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Old 01-14-2013, 01:25 AM   #1
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Yes, I know, dumb move. I took my gravity reading after bottling ( gravity sample did not have priming sugar). Its a Belgian black stout. Mini mash, 6 lbs of light dme.

OG 1.074
FG 1.030

Wyeast 3787, 4 weeks in primary.

Didn't bother to check the gravity because I assumed it would be done after a month. 68 degrees during weeks 1 and 2. 62 weeks 3 and 4. I guess this was too cold

I used 3.5 oz dme for 5 gallons targeting 2.3 volumes co2.

So what do I do now? Should I worry about bombs? Or will they not carb? Should I dump all of the bottles into a bucket and hit it with some s05 to finish the job? Or would that oxygenate it?



 
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:04 AM   #2
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I think you're going to have Mt Vesuvious in your storage closet.

I'd pour it back into your fermentor. I'd personally also guess that oxygenation at this point would help the yeast.

I used too much bottling sugar once, similar to your predicament. Here is a recorded version of the saga for posterity. The beer turned out OK.

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Old 01-14-2013, 02:47 AM   #3
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don't pour it back into the fermentor, better to just dump it down the drain rather than do that. in fact i think i would just dump it and start over, i'm sure others will disagree with that but if you truly have a 1030 beer in the bottle i don't see a reasonable way around: bottle bombs, super sweet beer, oxidized beer (from pouring it out of the bottles then back in after fermentation) or a lot of time wasted on a beer that will be mediocre at best. you've learned a lesson, now apply it to the next beer.

 
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:14 AM   #4
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Hydrometer was pretty clear, but I'm going to open a bottle tomorrow to triple check.

If I'm dumping bottles I will at least give it another chance. I was thinking I could dump them into a Corney keg after purging with co2. Probably avoid most o2 that way and let it ferment in there? Then on tap, definitely wont be bottling after that!

 
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:31 AM   #5
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make sure to taste it
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:58 AM   #6

Dumping it into a CO2 flushed corney keg sounds like your best option. And yeah, learn your lesson here.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:25 AM   #7
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don't pour it back into the fermentor, better to just dump it down the drain rather than do that. in fact i think i would just dump it and start over, i'm sure others will disagree with that but if you truly have a 1030 beer in the bottle i don't see a reasonable way around: bottle bombs, super sweet beer, oxidized beer (from pouring it out of the bottles then back in after fermentation) or a lot of time wasted on a beer that will be mediocre at best. you've learned a lesson, now apply it to the next beer.
This. It's ok to lose a batch. It's ok to dump beer.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:48 PM   #8
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This. It's ok to lose a batch. It's ok to dump beer.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:47 AM   #9
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I didn't follow the popular advice and made an attempt this morning to save this beer.

I tasted a bottle this morning. It was perfectly carbonated (in just 18 hrs!!) and sickeningly sweet. I guess the yeast is still working (whatever i did must have roused them), and I'm sure that all of the bottles would have exploded.

I sanitized a corney keg, and filled it with CO2. I dumped the bottles into the keg, I could see the cloudy CO2 stay in the keg as I did this. Once filled I hit it with a but more CO2 to flush out whatever O2 would have been sitting on top.

I know that the beer would have been oxygenated a bit from the bottling, and then from the dumping into the keg, but I had to give it a try. The yeast should use up some of it. Once I get to a better FG i'll just force carb and keep it on tap, if it tastes decent enough...

 
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:41 AM   #10
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keep us posted, this is the only way to confirm what options there are in these types of cases.



 
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