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From: "FEINSTEIN" <>
Subject: Gusher anecdote
Date: 1990-01-10 17:13:00 GMT

Hi there!

The recent discussion about gushers put me in mind of an anecdote from a
fellow brewer (the person who got me started in brewing, in fact).

My friend Steve generally brews in 25 gal batches. Of necessity, he generally
keeps things simple. So, he usually uses the type of hydrometer that isn't
scaled to specific gravity readings. Rather, it just has a red line labeled
"Bottle," and when the reading says "bottle" he does so. Steve, btw, bottles
all his beer in champagne bottles.

Now, the scales on hydrometers are printed on pieces of paper which are glued
inside the hollow necks of the hydrometers.

Well, once upon a time, the paper in Steve's hydrometer slipped just a little.
Not enough to notice, but enough to matter. Some time after bottling the batch
in question, Steve was standing near the storage area. He heard a funny
sound. Glancing at the shelving the beer was sitting on, Steve discovered the
source of the sound: the bottles of beer, which had inadvertently been filled
too soon, were vibrating with accumlated pressure. The sound was the bottles
rattling on the shelves and clinking against each other!

Hollering for his wife's help, Steve quickly pulled out his priming and
bottling equipment and cleaned it. He and his wife then emptied all the
bottles into the priming bucket. Steve has described this operation to me as
consisting of pointing the neck of a bottle against the side of the priming
bucket, popping the cap off, and removing the now-empty bottle-- it emptied
virtually instaneously, with a "BOOMP!" as the cap came off.

Steve re-bottled the beer, with no further addition of sugar. After a normal
aging period, the beer was consumed. I am told that while it wasn't as
carbonated as was usual, the brew was by no means flat, either.

Hope this amuses!

Yours in Carbonation,


"The first cup of coffee recapitulates phylogeny." -- Anon.

Gainesville, FL

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