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Old 01-27-2011, 02:13 AM   #1
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Default Beer Carbonation in bottles not happening too well

So my second batch taht I just bottle of german hefeweizen did not come out so perfect the carbonation did horrible. There are some bubbles but not alot. My first bottle I tried did very well but 1 out of 3 was carbonated the rest with no head retention or little bubbles. I use muntons carb tablets I put 5 in each 12oz bottle just like it says in the instructions. I do 2 gallon batches all the time. Does anyone have any other advice and ways to do this?

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Old 01-27-2011, 02:19 AM   #2
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How long ago did you prime? What temperature did you condition the bottles?

Keep the bottles at room temperature for a few more weeks. You can't rush these things.

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Old 01-27-2011, 02:22 AM   #3
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I always used dried malt extract dissolved in water. It's much more consistent and far cheaper. Corn sugar is cheaper yet and still as consistent. I don't remember the exact ratio I used, but I think 3/4 cup of corn sugar dissolved in a pint of water (which you then heat to boiling and pour into the bottling bucket before racking the beer) per 5 gallon batch, or 1.25 c of DME dissolved the same way.

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How long ago did you prime? What temperature did you condition the bottles?

Keep the bottles at room temperature for a few more weeks. You can't rush these things.
+1 to what BoR posted, and in addition I might give them a turn upside down and a slight swirl. It may help wake the yeasties.
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Using carb tabs rules out a problem with the amount of priming sugar or with the priming solution not being properly mixed. If the bottles have spent 3+ weeks at room temp and aren't carbed, then maybe our bottle caps are the issue.

I had two batches of uncarbed beer. Couldn't figure out what the issue was. Bought a new bag of bottle caps and bam, problem solved. Not sure what the problem was but the caps just werent sealing properly...

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Default 1 oz of corn sugar per gallon or wort

as they say - "your mileage may vary", but this works for me every time. - Mike

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