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Old 12-15-2011, 02:06 AM   #1
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Just bottled about two weeks ago a atomic fireball mead that registered at 12.5%. The FG was right at 1.000. It does not seem to be carbonating even though I used fresh yeast and corn sugar. Thoughts?

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Old 12-15-2011, 02:10 AM   #2
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It may take longer to carb up due to the higher abv. Wait 2 more weeks and try again.

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Old 12-15-2011, 12:55 PM   #3
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12.5%, new yeast, winter temp(USA),.......may take some time! I would bet a nother 4 weeks

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Old 12-16-2011, 09:01 PM   #4
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or more. high gravity beers can take months. i had a barleywine that took 6 before hitting a decent carb level. two weeks is no where near enough time.

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Old 12-16-2011, 09:47 PM   #5
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or more. high gravity beers can take months. i had a barleywine that took 6 before hitting a decent carb level. two weeks is no where near enough time.
This. At 12.5% I don't care how fresh the yeast was, you won't see a hiccup at 2 weeks. Give it another try in 2 months...
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:49 PM   #6
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Replace the word "beer" with "mead" and you'll get the idea.

The 3 weeks at 70 degrees, that we recommend is the minimum time it takes for average gravity beers to carbonate and condition. Higher grav beers take longer.

Stouts and porters have taken me between 6 and 8 weeks to carb up..I have a 1.090 Belgian strong that took three months to carb up.


Temp and gravity are the two factors that contribute to the time it takes to carb beer. But if a beer's not ready yet, or seems low carbed, and you added the right amount of sugar to it, then it's not stalled, it's just not time yet.

Everything you need to know about carbing and conditioning, can be found here Of Patience and Bottle Conditioning. With emphasis on the word, "patience."

Lazy Llama came up with a handy dandy chart to determine how long something takes in brewing, whether it's fermentation, carbonation, bottle conditioning....



If a beer isn't carbed by "x number of weeks" you just have to give them more time. If you added your sugar, then the beer will carb up eventually, it's really a foolroof process. All beers will carb up eventually. A lot of new brewers think they have to "troubleshoot" a bottling issue, when there really is none, the beer knows how to carb itself. In fact if you run beersmiths carbing calculator, some lower grav beers don't even require additional sugar to reach their minimum level of carbonation. Just time.

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Old 12-17-2011, 01:58 AM   #7
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