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Old 02-20-2013, 05:10 AM   #1
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Default please help? beer too sweet after three weeks in bottles!

I'm a new brewer and this may be crazy but , can I open my already carbonated beer and referment it in my conical. My brown sugar clone is to sweet and not hoppy enough so I would like to save my batch if possible. I've never heard of it being done

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Old 02-20-2013, 11:32 AM   #2
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I would not. You make no mention of the recipe,how long it fermented so we have no way of knowing how the beer should finish some beers finish sweeter than others. That said,once I take the time to clean and sanitize my equipment and the needed bottles I have no desire to pour them back in the bucket and risk oxidation and then have to clean everything to do it again. The beer may still turn out fine given time.

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Old 02-20-2013, 12:02 PM   #3
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I agree with BrewerBrear. Post the recipe, the steps taken, and the bottling process. It could be any number of things that went wrong. Or maybe it just needs more time, but not likely. Drink you mistake, and try again.

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What was projected Fg & actual? Might've finished too high. How much brown sugar in recipe & how long boiled? Might have too many unfermentable sugars. How long in bottles? It might not be done yet.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:14 PM   #5
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Starting gravity was 1.78 and final was 1.26 . Fermantation was left for three weeks and its been in bottles for 3 weeks. I had a problem with the yeast slowed cause I believe my temps were to cold about low 60s so I wrapped it and seemed to have helped the krausen drop.

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1.026 might've still been a few points too high,leaving the beer a bit sweet.
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Recipe was 9 lbs malt extract, 1lb Crystal 40, 14 oz crystal 80 and 2 oz northern brewers hops Assad first 15 min and last 15 , I think I shoulda dry hopped. Then last ten minutes of boils I was told to add 2 lbs brown sugar.

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I've been always trying to shoot for high gravity beers. Next time can I repitch my yeast?

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There's nothing you can really do except learn from your mistakes and try to improve it next time. If you dump your bottles and try to referment then you risk/most likely will oxidize your beer and ruin it.

You could brew a similar beer that is really dry and blend them in the glass...

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I've been always trying to shoot for high gravity beers. Next time can I repitch my yeast?
do you use a calculator to determine how much yeast you should be pitching? Do you also use starters? Very important for a healthy fermentation in high gravity beers. Also making sure you get enough 02 in there for yeast reproduction.
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