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Old 01-21-2012, 10:24 PM   #1
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Brewed a Russian Imperial Stout using a NB extract kit. Tastes great but has the carbonation of a Belgian Golden. Was in secondary at least 3 mos. Intentionally went with less than the 5/8 ths cup of sugar but my bottles are more effervescent than those guys in the "More Beans?" scene in Blazing Saddles.

Help. Would longer in secondary have helped or should I REALLY cut the sugar for bottle conditioning. Thanks.

 
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Old 01-21-2012, 10:26 PM   #2
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English isn't my first language...

 
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Old 01-21-2012, 10:54 PM   #3
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It's over carbonated or under? Imperials take a long time to finish fermenting. Did the gravity readings go down and level constantly?

 
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:11 PM   #4
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I think it's way over carbonated. My reference point is the Stone Russian Imperial. Very low carbonation. Mine generates a huge head and seems a lot more bubbly than I think is right.

 
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:18 PM   #5
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if you are over carbonated, and you reached the expected FG, then IMO the only solution is to cut out some of the priming sugar

 
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:21 PM   #6
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Thanks. I suspect that's it. I never feel like the hydrometer is all that accurate, but it was steady, perhaps it could have declined more... But... I guess I'll just open them early for now!

 
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:18 AM   #7
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Refrigerate them for a week. Then, put them in the freezer for 30 minutes before drinking. It will help tremendously. I just got done with a batch similar to that.

 
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:27 AM   #8
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Very cool. Thanks. Took one out of the reefer that I had ther for a while just now and it was better - good to know that's not random chance. Thinking about storing the balance of the bottles in the fridge... If cooling can "cure" it probably makes sense to wait...

 
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Old 01-22-2012, 03:38 PM   #9
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Try using this priming calculator next time. Carbonation will be more accurate to style; http://http://www.tastybrew.com/calc...s/priming.html
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:01 PM   #10
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Put it in the back of the closet and forget about it for a while. I have read that sometimes under carbonated beers give the impression they are over carbonated because the CO hasn't dissolved into the beer yet.
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