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Old 03-08-2010, 01:57 PM   #1
Zombie13
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...although I haven't looked overly hard....

So, I started brewing about 3 months ago and I LOVE it!!!! I have 2 batches under my belt, as well as some Lemonade and some Mead. Some questions that I've yet to get answered clearly are:

1) My first batch, a Brewer's best Smoked Porter, turned out really well, but now the bottles are INCREDIBLY foamy. I pop one open and if I don't drink or pour it immediately, I have a geyser. So I pour it, and pretty much immediately get a glass full of foam, with the bottle still overflowing with foam. Eventually it subsides and tastes fine, but it is fairly annoying. Is there anything I can do about this? The beer is already pretty chilled when I open it so.... Should I be concerned about it?

2) I made a batch of hard lemonade what was delicious, but it was still. I want to make another batch sparkling, but I am concerned about making bottle bombs. The recipe I *loosely* followed (I believe it was YooperBrews) listed OG and said what FG he liked it at, but no mention of bottling or stopping fermentation that I could find. I know I can back-sweeten it once fermentation is complete with a non-fermentable, but what about bottling and carbing?

Sorry if these have already been answered, and thanks for the help.

Z.

 
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Old 03-08-2010, 02:10 PM   #2
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Yoop is a her.......... If your beer tastes fine I am thinking maybe over carbed and I'd be concerned with bottle bombs.
As for the lemonade, I would ferment it out dry, then add a non fermentable sweetener ( splenda) to taste then prime and bottle with corn sugar.
I am a rookie so take this advice with that in mind.
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Old 03-08-2010, 02:30 PM   #3
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Yoop is a her.
Oops.... my bad. Sorry. No offence meant.


I thought about the over-carb, but since it was a kit and not just me getting ingredients, I wasn't sure that would be accurate.

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Old 03-08-2010, 03:03 PM   #4
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It may have been over carbed because fermentation was not complete before you bottled it. I think the biggest mistake beginners make is using a time line for your brewing. Instead of fermenting for a certain amount of time, take hydrometer readings, and when you see that the hydrometer reading is the same over a few days its done fermenting and time to bottle or rack to secondary.

As far as I know there is nothing you can do to reduce carbonation once it has already happened. But as OHIOSTEVE said be careful for bottle bombs.

 
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Old 03-08-2010, 03:32 PM   #5
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Put them all in the fridge, that'll stop the yeast and you won't have bombs.
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Old 03-08-2010, 03:45 PM   #6
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When you use a lot of foam positive ingredients, you get a large head. Have you seen a Guinness poured? My first brown beer was like that, tasted good though. I'd suggest getting a couple of 23 oz pilsner glasses.

 
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Old 03-08-2010, 03:51 PM   #7
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Hold on folks, how long has the porter been in the bottles?

 
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Old 03-08-2010, 04:11 PM   #8
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Hold on folks, how long has the porter been in the bottles?
2 months? Give or take a week. IIRC I bottled 1/2/2010.

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Old 03-08-2010, 04:20 PM   #9
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When you say your bottles are "pretty chilled" before you open them, what does that mean? If you're not already, refrigerating them overnight or longer may help. Otherwise, I think the Brewer's best kits give you 5 oz. of priming sugar, which in some cases can be too much, but in my experience has not caused problems as severe as yours.

 
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Old 03-08-2010, 04:29 PM   #10
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When you say your bottles are "pretty chilled" before you open them, what does that mean?
Several hours to several days in the fridge. Sometimes in a freezer-chilled glass, more often in a 16oz 'Coca-Cola' glass.

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