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Sour Gushers
« on: June 15, 2015, 09:56:56 PM »
The last 2 sours I've picked up have both been gushers. While I didn't lose the whole beer, it was enough to be annoying.

They were Cascade and Prarie Artisian sours FWIW. Is there any point in contacting the brewery as an FYI for them, or is this somewhat common for the style?

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Re: Sour Gushers
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2015, 10:05:22 PM »
The last 2 sours I've picked up have both been gushers. While I didn't lose the whole beer, it was enough to be annoying.

They were Cascade and Prarie Artisian sours FWIW. Is there any point in contacting the brewery as an FYI for them, or is this somewhat common for the style?

Being a Belgian sourhead myself I can assure you this is NOT common for the style, but simply poor fermentation handling. You can have a gusher in a non-brett beer, and then you have an infection. I can understand that, these things happen. But when you have a sour beer gusher something is fundamentally wrong.

Sorry, I have mixed feelings about Prairie. Last year I went to SF in the summer. My first beer was a Prairie brett beer, and it was my first beer in the States that went down the drain. No gusher, simply not tasty.
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Re: Sour Gushers
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2015, 10:25:31 PM »
Awfully coincidental that both of two different brands would gush. Were they opened too warm?

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Re: Sour Gushers
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2015, 10:34:34 PM »
Awfully coincidental that both of two different brands would gush. Were they opened too warm?

Is that a thing? Both weren't chilled very long, maybe 4-5 hours in the refrigerator.

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Re: Sour Gushers
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2015, 10:54:33 PM »
CO2 comes out of solution much easier as temp warms. A lot of American sours are effervescent, so they can foam over if too warm. Try again but chill over night

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Re: Sour Gushers
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2015, 01:05:03 PM »
Yep.  Give them a good 24hrs in the fridge before opening.  The beer needs time to absorb the CO2 again.

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Re: Sour Gushers
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2015, 03:33:21 PM »
Prairie has received a lot of flack for their poor bottling practices. Their beers are known gushers around here. Many people (including myself) won't buy Prairie anymore over the gushing and the fact that the owner declines to respond to anybody about it.

I'm surprised you had that problem with the Cascade. I haven't heard that happening much. I would reach out to them and let them know. They might be more responsive.
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Re: Sour Gushers
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2015, 04:26:48 PM »
Prairie has received a lot of flack for their poor bottling practices. Their beers are known gushers around here. Many people (including myself) won't buy Prairie anymore over the gushing and the fact that the owner declines to respond to anybody about it.

I'm surprised you had that problem with the Cascade. I haven't heard that happening much. I would reach out to them and let them know. They might be more responsive.

There's a reason Prairie never tries to brew the same beer twice...

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Re: Sour Gushers
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2015, 09:40:51 PM »
Got a response from Cascade today and nothing yet from Prairie...


"Our beers are highly carbonated and if served above our suggested serving temp of 40 degrees, which is listed on the bottle, there is a chance that it could become a gusher. Let me know if you have any other questions."


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Re: Sour Gushers
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2015, 12:36:14 PM »
"Our beers are highly carbonated and if served above our suggested serving temp of 40 degrees, which is listed on the bottle, there is a chance that it could become a gusher. Let me know if you have any other questions."

*gasp*
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Re: Sour Gushers
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2015, 01:16:08 PM »
I did not expect that kind of a response from Cascade. Serve at 40? Too damn cold.
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Re: Sour Gushers
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2015, 02:05:03 PM »
In all fairness, you just need to open the bottle cold but you don't have to drink it that cold.

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Re: Sour Gushers
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2015, 02:58:03 PM »
A lot of American sours are effervescent, so they can foam over if too warm.

Are you saying that's a feature?
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