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03-08-2011, 02:08 PM
Did I just create a braggot bomb?

Last night I had some friends over and we bottled a dry stout and then a mead. I carbed them both, 4 oz of sugar in the stout and 5 oz clover honey in the Mead.

Specifications below.

OG 1.045
FG 1.010

OG 1.084
FG 1.000
Used K1V1116

On the last beer we bottled we were only able to fill up 3/4 of a 12 oz bottle. In the spur of the moment I thought it would be a great idea to top that bottle off with some of the mead. But now I am worried that I have a bomb on my hands.

I'd love to age this but I also don't want to have to worry about an exploding bottle.

03-08-2011, 02:29 PM
Are you worried because the yeast used in the mead could potentially take the beer portion of the bottle even drier (I've seen this happen, the wine yeast goes further than the beer yeast sometimes, depends on what you used). What was the yeast used in the mead portion?

03-08-2011, 03:39 PM
I used K1V1116, so I am a little worried because it can go to 18%.

Right now it is in my basement where ambient temp is about 65 so I am thinking of letting it set for a few weeks and then throw it into the fridge.

Luckily it is only one 12 oz bottle

03-08-2011, 03:55 PM
Well, the issue is less that it can go to 18% and that it might be able to ferment more of the "unfermentables" than the ale yeast was able to. That said, 1.010 is fairly dry for an ale, so it might be ok. I have seen EC1118 chew through an extra couple points above and beyond an ale yeast before though, so there is definitely some danger of going drier.

I'm not sure how much that priming sugar you added works out to though. That bottle has somewhere between 4oz and 5oz since it's a blend (is that per bottle or per how many gallons?).

Someone might be able to tell you how much pressure your priming sugar will gennerate (or maybe you know?). Then, if you're well below the safety tolerance for the bottles you might be totally fine even if the 1116 eats an extra couple points.

03-08-2011, 04:18 PM
The oz measurements for the priming sugar/honey is for 5 gallons.

Medsen Fey
03-08-2011, 10:17 PM
The oz measurements for the priming sugar/honey is for 5 gallons.

That should be good for about 1.5 volumes of CO2 so you have a good bit of room for error - you probably don't have to worry about it exploding.

03-09-2011, 11:11 AM
Thank you both for the reassurance.

Medsen, so I know for the future how did you determine the volumes of CO2? I am familiar with online carbonation calculators however I am not sure how to handle it for two beverages that are mixed.

Medsen Fey
03-09-2011, 11:17 AM
The rule of thumb is 4 grams/liter of sugar produces 1 volume of CO2.