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Old 03-21-2012, 01:46 AM   #1
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Default Carbonation problem

So I've bottled several batches of beer using natural carbonation... No problems... until my last two batches!

The last two batches had OG's of 1.08 and 1.10, so I expected the carbonation to take a little longer. It's been about 3 weeks on one batch and 4 weeks on the other.

My question is:

Can I pour these bottled beers into a keg, force carbonate, and then re-bottle them?

Obviously, I know this will need to be done in a sanitized manner. Just curious if anyone has ever had this problem and had success with the procedure I'm considering doing.

Thanks in advance for your responses!

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Old 03-21-2012, 01:49 AM   #2
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It could take several months for those to carbonate. I just threw a batch in a keg that was in bottles for about 4 months and it's carbonated but it's also a little cardboardy. The biggest risk you run of transferring to a keg, if you are sanitized, is oxidation.

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Old 03-21-2012, 05:45 PM   #3
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wait another 3 months and post in this thread again if there is still no carbonation.

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Old 04-24-2012, 01:35 PM   #4
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oh this thread makes me feel a lot better. I'm having the same concern with a big (9.3% abv) IIPA I just made. The yeast got a little carried away converting sugars I guess. It's been about 3 weeks now and my previous 2 batches were nicely carbed up by this point. The IPA tastes amazingly good and I'd love to see a nice frothy head on it. Time and patience will tell I suppose. Does anybody know the reasoning behind why bigger beers take longer to get their bubbles?

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Old 04-24-2012, 05:28 PM   #5
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Yeast get sluggish and perform more slowly in higher ABV environments.....they don't like the alcohol, it's their waste product and they'd rather it stay that way.

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oh! duh....that makes perfect sense now that you mention it. Thanks

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You wouldn't want to crap as much in a swimming pool of crap either.

I amuse myself entirely too much.

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Old 04-24-2012, 08:11 PM   #8
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Quote:
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You wouldn't want to crap as much in a swimming pool of crap either.

I amuse myself entirely too much.
.... Wouldn't want to be swimming pool of crap in the first place... Poor yeast
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Poor yeast nothin! Get swimmin and do your doody, er...duty...

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Yeast flatulence is the one bodily function loved by all ... Whether ppl know it or not

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