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Old 03-08-2013, 02:09 AM   #1
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Okay, Ive read around the forum and I know that yeast on the bottom of the bottle is the way to go. BUT! I screwed up my last two batches of beer. Right before I bottled my batches I ran my wort through a mess hops sock thingy to get the floaties out. What I didn't think about is that I filtered out the yeast in the process. Now after 2 1/2 weeks my beer isnt conditioning right. Its still flat. I need some ideas to fix them.

  1. Open bottles and add a pinch of yeast?
  2. Poor all beer back into a fermentor and add yeast?
  3. Leave alone for a few more weeks?

I cant Keg either.

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Old 03-08-2013, 02:13 AM   #2
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Yeast are microscopic- they'd go right through a hops sock. If the beer isn't carbonated, it's NOT from that. It could be flat due to a colder storage temperature or inadequate priming sugar added- but it's not from straining.

You may have oxidized the beer badly, though. Oxidation is a big risk when trying to filter finished beer without a closed system and co2.

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What will Oxidation do to the beer?

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Old 03-08-2013, 10:44 AM   #4
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Leave them and brew another batch. Lesson learned

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if they've been stored at 70° for at least 3 weeks, you could try rousing the yeast.

turn them upside down and let them sit for 3 days. turn back right side up for another 3 days. refrigerate for a week.

worked great on my Belgian blonde that didn't want to carb

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What will Oxidation do to the beer?
It will give the beer a cardboard taste
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So adding a granule of yeast to the bottles and recapping wont work?

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So adding a granule of yeast to the bottles and recapping wont work?
probably not worth the trouble and the risk outweighs the benefit.

sometimes you just gotta admit defeat and move on. the bright side is that you get to drink your mistakes. sometimes they're still tasty mistakes

I would first rouse the yeast, like I suggested in #5. do it to six or so, and maybe at the same time add yeast and recap another 6

after 2 weeks, do the rest however way worked out best.

or raise the white flag
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Your yeast is fine, you can't filter it out with a hops bag. Sometimes my beers take 3 weeks to carb and 4-5 to carb to perfection. If you used the right amount of priming sugar, chances are you're golden Ponyboy.

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They are pretty tasty even when flat, so not too much of a fail. Thanks for your help guys. Ill let you know how it comes out in another week or two.

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