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Old 06-08-2008, 10:30 PM   #1
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Default 4 weeks and not carbonated???

I am trying to figure what went wrong.

I brewed a arrogant bastard clone, OG 1.080 FG 1.020 and the beer was in only a primary fermentor for about 3 weeks, then I bottled with 3/4 cup dextrose and now 4 weeks later they are not carbonated.

The only thing I can think of is I store my bottles in my garage and here in So Cal it got pretty hot about a week after I bottled in my garage, maybe 85 for a few days. Would that heat have killed all the yeast???

Thanks for any ideas or thoughts

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Old 06-08-2008, 11:08 PM   #2
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I would be willing to bet you killed your yeast. Infact i would almost put money on it.

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Old 06-08-2008, 11:12 PM   #3
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anything i can do at this point?????

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Old 06-08-2008, 11:32 PM   #4
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Force carb with a keg system then bottle. That is the only thing I can think of.

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If the priming sugar is still in the beer, could you pop open every bottle and add a pinch of dry yeast and re cap? Maybe use something clean like Safale US-05. I've never had to do this before but I think I'd give it a shot.

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You know...OG of 1.080 is a mighty big beer....And big beers take more time. The 3 weeks we mention is just a rule of thumb, NOT set it stone....

85 degrees isn't enough to kill yeasts... So I'd take tdavisii's bet

I wouldn't add anything to the bottles...YET....If you do and the yeast is fine, but taking your time, you could be talking bottle bombs...

I would lay them on their side, roll them back and forth a couple times to re rouse the yeast, then set them aside in 70 degrees for a couple - 3 more weeks....

Then we'll talk about adding more yeast or sugar...

Read this an watch the video...and the video is for a NORMAL OG beer....

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showpost...&postcount=101

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You know...OG of 1.080 is a mighty big beer....And big beers take more time. The 3 weeks we mention is just a rule of thumb, NOT set it stone....

85 degrees isn't enough to kill yeasts... So I'd take tdavisii's bet

I wouldn't add anything to the bottles...YET....If you do and the yeast is fine, but taking your time, you could be talking bottle bombs...

I would lay them on their side, roll them back and forth a couple times to re rouse the yeast, then set them aside in 70 degrees for a couple - 3 more weeks....

Then we'll talk about adding more yeast or sugar...

Read this an watch the video...and the video is for a NORMAL OG beer....

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showpost...&postcount=101

Everything he said.

I've had big beers take 2-3 months to bottle carb
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I still think the yeast are dead. However now that its official and the bet is on I agree there are some things (one in perticular) that might help if the yeast ARE alive. Shake that bad boy and rouse those yeast. that and just wait. As far as opening them i think that is a horrible idea. Not only would you be at risk for little critters getting in there, now you are allowing oxygen in which will make your beer turn to poo fast.

Reason for me thinking what i do. If it reached 85 and there was any light what so ever getting to those bottles. The temp in the bottle was higher than that. Add this to already hurting yeast (high alcohol and worn out from fermentation) I think they went to little yeastie heaven. Dont worry though they get to see there grandma and grandpa there.

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I want some action on that yeast bet. Just bring the bottles inside and roll them around as described by the Rev. Your yeast will wake up and start eating again. A beer that big is going to take some time.

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I want some action on that yeast bet. Just bring the bottles inside and roll them around as described by the Rev. Your yeast will wake up and start eating again. A beer that big is going to take some time.
Yeah, I've had stouts with only a 1.048-1.050 OG take 6-8 weeks to carb up. Something as big as the Arrogant Bastard I wouldn't start worrying for at least another month.
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