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Old 11-06-2005, 10:40 PM   #1
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I've just recently opened my second Pumpkinstein, just to see how it's coming along. Still needs some time. But here's my concern. The first one I opened was carbonated, and the second one was not. I thought I was sanitizing my bottles really well, but then I read on another thread that one-step is just a cleanser. Could this be the culprit? Or is it because we didn't rinse it out? It seems like it has to be an issue with the bottling process itself, otherwise none of them would have carbonated.

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Old 11-06-2005, 10:47 PM   #2
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I've just recently opened my second Pumpkinstein, just to see how it's coming along. Still needs some time. But here's my concern. The first one I opened was carbonated, and the second one was not. I thought I was sanitizing my bottles really well, but then I read on another thread that one-step is just a cleanser. Could this be the culprit? Or is it because we didn't rinse it out? It seems like it has to be an issue with the bottling process itself, otherwise none of them would have carbonated.

This most likely is not a sanatizer problem. Usually these symptoms indicate an incomplete mix when you primed your batch. Some bottles got more sugar than others.
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Give it a bit more time.

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My first guess would be that you didn't mix well enough.

I usually stir in the priming mixture for a couple of minutes then bottle about 10 bottles, re-stir and bottle another 10 and repeat.

Question: Have you noticed if the ones that ARE carbonated are from the outer edge of the container you have them in?

IMHO, if the bottles are on the outer edge then you need to take the middle ones out of the case (or whatever container you use) because they're not getting warm enough to carbonate.

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I think it's the mix. I actually just pour it in and assume that it will dissipate. I'll know better next time. Thanks guys.

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My first guess would be that you didn't mix well enough.

I usually stir in the priming mixture for a couple of minutes then bottle about 10 bottles, re-stir and bottle another 10 and repeat.
I thought this was a no-no . . . won't mixing at this point introduce oxygen?

I feel that the swirling of the siphoned beer into the bottling bucket sufficiently mixes the sugar with the beer (obviously you'll need to have added a pre-boiled sugar/water liquid first).

Keep in mind I'm a noob and my beer leaves something to be desired . . . but carbonation is a problem I have not (yet) had to deal with . . . always carbonates just fine.
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I thought this was a no-no . . . won't mixing at this point introduce oxygen?
A gentle swirl with a sanitized spoon won't introduce any oxygen...you're exposing it to more oxygen just by the surface area in the bottling bucket after you siphon it out from under its co2 cloud in the fermenter. You might get adequate mixing just by siphoning it in, but a gentle stir buys a little insurance.
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Stir only don't agitate. You need to stir occasionally during bottling.

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You need to stir coassionally during bottling.
I thought you were supposed to stir cross-assionally.
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