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Old 07-26-2009, 01:51 AM   #1
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Cracked open a bottle of ale after being bottled for eight days. I have been keeping them around 68 degrees F, give or take a few. I was a little impatient but I wanted to see how they were doing. Tasted great! No fizz. There was a small release of pressure when opened but the beer was basically flat. Will two more, 5 more, 10 more days make a difference? The yeast was a Danstar Nottingham dry packet. The only thing I was concerned about in the early process was a slow wort chill and no extra aeration into primary. Wouldn't think that would matter being before the addition of the yeast. Directions followed best I knew how and all ingredients were a kit, Flat Tyre Too. I left a lot of sediment in the primary when I racked into the secondary, did too much yeast get left behind? Should I just relax, crack another bottle of Mothership Wit and just patiently wait for my first brew to age some more?

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Old 07-26-2009, 01:53 AM   #2
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OK. After I posted this I read another thread response that said 3 weeks, 3 weeks, 3 weeks. Does that answer my question?

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OK. After I posted this I read another thread response that said 3 weeks, 3 weeks, 3 weeks. Does that answer my question?
Well, I think it just might!

Many of us "sample" a bit early, but at least three weeks is necessary. Even if the beer carbs up, it still needs some time for the sediment to drop out and for the carbonation to dissolve into the beer. I promise, it's worth the wait!
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3 weeks at 70, then a couple days in the fridge. Pour into glass and enjoy! But for the mean time, enjoy the Mothership Wit, that stuff is delicious!

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Old 07-26-2009, 09:21 PM   #5
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I've yet to have a bottle not fully carb in one week. I keep them warmer than 68 (except maybe in the two months of winter.) After a tester passes like to cold condition for a week and they will clear up nice. I don't brew many big beers that need aging but even those carb up at 75 in a week. Five weeks grain to glass. Reading other threads like this one on here you would think I'm the only one, I'm not.

I'm just a saying that people are wrong when they say three weeks minimum and they really should just say wait three weeks before starting a lack of carbonation thread.

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I'm with conroe. My 38 batches have always carbed in a week with 4oz corn sugar/5 gals. @ room temp. The carbonation becomes more lively with longer aging sure but I always start sampling @ 7 days. Most of my beers seem to reach their peak quality @ 5 weeks in the bottle. I love to monitor the evolution of my beers.

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Old 07-28-2009, 11:04 PM   #7
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Heya
I'm having this same problem myself. The one thing that all my under-carbing batches have in common is that they've all been racked to a secondary after a week, then sat for two before bottling. I've used pacman yeast in both, which is highly flocculating, so i'm wondering if I've left too much yeast behind?

I have an IPA that I'm about to bottle. I was thinking about culturing some yeast, letting it sit, then mixing it with 1.25 cups DME and gently stirring it in to the bottling bucked while siphoning.

Has anyone ever done this? Will this increase my risk of bottle bombs, assuming that I'm patient and let the starter run its course?

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I add yeast to any brew I have crash cooled or lagered. I just sprinkle in 2-3 grams of T-58 to the bottling bucket as I rack. Any dry yeast should do as long as it is capable of the ABV. T-58 sticks nice and solid to the bottom of the bottles.

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Just cracked my first of some Browns (Gila_Monster_V10) that were bottled 36 hours ago. Carbonation seems in line with what I had calculated, yeasty. I hope the flavor profile doesn't change much. It's going into my first comp next month (I have already entered it.) I'll let it condition the rest of the week at room temp in case the yeastyness covers some flaw that the flocculating yeast may possibly devour than refrigerate them to clear.

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