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Old 03-29-2009, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default Where to put excess beer when transferring to secondary..

So I'm moving my cream ale over to secondary tomorrow to brew a new batch. I currently face a dilemma, however, since I overdid the water on that batch by about 1.5 gallons. My secondary is 5 gallons, so I'm trying to decide what to do with the excess beer. My bottling bucket is a 5 gallon homer (home depot) bucket, and I have read speculation as to whether it is truly food grade or not. If you were in my shoes, what would you do- transfer the excess, add some priming sugar, and bottle it (it's been in primary for a little over two weeks)? Or leave it to settle out in the bottling bucket, and hope I don't get some off flavors due to any number of things that cheap plastic could possibly do to a beer.

Also, the only sugars for priming I have beyond that which came with the kit, are brown sugar and pure cane sugar (In The Raw brand). Which should I go for?


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Old 03-29-2009, 04:14 PM   #2
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1) Get some food grade bottles for the excess - 2liter pop bottles, one gallon cider jugs (these are very useful in general) or really really well washed out one gallon milk jugs.
2) you can't bottle until you hit a stable FG or you may wind up overcarbed (in the worst case expoding bottles)
use table sugar to prime if you dont have dextrose.


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Old 03-29-2009, 04:36 PM   #3
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What about the one gallon plastic jugs they sell spring water in? I have about 4 empty ones, all of which have only had....spring water in them.
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Old 03-29-2009, 05:45 PM   #4
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If I know I have excess I usually fill a growler and prime it.
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What about the one gallon plastic jugs they sell spring water in? I have about 4 empty ones, all of which have only had....spring water in them.
Bottom line when it comes to plastic, #1 and #2 are 100% safe. #7 is up to personal preference, mostly because of the possible health risks associated with bisephenol a. Some of us will still use #7, some won't.

Oh, by the way, those Homer buckets are #2, and are totally safe.
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If it was me, I'd totally forgo the secondary, wait a week and bottle the whole batch at the same time.
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I agree with Yooper. Skip the secondary, and bottle the whole schmear one or two weeks from now.

I do have the same problem when racking to keg -- I often have 'extra' beer that won't fit in the keg. The extra goes into a 2l bottle with a carb cap, so I can force carb it and drink it. The 2l usually carbonates within a day or two, so I can drink it while waiting for the keg to stabilize. No reason you couldn't do the same thing, just with priming sugar.
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If I know I have excess I usually fill a growler and prime it.

Generally bad advice. Growlers are not pressure bottles. I have a growing collection of swing top bottles, that's where my excess goes (usually 2 16's per batch) and I prime with 1tsp of sugar.
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Skipping secondary is a good idea (unless you want to fill up primary with another batch).

I also agree with the 1 gallon cidar jugs. Great to have around for any number of uses, but I really like to take out a gallon from every batch and do something weird to it.
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Generally bad advice. Growlers are not pressure bottles. I have a growing collection of swing top bottles, that's where my excess goes (usually 2 16's per batch) and I prime with 1tsp of sugar.
I see this often, but what about the breweries who sell 64 oz. jugs at the liquor store. They have a sediment layer and I think are bottle conditioned. Although they do have screw on caps witch I think lose there seal after they are opened.


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