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Old 12-24-2013, 10:22 PM   #1
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Default No carbonation in a wee heavy, looking for a reason

I brewed a wee heavy right before Thanksgiving and bottled it Thanksgiving weekend. Because of all my help (a 5 and 3 year old), I forgot to add more yeast when bottling. 2 weeks later, I cracked a couple open and zero carbonation. In an effort to "save" the batch, I opened all the bottles, gently poured them into a bucket, rehydrated some US-05, and re-bottled the batch. Opened a couple today, and still no carbonation. Not even a little. I'm assuming the high alcohol (~10% per beersmith) killed the added yeast, but any other ideas would be appreciated. Assuming I'm right, what should I have done? Used Scottish yeast? Thanks in advance, and Happy Holidays to all.

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Old 12-25-2013, 06:33 AM   #2
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Did you add any priming sugar before bottling?

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Old 12-25-2013, 07:50 AM   #3
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Did you add any priming sugar before bottling?
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Really though, several mentions of adding yest but not sugar.

Bathtubbrewer, just in case you didn't add the priming sugar: at the end of primary fermentation and prior to bottling, there is usually plenty of living yeast (even in many 10% beers, but adding more is OK) but just no fermentable sugars left for them to consume. You add a measured dose of sugar prior to bottling which the suspended yeast in the bottled beer consume and create CO2, which carbonates your beer.

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Sorry, should have mentioned that I did add the proper amount of priming sugar. Also, after priming and bottling, I stored the bottles at about 73 degrees.

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Old 12-29-2013, 12:26 AM   #6
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I think it may take a couple of months to get carbonation with a high gravity beer like that. This is exactly what happened with my Northern No. 1 kit a couple of years ago. It's about 11 percent ABV and took forever to carbonate in the bottles.

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Old 12-29-2013, 12:37 AM   #7
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i bottled a dubbel the third week of october. not a hint of carbonation on thanksgiving. cracked one open yesterday ant it was good and bubbly. just give it a while and eventually it will be ready.

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I have an Imperial Pumpkin that didn't carb, turns out the alcohol level was too high for the yeast. Planning on adding some yeast with a higher tolerance to each bottle.

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Good to know! I'll try to be patient and give it another month or so. Thanks for all the feedback!

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