I just tried my first batch of home brew, and some of the bottles were over carbonated. What caused it and what can I do about it in the future?
If only some of the bottles were overcarbonated, in my experience that means the priming sugar wasn't mixed into the beer thoroughly enough in the bottling bucket. Two ways to ameliorate that are:
- if you have enough length, coil the tubing coming from your racking cane on the bottom of the bucket, creating a gentle whirlpool
- sanitize a spoon and gently mix the beer/priming sugar mixture before bottling.
The main problem with the above two solutions is that it has the potential to oxygenate the mixture, so make sure to do it gently and with as little splashing as possible.