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Old 03-29-2006, 02:25 AM   #1
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Default Too Much Air @ Bottling, need opinions!

I just bottled my blueberry today and I ran into some problems. The blueberries were smaller than the racking cane/tube and even the little protector thing at the end of my racking cane. The blueberries kept getting caught in there and, despite my many efforts, I could not get the flow into my bottling bucket.

I ended up having to, gasp, strain the beer from my secondary into my bottling bucket. This, obviously, created a crap load of aeration. I waited about 15 minutes and then bottled as normal. The beer looks ok, however, I wonder if my bottles will turn into bombs or my beer will be spoiled. Anybody have any news, good or bad, for me?

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Old 03-29-2006, 02:32 AM   #2
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well, your bottles shouldn't explode since bottle bombs aren't caused by aeration...
it might go stale a little faster than usual, but i'd bet that you don't have too much to worry about if you just drink it after you age it for a few weeks, i.e. don't age it for 6 months.

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Similar things have happened to me in the past, without noticeable consequences. Once one of the joins on my siphon wouldn't seal properly, and I had bubbles streaming through the tube throughout bottling. That turned out to be quite a nice beer though.

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As long as your fermentation is complete and you do not overprime you should be safe as far as the grenades are concerned.
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Same here. My first brew I had a bunch of air get in through an air leak I had a hard time solving - finally had to go get a hose clamp and later found I had gotten a bad batch of hose.
Nothing bad happened and it was drank up over a two month period of time.

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