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Old 05-20-2012, 06:32 AM   #1
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Default Are these going to explode & should I drink them ASAP?

I brewed a witbier that sat in the fermenter for about 2 weeks and has been in the bottle a little over a week. I popped one open tonight and it tastes excellent, but there's a lot of carbonation. Not gushing carbonation, but a lot. Is it normal for this style to carb that fast and is it going to increase with time? If so I guess I'll need to drink them before they all explode, right? Help!

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Old 05-20-2012, 06:45 AM   #2
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need a little more info.....

what was your FG and did it stay stable?
What size batch
how much and what kind of priming sugar did you use

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Old 05-20-2012, 06:57 AM   #3
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FG was .007 OG was 1.047. 3 gallon batch. 2.13 oz of corn sugar measured on a digital scale. Yes I made sure the FG was stable before bottling.

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It's only been bottled one week?

That's probably your answer there. The newly formed CO2 hasn't dissolved into solution maybe. Let me guess, it foamed a lot but still seemed flat?

Give it at least three weeks in the bottle and be sure to chill for a couple days before serving.

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No, it's stays carbonated. Great head retention and lacing.

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What AZ_IPA said.

Other than that, you can avoid bottle bombs by putting them in the fridge.

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I opened another one just to be sure it wasn't an issue of the priming sugar not being evenly distributed. Same story, I guess it just carbed up quick. Moved them to the fridge for happy drinking.

This raises another question: Will the beer condition further in the fridge?

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my witbiers have always carbed up really fast but seem to calm down a bit after a week or 2. i say give them a bit more time then put a couple in the fridge for a few days

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