Originally Posted by martn55
I just opened my blueberry witbier a week early because....hay its superbowl today and i wanted to drink it. My problem is that it tastes really carbonated. Its making bubbles like a soda would just sitting there. Im mean its creating a head just sitting on the table. I get a carbonation burn when i drink it, almost making it taste sour. Any comments on what might have caused this? I followed the kit directions and used only the priming sugar that came with it. Could it have maybe been the blueberry flavor? Was there sugar in it?
Not giving it it's full time for the co2 to be absorbed back into the solution. Just because you opened in KNOWINGLY early, doesn't mean there is anything wrong with the beer, just your patience level.
The 3 weeks at 70 degrees
, that we recommend is the minimum
time it takes for average gravity beers to carbonate and condition. Higher grav beers take longer.
Stouts and porters have taken me between 6 and 8 weeks to carb up..I have a 1.090 Belgian strong that took three months to carb up.
Temp and gravity are the two factors that contribute to the time it takes to carb beer. But if a beer's not ready yet, or seems low carbed, and you added the right amount of sugar to it, then it's not stalled, it's just not time yet.
Everything you need to know about carbing and conditioning, can be found here Of Patience and Bottle Conditioning.
With emphasis on the word, "patience."
Look at poindexter's video, in the thread and you will see why your beer is behaving the way it is. It's perfectly normal for what you experienced to happen. The so2 may be in the headspace, but not in the beer. The beer is not really overcarbed, it's just that the gas hasn't dissolved back into the beer yet.
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