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Old 12-31-2006, 08:13 PM   #1
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I bottled my first brew 9 days ago. I used 3/4 cup corn sugar in 16oz flippy bottles. I tried one today just to see how things are progressing and there was no "pop" when I opened it and not ONE bubble.. NO carbonation at all.. shouldn't I get somthing after 9 days?? I have the bottles in a dark closet around 70 degrees... what could be wrong or is it too early? I've heard people on this site say they have decent carbonation after a week.. how?

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Old 12-31-2006, 08:17 PM   #2
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Did you pre-boil the sugar? Put the sugary liquid in the bottle bucket before racking to it so it mixed in nicely?

Its been a while since I've bottled, but usually they're a bit caronated by now but I wouldn't worry, and try one in another week.

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Old 12-31-2006, 08:18 PM   #3
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Try turning the bottles over and back to shake up the yeast. I had a batch that didn't carbonate after 2 weeks did this a couple of times and 2 weeks later-carbonated beer.

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Old 12-31-2006, 11:11 PM   #4
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ok, I'll try that. and yes, I boiled the sugar for ten minutes and put it in the bucket and gently stirred..

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Old 12-31-2006, 11:13 PM   #5
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You won't necessarily get any carbonation after that short a period. Leave them along for another two weeks before worrying.

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If that still doesnt work, try moving them to a warmer location.

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Old 01-01-2007, 05:46 PM   #7
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Only time I ever had trouble with bottle carbonation was when I left an ale in a slightly too cool room - it did fine when I got it back up to the high 60s. What type of yeast did you use, and are you sure about the temp? Was there anything unusual about the fermentation itself (did it take longer than normal or seem to be less vigorous than normal)?

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Old 01-01-2007, 07:53 PM   #8
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ok, I'll try that. and yes, I boiled the sugar for ten minutes and put it in the bucket and gently stirred..
Why did you boil it for ten minutes??? Bring the water just to a boil, turn off burner, pour in sugar while stirring, once sugar is disolved let it cool. Once it has cooled, pour it into your bottling bucket, rack your beer into it, then bottle and cap. I've never boiled my priming solution and have yet (knocking on wood) to get any kind of infection in my brews.

The last thing you want to do it stir your beer in the bottleing bucket. Aerating your beer before you bottle it would be a very good way to ruin it. Stirring, even gently, is one way to aerate it.
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I got advice on this site telling me to gently stir so all the sugar will distribute evenly... I was also told to boil for 10 minutes.. oh well, hopefully all will turn out ok in the next couple of weeks. On the bright side, the one bottle I tried tasted very good, just flat...maybe that means there is hope..

although, I hope it's not the flippy bottles. I hear sometimes they can let air in.. They are brand new though, first time every used.. but to be on the safe side, I think my next batch I will use caps...

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Old 01-02-2007, 02:24 AM   #10
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oh, and It had a very active fermentation. actually lasted about 9 days...and the beer is in a closet that I believe is the warmest place in the house.. I have nowhere else to put them except right on top of a heating vent...

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