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Old 09-29-2012, 07:27 AM   #1
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So... I opened a bottle early. The beer tastes alright but is completely flat! So, is it because I opened it only after 5 days because I am pretty sure I put enough sugar in the batch before bottling. Should I toss this batch or wait it out? Is this normal??

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Old 09-29-2012, 07:35 AM   #2
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Yeah toss it. Brew a new one, that **** is doomed.

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Old 09-29-2012, 07:39 AM   #3
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Well, there are still a lot more bottles that I could let sit for a week

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Old 09-29-2012, 09:04 AM   #4
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Just wait it out, give it another taste in a week or so

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Old 09-29-2012, 10:49 AM   #5
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Dude!! Wait it out. Bottle conditioning takes a least 1 week usually 3 weeks. Very unlikely it would be carbonated after 5 days!!!! 3 weeks at 70c is normal!!! Don't even think about tossing it!

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Old 09-29-2012, 12:28 PM   #6
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Yeah toss it. Brew a new one, that **** is doomed.
Thats just mean man!
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:06 PM   #7
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So is that the reason it was flat?

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Old 09-29-2012, 11:02 PM   #8
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So is that the reason it was flat?
Probably. Typical bottle conditioning time is 2-3 weeks at ~70 degrees.
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When I bottle my beer, I don't even THINK of touching it for 3 weeks. And they get even better after 4-6 weeks. Certainly not carbed at 1 week. Be Patient!

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So... I opened a bottle early. The beer tastes alright but is completely flat! So, is it because I opened it only after 5 days because I am pretty sure I put enough sugar in the batch before bottling. Should I toss this batch or wait it out? Is this normal??
Why so impatient? It kills me when I see people say they opened a bottle after just a week, one even posted in another thread and said they opened one after two days. You have to develop patience. I personally don't open until three weeks, but even then, they may be carbed but not completely "ready" until later. As others have said, don't toss it, just be patient.
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