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Old 02-16-2012, 01:07 AM   #1
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Default Bottled prematurely? What can I do?

My imperial black pepper rye is too sweet and too carbonated. I'm betting I should have left it in secondary much longer before I bottled. I hadn't yet gotten around to buying an hydrometer, so can't tell you anything about gravity readings. I only have five 750ml bottles left, but would like to try to fix them so they'll taste and pour better! They've been in the bottle at around 60 degrees F for about two months. I imagine the yeast is still viable? I'm thinking of maybe doing something in the range of: a, popping the caps and immediately resealing to b, dumping them (gently!) into a one gallon jug, installing an airlock, waiting a couple days, then sealing the jug back up. Maybe leave it for a few days to recarbonate, then chilling the whole mess? Any suggestions?

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Old 02-16-2012, 02:02 AM   #2
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I had that problem a while ago. When I opened a bottle, it would foam up and taste overcarbonated. What I did was to gently pry off each cap, allow bottle to sit for 10 minutes, then re-cap them. It worked nicely.

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Old 02-16-2012, 02:09 AM   #3
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If you only have 5 bottles left I say get them in the fridge for a week or two and drink them! Then buy a hydrometer, make another batch, and don't bottle prematurely! Dumping them in a bucket will likely oxidize the beer. If you insist on doing something about it then try NorthRiverS idea..
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