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Old 01-11-2011, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default Flat beer caused by cold storage?

I bottled a Fat Tire clone a couple weeks ago, opened the first one a couple days ago and there was almost no carbonation. I tried another one last night, hoping it was just a bad seal on the first one, but it was flat too.

After thinking about it a bit, I think I know why they're flat. Right after bottling I brought the beer down to the basement, where its 50-55 degrees. I used Safale US-05 yeast, which wants to ferment from 59-75. Bonehead move, I know. But now I have two questions.

1. Is that temperature difference enough to result in flat beer, or do you think I have another problem?

2. Can I fix it just by storing the beer at room temp for a week or two?

Just to get a few things out of the way, the OG and FG were as expected, I had pretty active fermentation, and I'm sure I added the right amount of priming sugar.

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Old 01-11-2011, 04:08 PM   #2
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Yes, you're storing your bottles in a place that is too cold. Get them somewhere that is around 70 degrees for a few weeks and they should start carbing up.

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Old 01-11-2011, 04:08 PM   #3
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2. Can I fix it just by storing the beer at room temp for a week or two?
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Too hot will kill yeast. Too cold (so long as you don't freeze) just puts yeast to sleep. Warm them up and they perk right up again.

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That's great news. Thanks!

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It's a trick! Send the beers to me and I'll carb them up for you.

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Twist/agitate/invert each bottle just a bit to get yeast roused out of suspension. Then put your bottles in a warm climate (70ish plus) for about a week.

Then back in a moderate temp for a week or two, then chill for a week.

Bet it will be killer.

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Don't forget to roust the bottles to mix the yeast.

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