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Old 07-31-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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Default 6 Weeks and still no carbonation

This is bizarre. I brewed NB's Shining Star Pale Ale back in May, pitched a Wyeast 1056 starter, fermented at 64 for 2 weeks, bottled with 4.5 oz priming sugar, conditioned in my 71F basement and 6 weeks this past Sunday still no carbonation. I've never seen an ale like this take so long. Obviously I'm going to give it a bit longer but I'm getting a bit concerned. Any thoughts?

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something is wrong

did you boil the priming sugar with water before you added it to the bottling bucket?

are you sure you used priming sugar and not a similar-looking bag of something like malto-dextrine?

how many bottles have you opened? you might think about which bottles were filled first and which middle and which later so that you don't test two bottles that were bottled right after each other.

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something is wrong

did you boil the priming sugar with water before you added it to the bottling bucket?

are you sure you used priming sugar and not a similar-looking bag of something like malto-dextrine?

how many bottles have you opened? you might think about which bottles were filled first and which middle and which later so that you don't test two bottles that were bottled right after each other.
I did boil it.

It was definitely priming sugar (at least that's what the package from the LHBS said)

I've opened 4 so far. The first 2 were the last I bottled. The 2 after that were random.
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I did boil it.

It was definitely priming sugar (at least that's what the package from the LHBS said)

I've opened 4 so far. The first 2 were the last I bottled. The 2 after that were random.
Have you successfully bottled other beers?
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Hmmmmm, it's always possible that it wasn't corn sugar in the packet ??..........uncap a few, drop 3 or 4 carbonation drops in each one and recap. See if they carb up in a week or so...

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I have. That is why this is so bizarre. I even took one, swirled it and moved it to a warmer location.
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This is bizarre. I brewed NB's Shining Star Pale Ale back in May, pitched a Wyeast 1056 starter, fermented at 64 for 2 weeks, bottled with 4.5 oz priming sugar, conditioned in my 71F basement and 6 weeks this past Sunday still no carbonation. I've never seen an ale like this take so long. Obviously I'm going to give it a bit longer but I'm getting a bit concerned. Any thoughts?

Do you mean no CO2 release when a bottle is opened or the beer itself is not carbonated? If there is no CO2 release when a bottle is opened, the caps you used may have had poor seals.
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Hmmmmm, it's always possible that it wasn't corn sugar in the packet ??..........uncap a few, drop 3 or 4 carbonation drops in each one and recap. See if they carb up in a week or so...
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. That's the only logical answer. I'll give my LHBS a call to see if they had any other complaints and I'll try the drops. I'll let you know what happens.
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Do you mean no CO2 release when a bottle is opened or the beer itself is not carbonated? If there is no CO2 release when a bottle is opened the caps you used may have had poor seals.
There is a hiss when I open them. It's small but it's definitely there.
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There is a hiss when I open them. It's small but it's definitely there.
I had a couple of batches which I carbonated with corn sugar to 2.8 volumes. I wasn't getting the head I expected from the first bottled or the last bottled. I refrigerated for about 10 days instead of 3 days and then the beer finally carbonated. Unlike yours I did get a pretty good release of CO2 on opening after 3 days of chilling.
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