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Old 03-06-2012, 01:30 AM   #1
Feb 2012
Aiken, SC
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So yesterday I racked my Kolsch into the bottling bucket. About halfway thru I realized I forgot to add the priming solution at the bottom of the bucket. I immediately added the solution and then as carefully as possible mixed the solution with my kolsch once the siphon was complete. Will I run into major issues with this? Or will it be ok. First brew ever so just wondering. I'm pretty ticked at myself for making the mistake because I've done a pretty good job of staying on top of things so far, but I guess there's always room for improvement! Thanks in advance for any replies.

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Old 03-06-2012, 01:36 AM   #2
Jan 2012
key west, florida
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Im curious as to the seasoned pros answer to this as well. Im a new brewer but as far as what I've read you should be fine as long as you didn't aerate it too much when you added it.

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Old 03-06-2012, 02:02 AM   #3
Jan 2012
Howell, NJ
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+1 to that. I think you should be fine, so long as you didn't aerate at all and provided you sanitized whatever you used to stir with. I think the 2 biggest risks would be contamination by the unsanitized stirring wand and oxidation due to aeration when you stirred.

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Old 03-06-2012, 02:03 AM   #4
Apr 2009
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I have started stirring when adding priming solution(gently, mind you) and have been getting much more consistent carbonation when bottling. Don't worry.

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Old 03-06-2012, 02:16 AM   #5
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I gently stir to mix and have made drinkable beer. I say, no worries. Just don't stir up a froth.

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Old 03-06-2012, 02:27 AM   #6
Feb 2012
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Just like everyone else said, just stir with a reasonably sanitized tool. You'll get consistent carbonation.

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Old 03-06-2012, 04:08 AM   #7
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I think you are fine. You were right to stir it - I don't think just dumping it in would have sufficiently mixed it in (unless you gave it enough time to diffuse on its own).

I generally add half my priming solution to the bucket, start racking the beer, then add the remaining priming solution about half way through the racking. I get good results, but am often tempted to give it all a stir just the same to alleviate my fears/doubts about everything being properly mixed.
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:31 AM   #8
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I too add half in the beginning and the rest half way through. I do "pulse" my racking tube up and down methodically to mix thoroughly.
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:27 AM   #9
May 2011
Napa, CA
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I've done this way too many times.

What I do now when it happens is grab my sanitized funnel, stick the bottom end of it into the beer, and pour the priming sugar/water into that. There are no bubbles and it's a smooth pour. Then gently stir, and it's all good.

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Old 03-06-2012, 10:35 PM   #10
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I give mine a few seconds of gentle stirring every-time...no slosh...no waves..no worries.

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