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Old 11-01-2012, 03:32 AM   #1
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Default Second Batch Blues - Over Carb

Opened up my first bottle of my second all-grain batch, and as I popped off the cap the beer shot straight out of the Bottle !! LoL, it scared the crap out of me.

After whipping down the counter, I grabbed a 2nd bottle and eased off the cap this time and poured a BiG Glass of hoppy head, 3rd bottle eased off the cap, and slowly poured out a nice looking Brew !!! Drinking that brew I noticed that the Head was almost like a ice cream float. Beer was nice, just cloudy and the head just all floated on top of the glass

Beer fermented out after 2wks, moved over to a 2nd Ferm, and bottled the next week. Primed in the bottles for 14days and put in my supper cold beer fridge for a wk or so.

Have to say, you guys make this sound and look real easy ! BUT I am hooked, and my little IPA tasted great

What did I do wrong ? Did I over carbonate the Beer ?? Does the beer need to age longer at room temp and cold age longer as well ??

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Old 11-01-2012, 04:18 AM   #2
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:30 AM   #3
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Looks good, tastes good, that's the main thing in life. But like my IPA its on the dark side. Not the evil Dark Side as in Star Wars. LOL

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I am Shocked it tasted as good as it did !! I think I just messed up the amount of priming sugar I must have used, and or it needed to prime/cold age longer ???? You guys tell me, this is my 2nd batch ever

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Old 11-01-2012, 06:10 AM   #5
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I guess the first question would be how much sugar did you use to carb? How did you add it to your bottling bucket and did you stir?

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Yes... What was the batch size and how much priming sugar did you use and what kind of sugar? What was the c02 volume you were going for?

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I guess the first question would be how much sugar did you use to carb? How did you add it to your bottling bucket and did you stir?

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Yes... What was the batch size and how much priming sugar did you use and what kind of sugar? What was the c02 volume you were going for?
I had 4.5 gallons of beer and used just under 5oz of Dextrous. I made up the priming sugar, cooled and added on top of my brew in my bottling bucket.
Did not stir. Bottled the beer, and it sat at room temp for 18days and put into my fridge.

Did not realize I need to shoot for a certain Co2 volume (not sure how to do that) ?? I thought it was a general 1oz sugar per 1gallon
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I would recommend next time, to place the diluted priming sugar in the bottom of the racking bucket, then siphon the beer onto it using a whirlpool effect.

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I had 4.5 gallons of beer and used just under 5oz of Dextrous. I made up the priming sugar, cooled and added on top of my brew in my bottling bucket.
Did not stir. Bottled the beer, and it sat at room temp for 18days and put into my fridge.

Did not realize I need to shoot for a certain Co2 volume (not sure how to do that) ?? I thought it was a general 1oz sugar per 1gallon
Yeah, the typical method is to rack to a bottling bucket that contains the sugar slurry, thus thoroughly mixing the two different liquids. If you do add the sugar to the primary, it's recommended to stir to evenly distribute the sugar.

Based on what you've told us, I wouldn't be surprised if you find some flat bottles.
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There are priming sugar calculators you can use online. You for sure want to put it into the bottom of the bucket so as you rack it dilutes evenly. You may get some bottles that don't have that much carbonation. Did you boil the sugar in water for 10min before adding it in? If not you might have an infection of wild yeast which is why it's so carbed... if your caps start to crown then you should start to worry...

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