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May Have Overcarbed my Dubbel
« on: March 16, 2016, 02:14:30 AM »
Long story short, bottled my first batch after a long hiatus. Aiming for 1 gallon (~11 bottles) and ended up with 9 bottles.

Carbed for 1 gallon (~30g Turbinado) aiming for 3.2 volumes. Reverse engineering the calc shows that for 0.78 gallons (~9 bottles) with 30g Turbinado I'm anticipating 3.7 volumes. I used bottling yeast as well (~1/2 g).

I used recycled Westmalle bottles:



I've carbed similarly before but was much closer to anticipated bottle yield and did not use bottling yeast.

Any worries?

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Re: May Have Overcarbed my Dubbel
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2016, 03:34:49 AM »
I'd be surprised if you had any problems at 3.7 volumes in those bottles. I've done 3.5 for hefes in regular long necks before, and while I wouldn't do it again, I didn't have any issues, either.

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Re: May Have Overcarbed my Dubbel
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2016, 04:07:34 AM »
Here in BFE, Hermiston, OR, the local constabulary has me listed as a carb-head (hop head too, but that's slightly different) so take that into consideration when I say: [there's no such thing as "overcarbed"].
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Re: May Have Overcarbed my Dubbel
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2016, 08:10:36 AM »
Those are the strongest beer bottles in the world.
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Re: May Have Overcarbed my Dubbel
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2016, 08:29:34 AM »
Here in BFE, Hermiston, OR, the local constabulary has me listed as a carb-head (hop head too, but that's slightly different) so take that into consideration when I say: [there's no such thing as "overcarbed"].
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Re: May Have Overcarbed my Dubbel
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2016, 08:35:27 AM »
Sounds good fellas.

It's what I figured but felt it was a good idea to get the opinion of some others as well.

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Re: May Have Overcarbed my Dubbel
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2016, 11:51:58 AM »
I never carbonate more than 2.7 volumes, ever.  It's just not worth the risk of gushers or explosions, and who wants a beer that pours >50% foam?!
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Re: May Have Overcarbed my Dubbel
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2016, 11:59:51 AM »

I never carbonate more than 2.7 volumes, ever.  It's just not worth the risk of gushers or explosions, and who wants a beer that pours >50% foam?!

I agree. Was aiming lower and was worried mostly about bottle bombs but I feel confident in the bottles so I have zero worries now.

I typically aim for 3.2 volumes.

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Re: May Have Overcarbed my Dubbel
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2016, 12:08:04 PM »
I accidentally carbed to 4.5 volumes in some old natty boh bombers. They survived just fine, so I'd imagine you're fine. There was enough pressure for the caps to dome over though.
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Re: May Have Overcarbed my Dubbel
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2016, 12:16:33 PM »

I accidentally carbed to 4.5 volumes in some old natty boh bombers. They survived just fine, so I'd imagine you're fine. There was enough pressure for the caps to dome over though.

Longnecks and bombers I would be worried about definitely.

Westmalle carbs in the range 3-4 volumes so I'd assume the bottles are rated for at least 4 volumes.

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Re: May Have Overcarbed my Dubbel
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2016, 03:06:47 PM »
You will have no worries whatsoever with using those bottles.  They are very strong and will easily handle the 3.7-4 vol you have especially if kept cold.

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Re: May Have Overcarbed my Dubbel
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2016, 05:26:09 PM »
ive routinely done 3.8ish target  in my bombers for hefe. first time i bagged them and put in box.... since then never have. no issues at all that i've experienced-not even swollen caps.
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Re: May Have Overcarbed my Dubbel
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2016, 01:36:59 AM »
You need to pop one open. ;D

I like my dubbels a bit more on the effervescent side.
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Re: May Have Overcarbed my Dubbel
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2016, 01:47:39 AM »

You need to pop one open. ;D

I like my dubbels a bit more on the effervescent side.

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Re: May Have Overcarbed my Dubbel
« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2016, 11:58:00 AM »
Progress report:

I now have one bottle left (out of 9) and the beer was definitely carbed on the high side.

I had a few gushers in the beginning but it now displays a pretty large foam stand when poured. Nice foam. Flavor is a bit off due to a slight mishap with rising temperature but all in all it turned out very drinkable. I am going to save the last one for my next brew day.