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Old 05-06-2011, 10:00 PM   #1
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I brewed my first batch of beer 3 weeks ago..(a wheat beer)..I used 5 oz of priming sugar that came with the kit, left it at room temp for a week, and it has been refrigerated for 2 more weeks. Sampled a bottle today. It has a decent head, but does not taste carbonated enough. Will it continue to carbonate during aging, or am I just too used to store bought beer? Also, for my next batch, is there a way to carbonate it more? More priming sugar perhaps?

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Old 05-06-2011, 10:03 PM   #2
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You're supposed to leave the bottled brew at 70F for 3+ weeks BEFORE you chill any down... Get the brew out of the fridge, and let it rest at room temp for 3-4 weeks and try it again. You'll need to go longer since you'll need the bottles to warm up again, and get the yeast to eat up all the sugars left in the brew still.

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Yes, get them out of the fridge, leave them at room temp for 3 more weeks, then only put one if the fridge for a couple days and check to see if that one was carbed BEFORE your chill them and put the yeast to sleep. They cannot carb in the fridge, and if you put them in the fridge too soon, which you did, then you put the yeast to sleep and they won't carb.

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."

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.

You don't need to DO anything to "fix" it, except let them warm up for a few more weeks, and they will be carbed just fine.

And in the future, don't even THINK they will be carbed until it has AT LEAST been 3 weeks @ 70.

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Thank you...Will do..

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