Uncarbonated Stouts?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Sunhunters, Apr 1, 2012.

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  1. Sunhunters

    Sunhunters Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2008 California

    My home-brewing buddy and I spaced out in a major way a couple weeks ago when bottling our extra-hopped imperial stout. We had several friends with us that are brewing novices and we wanted them to get a hands on experience during the bottling process, but in the commotion we completely forgot to add priming sugar to our beer before bottling it.

    The first beer I cracked open to inspect was visually disappointing as I poured it, there wasn't any head on it whatsoever. As I tried to wrap my head around what went wrong, I decided to give it a swig; amazingly, it was delicious as ever. Though totally flat, the beer has such a strong body and rich flavor (imagine a Sublimely Self-Righteous by way of Old Rasputin) that it was supremely enjoyable. I just cracked another bottle to enjoy today before heading off to work.

    I have been toying with the idea of recollecting all the beer from the bottles, priming it, and re-bottling it, but I honestly enjoy the current, flat version quite well.

    I suppose I just wanted to pass along the experience to the community at large. Has anyone had a similar experience with uncarbonated beers?
  2. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    What's the abv? Haha I love that you drank one before going to work, champion!
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  3. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,128) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    I have no problem with stouts being uncarbonated. I tend to have more issues with them being over carbonated.
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  4. Omer4176

    Omer4176 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2011 California

    I have no issues with beers being flat. The four pack of Palo Santo Marron I recently had had virtually no carbonation. It surprised me. Flat yes, but loved it regardless. Became my favorite brown ale then and there.

  5. daysinthewake

    daysinthewake Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2010 California

    Serpent's Stout is almost completely flat, but I think it's one of Lost Abbey's better beers.
  6. joshodonn

    joshodonn Initiate (108) Jan 21, 2011 Florida

    If you want to carbonate I would recommend using the priming tabs instead of pouring and re-bottling, I think they would be a heckuva lot easier than pouring and rebottling and would reduce the exposure to oxygen.
  7. genuinedisciple

    genuinedisciple Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2010 Michigan

    We did it with a Belgian Quad once. We had a friend over who paid for the batch of beer to be made and said he'd split it with us. Before chilling we started to add water to the bucket and he got pissed saying that the alcohol would go down. We gently reminded him about the properties of beer, but he didn't care. He made us stop over a gallon short...we knew what would happen, but oh well, free beer. Except, we ended up with an amazing 20% Port, no carbonation :slight_smile:
  8. DavoleBomb

    DavoleBomb Poo-Bah (2,463) Mar 29, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    All I can say if the a stout with no carbonation is better than a stout with no carbonation and priming sugar.
  9. IceAce

    IceAce Champion (856) Jan 8, 2004 California

    Wait...you're not Tomme, are you?
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  10. Sunhunters

    Sunhunters Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2008 California

    I work with a Tome, why do you ask?
  11. Sunhunters

    Sunhunters Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2008 California

    We lost the paper we wrote the OG on (we need to drink less when we brew)... but I believe it was around 1.090 which would put the ABV around 9.8%.
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