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trisnath 10-28-2008 09:46 PM

Beer not carbonating
I made a barleywine over three months ago. It is close to 12%. I left it to carbonate for about two months after adding 3/4 cup corn sugar. The beer is still flat. I even tried adding some sugar directly to a couple bottles and let them go for about a month, still nothing. Could it be that I need to add some yeast back to work on the sugar? Could the yeast of died after sitting in that high of alcohol? I have never had this happen before.

Thanks for any help

BigKahuna 10-28-2008 10:00 PM

Often times Barley wine will need a yeast back.
Since it's bottled...you could add back a granule or 2 or 3 of dry yeast to each bottle. It will not take much more than that in my experience. I would try and use a strain that is nearly the same as whatever your original yeast was to avoid getting a higher attenuating yeast that would cause excess carbonation.

trisnath 10-29-2008 05:15 PM

I had a feeling that was the problem. This is my third barleywine; the first two I had no problems but the alcohol % was lower. I am amazed at all of the threads. Thanks again, Scott

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