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Old 07-24-2006, 03:14 AM   #1
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Default How long will it take to prime a bottle of beer?

At the end of my last brewing run I started kegging beer and drinking it within the next couple days and have learned that some beers taste damn good right away. I just bottled my first batch in a long time and am just wondering how long it will take to carbonate?


I ask because all resources of brewing techniques that say two weeks is what is needed to carbonate & age. I just want to carbonate....I dont drink enough beers to blow through the batch so by the time im done with it it will have aged plenty.

I just want to drink it now!

P.S. I'm in Chicago for three weeks and only have 2 of my 22oz'ers on me so I don't want to waste it by opening it too early and it not tasting well since I only have 2 chances, but at the same time I dont have transportation every day so would like to relax with one.

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Old 07-24-2006, 03:50 AM   #2
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i usually try the first one 4 days after bottling

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Old 07-24-2006, 01:53 PM   #3
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Carbonation is very temperature dependent. 1-3 weeks typically at 70F.

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Old 07-24-2006, 04:12 PM   #4
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My experience is that the beer gets properly conditioned in 3 weeks.

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At fermentation temperatures, I would say 2 weeks for corn sugar, 3 weeks for DME.

But higher or lower temps can have a big influence.

I usually crack the first bottle after 2 weeks, just 'cause I can't stand waiting longer than that.

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Old 07-24-2006, 05:58 PM   #6
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At fermentation temperatures, I would say 2 weeks for corn sugar, 3 weeks for DME.

But higher or lower temps can have a big influence.

I usually crack the first bottle after 2 weeks, just 'cause I can't stand waiting longer than that.
Thanks for your input, but everyone is saying that temps can change that well im assuming you mean higher temp, faster carbonation?
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generally yeah, but there are limits. If the stuff is stitting in the sun at 110 degrees thats no good. Best to let it sit at room temperature (65-85) for a couple weeks. Mine are usually fairly flat after 4 days, but I just want to see how it turned out. They get MUCH better after a few weeks/a month in the bottle.

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Some beers can go through a range of bizarre flavours before they're carbonated in my experience. Remember yeast don't just produce alcohol and CO2, they produce some weird and wonderful by-products and off tastes which usually get re-metabolised. I would wait at least 10-14 days at normal room temps. Some Belgian breweries keep their bottles in warm conditions so this process is expediated, you could try that.

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