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Old 09-20-2013, 08:02 PM   #1
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Bottling my first home brew tonight. I'm so excited, like I'm having a baby.

And then stuffing it into 40 12 oz bottles and sticking it in a closet for another 2 weeks.

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Bottling my first home brew tonight. I'm so excited, like I'm having a baby.

And then stuffing it into 40 12 oz bottles and sticking it in a closet for another 2 weeks.

You would be a horrible parent.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:19 PM   #3
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Congrats on your first brew....

If you did a 5 gallon batch you should get more like 48-54 bottles. Second, leave it in the closet for 3 weeks and then put a few in the fridge for a couple of days.
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:17 PM   #4
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Are you brewing from a kit? They probably gave you too much sugar. Try and estimate the actual volume of beer you'll bottle (accounting for yeast/trub you'll be leaving in the bottom of your fermentor) and punch it into a bottling sugar calculator.

If you just dump in the whole 4.5 or 5 oz, your first beer will be all gushers like mine was.

...and, of course, congrats!
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:25 PM   #5
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Bottling my first home brew tonight. I'm so excited, like I'm having a baby.

And then stuffing it into 40 12 oz bottles and sticking it in a closet for another 2 weeks.

Yeah, you forgot to mention anything else other than "I'm having a baby".

Speaking of 40, I just dialed up another 40+ score. English IPA. So good!

But that may never mean anything to you.

Meanwhile, enjoy!
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I've never had 4.5-5 ounces of sugar make gushers before. Maybe your beer wasn't quite done fermenting yet? Or infected. 4.5-5oz sugar produces a normal range of VCO2 (volumes of co2). Also,leaving the beers at room temp for 4 weeks & 1 week fridge time can fix that sort of thing.
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I wouldnt stress the gushers to awfully much.. Now where I run into potentials.. With this 4 gallon batch using 5 gallons worth of priming sugars will over carb beers. Or lie others have said inected / not fully fermented beers will do this
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