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Old 06-26-2012, 07:25 AM   #1
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Default 2nd batch under carbonated

My first kit from brewcraft, it turned out over carbonated. So, my second batch, I reduced the priming sugar about 10-20%.

The IPA has been bottled for three weeks now in a warmer temp room (~70 deg). It is still a little under carbonated. Is there anything I can do?

I was wondering if I should open some of the beers, put in a tsp of sugar and recap? would this even work, or cause other issues?

Any advice?

It's not undrinkable, but could def be improved.

Thanks

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Old 06-26-2012, 09:04 AM   #2
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under carbed? or just not where you think it should be?
And why do you say the first batch was over carbed? did it gush?

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Old 06-26-2012, 01:27 PM   #3
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It will continue to carb after the three week period, it doesn't just stop carbing at three weeks, be patient.

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Old 06-26-2012, 01:47 PM   #4
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I use 3/4 cup of priming sugar in 2 cup of water per 5 gallons of beer. Never had a problem.

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Old 06-26-2012, 01:55 PM   #5
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My first kit from brewcraft, it turned out over carbonated. So, my second batch, I reduced the priming sugar about 10-20%.

The IPA has been bottled for three weeks now in a warmer temp room (~70 deg). It is still a little under carbonated. Is there anything I can do?

I was wondering if I should open some of the beers, put in a tsp of sugar and recap? would this even work, or cause other issues?

Any advice?

It's not undrinkable, but could def be improved.

Thanks
I wouldn't put any sugar in them and recap - you might get bottle bombs. Let them sit another week or two. If they're still not carbed to your liking then use more priming sugar next time and chalk it up to another learning experience (you'll have many of them in this wonderful hobby).
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:53 PM   #6
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The three weeks we refer to here is often just a minimum. Beer takes exactly as long as it needs to carbonate. If you added sugar, it's foolproof...It will happen, in due time. You don't want to add any more sugar, or else you will get bottle bombs.

Some beers take 4-8 weeks to carb, some take 6 months....it all depends on the gravity, and how tired the yeast is.

Patience.

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Old 06-27-2012, 03:00 AM   #7
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I had a similar situation with a brewers best amber ale it was way under carbed after 3 weeks, so I actually inverted all the bottles and gave them a light swirl to get the yeast back in suspension. This worked really well, they were almost fully carbed after an additional week.

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+1 on waiting. I saw a great YouTube video of a guy who was clearly a veteran of brewing. He took short videos at various stages. 1 week, 10 days, 2 weeks, etc. each time he insisted it would be ready soon. The beer wasn't fully carbed until day 36. he "wasted" 5 bottles in the process of checking so often.

It is ready when it is ready as they like to say here.

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Can't get the YouTube to link over

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Old 06-27-2012, 05:04 AM   #10
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Thank you all for the good advice! To add to my optimism, I just cracked a Bridgeport kingpin that had similar head and feel, so I must not be too far off.

Thanks again

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