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Old 08-25-2013, 03:23 AM   #1
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I brewed a extract Belgian Golden Strong Ale which I put on a yeastcake of a tripel I had just bottled. I added a pkg of Safbrew T-58 after 3 days. Initial ferm was very vigorious and got a second little kick when the T-58 went in. OG was 1.085 and FG 1.012. It was a 5 gal batch. I used about 3/4 cup of corn sugar to bottle about 40 bottles of beer. After sitting for 4 weeks at around 75 degrees, the beer is flat. I shook the bottles good at about 2 weeks. Any ideas? Was the yeast from a high gravity beer simply exhausted. I'm thinking of mabye trying to uncap and put a few drops of fresh yeast in each bottle from a syringe or something.

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Old 08-25-2013, 07:11 AM   #2
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At that temperature you should have well carbonated beer in 2 weeks or so. I would guess that your yeast dropped out of suspension and you don't have enough left to do the job. I had the same problem once with New Belgium's proprietary strain and ended up opening the bottles, adding a few grains of US-05 and resealing them. I suspect it was a characteristic of the yeast strain.

I'd let it sit for a couple of weeks more and see what happens. Usually even after cold crashing and/or bulk aging there is still enough yeast to carb up. It just takes more time than usual.


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