Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Uneven carbonation
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-27-2007, 01:21 AM   #1
pulpracer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 3
Default Uneven carbonation

I brewed up a batch of pale ale and bottled it. It's been in the bottles for about three weeks and the taste is pretty darn good. But the carbonation is really uneven - meaning that one bottle will produce a nice rich head when poured and the next bottle will produce almost no head - though there is a light carbonation within the beer. It all came out of the same bucket - and all pretty much tastes the same. Any ideas?

__________________
pulpracer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-27-2007, 01:47 AM   #2
McKBrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
McKBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Hayden, Idaho
Posts: 8,291
Liked 31 Times on 27 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Number one guess would be inadequate mixing of the priming sugar into the bottling bucket. I've made that mistake. Think about how you did it, and see if it applies to your situation.

__________________

Make Beer, Not War.

McKBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-27-2007, 02:55 AM   #3
EdWort
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
EdWort's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Bee Cave, Texas
Posts: 11,967
Liked 266 Times on 139 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

When I bottled, I would add the dissolved priming sugar first to my bottling bucket and then rack my beer to it. The constant swirling of the beer flowing into it help stir it up to make it even. A final good stir is still a safe way to go to prevent uneven carbonation as well as bottle bombs.

I'd give all your bottles a twist as well.

EdWort is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-27-2007, 04:37 AM   #4
rcdirtbuggy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 73
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

another possibility is that some of them were capped wrong and there are slight leak in some of the bottles. But as already stated I think the best bet is that the priming sugar was not fully mixed.

__________________
rcdirtbuggy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-27-2007, 03:31 PM   #5
gnef
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 749
Liked 2 Times on 1 Posts

Default

how uneven is it exactly? if it was extremely uneven as far as you can tell, be careful with some of the bottles, as they could potentially be bottle bombs. i would put everything in the fridge now to slow down and try to prevent any bottle bombs from happening.

__________________
gnef is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-29-2007, 05:09 AM   #6
rra24403
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 21
Default

I have heard that this can happen if some of your bottles were not completely sanatized too.
Just a possiblity to keep in mind.

__________________
rra24403 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-01-2007, 08:15 PM   #7
pulpracer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 3
Default

Thanks for all the posts. Good information to work with.

__________________
pulpracer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Question about uneven carbonation JefeTheVol General Beer Discussion 2 10-05-2009 05:59 PM
Uneven carbonation! Help! Teacher Bottling/Kegging 8 08-22-2008 04:26 AM
Uneven bottle carbonation Empty Bottle Man Wine Making Forum 2 03-05-2008 08:32 AM
Uneven Carbonation in my first brew.... TerapinChef Bottling/Kegging 3 11-10-2007 02:34 PM
Uneven carbonation zmcgrew Bottling/Kegging 4 10-03-2006 03:38 AM