folks have mentioned it happening.
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I've had mixed results. In some cases I think the bottle had too much head space and did oxidize as it tasted awful upon drinking it. Scared the hell out of me when that happened because I thought I ruined my whole batch somehow until I realized it was just that one bottle tasting bad. However I have had other 2/3 full bottles taste perfectly fine both before that occurrence and since then. Just something to keep in mind imo.

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i had the same thing happen recently. I put it in a glass, stuck it in the freezer to cool it down for about 10 or 15 minutes and sipped on it as I made some notes and got ready for the next batch.
It aint great beer when its green and flat, but it aint bad either.

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My past few batches I've had my last bottle be ~3/4 full. I mark it special, let it carb for about a week and chill and drink it. That way it has carbonation but doesn't sit around long enough to turn into a bomb.

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Ditto for what Atyar said - the last couple are often a little sludgy, the last one often partially filled, so they become my test bottles. I open them up about a week or two after bottling to see how things are going. I mark them with a T on the cap (not creative but effective). Never had a problem.

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