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Old 05-25-2006, 09:02 PM   #1
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I bottled a batch of ale three weeks ago and I am getting essentially zero carbonation. I am hearing a butterfly fart when I pop a cap but nothing that I would call real carbonation. Yes, I did add the sugar and did stir it in well. The other batches I have made were well carbonated after two to three weeks using the same techniques. If I wait another two to three weeks and I still have no oomph, can I open all the bottles and keg it?

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You should be able to keg and force carb at this point with no problem. What temp are you keeping the bottles at? wouldn't think it would be a problem this time of year, but maybe your wife is like mine and keeps the thermostat set to cold for you to carb properly.

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Well, I am keeping it in the basement. It's probably in the low 60'sdown there anyway. Is there a recommended temp to carbonate at?

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Yes, above 70.

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Alternately, buy some carb drops, open each bottle, add drops and re-cap.

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Alternately, buy some carb drops, open each bottle, add drops and re-cap.
carb drops are just sugar, no?
sounds like there's a problem with yeast quantity or quality (due to temp, possibly) as opposed to sugar.....

does the beer taste sweet?
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I think you need to move them to an upstairs closet before you try anything else.

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It does tase a bit sweeter than what I would expect but I assumed that was due to the fact that the priming sugar had not been consumed yet. I'm going to bring it all upstairs for a couple weeks and see how that goes. Is there a limit to how warm is too warm to carbonate at? The brew was maintained at 66-72 degrees or so prior to bottling. Can I put the bottles in an 80 plus environment for a week or so without harm?

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