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Old 11-20-2011, 09:24 PM   #1
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Alright so I'm extremely new to home brewing and just finished my first batch on my own. I brewed a pale ale and went with bottling on my first go. It's been a bit over a week since I bottled them and I've found that my carbonation between bottles is terribly inconsistent. Some are WAY over carbonated(as in you crack a bottle and it erupts with foam for several minutes) and others are nearly flat. I used two separate types of bottles, long necks and stubbies, and found the long necks to be over carbonated and stubbies are flat. My only theories are that I left different amounts of air in the different bottle types or possibly the end of my bottling batch got the majority of the priming sugar. The long necks were used at the end. Does anyone have any thoughts on what could cause the inconsistency??

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Old 11-20-2011, 09:50 PM   #2
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Did you make a priming solution? When during the racking stage did you add it?
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:24 PM   #3
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Wait - it's been barely a week and you're already cracking those bottles?
Are they even cold yet?

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Old 11-20-2011, 10:36 PM   #4
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The sugar can fall to the bottom of the bottling bucket. I recommend stirring it well with out any splashing. Did you?

More headspace will lower the carbonation as more CO2 will end up in there and not in the beer.

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Old 11-21-2011, 12:26 AM   #5
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A week is not nearly long enough to be checking carbonation. You need to let them sit at least 3 weeks at 70 degrees, then refrigerate for 3 days before opening.

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Old 11-21-2011, 12:35 AM   #6
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One week is the perfect time. Worst case it's undercarbed and a little sweet form unfermented priming sugar.

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Old 11-21-2011, 12:40 AM   #7
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One week is the perfect time. Worst case it's undercarbed and a little sweet form unfermented priming sugar.
One week may be enough. Just don't expect the beer to be carbed properly or that the taste is what it would be if you left them alone for another couple of weeks.
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:45 AM   #8
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One week is the perfect time. Worst case it's undercarbed and a little sweet form unfermented priming sugar.
Um, ok. One week is "perfect", except when it isn't, which is virtually always...

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Old 11-21-2011, 01:02 AM   #9
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One week is normal for me. The two points for carbonating don't take long for healthy yeast.

I'm not going to argue about waiting longer for not crrbed beers but if it's overcarbed now it's not going to be getting any better.

If you don't think carbonation can happen in less than a week you are wrong (and in good company.)

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"Carbonation" can complete in a couple of days. What takes time is for the beer to absorb that CO2 that's sitting in the head space...

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