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Old 10-10-2008, 05:01 PM   #1
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Hi, I've brewed several batches with varying success, and am hoping someone can help with a strange event that's occured a couple of times.

I usually my beers a week and a half to ferment. I don't typically move them to a secondary fermenter. Twice, when I've decided to bottle, when I throw in the usual ~1/2 - 3/4 cup of priming sugar (dextrose), the beer will immediately start to foam up in the fermenter, as if i've thrown in a tab of alkaseltzer or something. Then when I bottle these beers, they never fully carbonate. Very frustrating!

Why does this happen? Am I not waiting long enough before bottling?


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Old 10-10-2008, 05:02 PM   #2
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So do you bottle right out of your primary? Do you have a hyrdometer?


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Old 10-10-2008, 05:10 PM   #3
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Are you saying you do not secondary but toss in priming sugar into the primary also?

By mixing in the priming sugar in the primary you rouse the sediment...that's wrong.
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Lately yes, I have been syphoning straight from the primary (one of those plastic buckets from the kits), doing my best to leave all the trub behind. A hydrometer I do have, lately I've been lazy about taking all my measurements.
Do you think that I may be bottling too early? I wonder if the sugar could be killing the yeast...doesn't seem likely though...
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No, sugar won't kill your yeast. Invest in a bottling bucket, its not that much work to clean it and save alot of time and effort while bottling. I also boil about a cup of water and dissolve the sugar in it before adding to the beer. Not sure if you are doing that or just dumping in the sugar.
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Old 10-10-2008, 05:13 PM   #6
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Hi Homebrewer99, when i throw in my priming sugar I do not stir, thus not rousing the trub. Using this method I've had varying success with bottle conditioning, so maybe that explains that part of the problem. But my main question is why is there that rush of activity and the foam when I pitch the priming sugar?
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Old 10-10-2008, 05:14 PM   #7
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dont toss powdered sugar right in the bottling bucket you need to dissolve the sugar in boiling water to sanitize and prevent foaming.
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when i throw in my priming sugar I do not stir, thus not rousing the trub. Using this method I've had varying success with bottle conditioning, so maybe that explains that part of the problem.
That definitely explains the problem. Get a bottling bucket
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Good to know, I'm glad I found this message board today! I have extra buckets that I usually use for sanitizing my bottles, so I will use that method from now (as i used to, just got lazy and hate asking the GF for help).
Off topic, but what would you all recommend for wort chilling equipment? I don't have the funds to invest in one of those heat exchanger things, but I'm not really sure about the copper tubing ones either. Any thoughts?
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Wort chillers are great, especially if you have cold tap or hose water. I used to just buy a few bags of ice and stick them all around, but making the $50 investment on a chiller pays for itself in a few batches and save alot of time.


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