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Old 03-30-2011, 08:33 PM   #1
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I made a blueberry cream ale a while back using blueberry extract from my LHBS. I used the amount of priming sugar that was recommended in the kit directions (4oz) for a 5 gal. batch and cracked one open the other day after almost 3 weeks in bottles. Poured one in a glass and there was about a half inch of actual beer and the rest foam. Had a couple other people do it to and same results. Any idea why this might be?? It's like someone shook them all up and tried pouring them.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:39 PM   #2
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was the extract also sugary? might have too much sugar in the bottles.

 
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:59 PM   #3
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Did you refrigerate them first? Did you take gravity readings before you bottled?
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:05 PM   #4
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Did you refrigerate them first? Did you take gravity readings before you bottled?
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You need to chill the brew once it's been carbonating for 3+ weeks... Chill one for 4-7 days before you pour it into a glass... Otherwise you'll get exactly as you just did...

If you bottled it too early, you could have had bottle bombs, so I'm going to assume that at least fermentation was complete...
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:22 PM   #5
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If you bottled too early it could have finished more in the bottle,if you dindt reach your final gravity.try an ice bath to chill them or let them sit over 3 days to drink.

 
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:17 PM   #6
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I didn't check gravity but it sat in primary 4 weeks. bottles in 3 weeks. They were only in the fridge for about 36 hours so I'm assuming that was the problem
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Try chilling one down for 4-7 days and see how it is...
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Maybe but if is persistant and you start getting gushers it could be an infection.If you cleaned well and sanitized and didnt have it exposed to air very long that shouldnt be the case.It should have finished by 3 weeks, if reg gravity, i would rule that out.
Are you pouring the yeast in at the bottem also?This may cause more foam.

 
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:35 AM   #9
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Maybe but if is persistant and you start getting gushers it could be an infection.If you cleaned well and sanitized and didnt have it exposed to air very long that shouldnt be the case.It should have finished by 3 weeks, if reg gravity, i would rule that out.
Are you pouring the yeast in at the bottem also?This may cause more foam.
I know it wasn't infected. Everything is always sanitized properly and well sealed and also checked regularly. I think it just might have been a sugary kit and not letting it refrigerate properly probably caused it. I will be checking them again Friday since I am at school and have to go back home to check everything. I have a buddy who runs the operation while I'm away.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:40 AM   #10
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I know it wasn't infected. Everything is always sanitized properly and well sealed and also checked regularly. I think it just might have been a sugary kit and not letting it refrigerate properly probably caused it. I will be checking them again Friday since I am at school and have to go back home to check everything. I have a buddy who runs the operation while I'm away.
Well you either bottled to early, from your description less likely, or you have an infection IMO.

 
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