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Old 04-19-2014, 09:13 PM   #1
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Default Low carbonation in bottles

I haven't made the push to kegging yet, rather like bottling and the ease I can move my bottles around to friends parties (that is, if I bottle a beer I would like to tout around and show off...)

Issue: Past two brews I have bottled have not carbonated. I have one that has been sitting in bottle for about a week, at what should be a steady 63-65 degrees, and popped it open today to test carbonation. I got that wonderful 'FSHHH' sound when I popped the cap off, but the bottle itself is practically flat.

Priming sugar was right on point, even used the beermaster calc to make sure I was using the right amount. I know it might be a little early with this batch, but it seems like it should be carbbed up by now! Also, I didn't cold crash or anything. This brew was in primary for about a week, secondary for about a week, and then bottled up. Steady temps throughout brewing. OG was spot on, so I know the yeast did it's job.

Any idea what I am missing here?

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Old 04-19-2014, 09:15 PM   #2
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Give the beers another week of conditioning and get them cold for a day or two before opening.

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1 week is not nearly enough. Rule of thumb is 3 weeks at 70F.

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Does that scale linearly with temperature?

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Old 04-22-2014, 12:11 AM   #5
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Agreed to what Mer-man asks. I had mine sitting at probably about 64 or so, and moved it into a warmer room of about 72 to try and speed up the carbonation. Not sure if it was worth it or not....or is the rule of thumb just 3 weeks at an ambient temp?

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Bottle conditioning is a small fermentation in the bottle. The colder the temp, the longer fermentation, and thus carbonation occurs. Warmer temps speed the process up a little. Three weeks at about 70F is a good rule.

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