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Old 10-08-2008, 02:40 AM   #1
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I bottled this ale on sep 7th. I thought i would try it out on my birthday Oct 7th. I opened a bottle only to here a massive hiss. It sounded like a soda opening. I poured it out into a glass and the foam just overflowed. It was waaaaay over carbonated. It tastes horrible. I have 2 cases of it and I'm a little depressed now. I'm not sure what to do now. Do I just dump it all down the drain. I don't think I could choke down this beer.....

 
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Old 10-08-2008, 02:48 AM   #2
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It may be an infected bottle. Give a few more a try before you do anything rash. I've had a batch where a few of the bottles were much worse than the rest.
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Old 10-08-2008, 02:49 AM   #3
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Ignore it for 6 months to a year is my standard response to any issue that makes you think dump, unless Godzilla's hand actually reaches out of the bottle and grabs your throat.

If it's really just overcarbonated, perhaps just opening a bottle, not pouring it, and leaving it in the fridge for 30-60 minutes to degas before pouring.

Or refrigerate the batch, open them all, let them sit, and recap them.

It's hissing, but NOT gushering when you open the bottle, correct?
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Old 10-08-2008, 02:52 AM   #4
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As far as being overcarbed -

Have two glasses ready and pour straight down the middle. Don't just turned the bottle over, but do encourage a large head to get a lot of CO2 out. As the first cup gets too full move to the other glass.

I have a pale ale that is great, but overcarbed (long story). Getting some of that out of there may help the taste, or help to get to the bottom of what doesn't taste good if it isn't caused from too much carbonic acid. Another option is to give your beer a good stir after you pour.

 
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:06 AM   #5
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Perhaps pour into a pitcher - that would give plenty of room.
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:08 AM   #6
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Yeah it's just a big hiss, it's not actually gushing out. I did prime with maple syrup, which is why it is overcarbonated. Well I should say, primed with the improper amount. I will try opening it and leaving it in the fridge for awhile and see if that works. Thanks for the advice. This is my second brew, so not too experienced yet.

 
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:12 AM   #7
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If you do give some kind of decarb method a shot, let us know! I'm curious to find out if the taste improve.

 
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:21 AM   #8
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I did prime with maple syrup, which is why it is overcarbonated. Well I should say, primed with the improper amount.
Inquiring minds enquire: how much, what size batch? Not for the purpose of embarrassing you, but for the purpose of providing data points, particularly on a lesser-used priming sugar source.
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:22 AM   #9
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Whas this an AHS clone - I have the same EXACT problem with my Maple Nut Brown.
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:24 AM   #10
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No problem, i just don't want to dump it. If the decarb doesn't work I'll let it sit for a couple more months and see how it is. It's so carbonated though. You just look into the glass and see tons of bubbles flowing to the top. I just wanted to try a beer with maple. Not really fool proof recipe since all maple syrups are different.

 
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