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Old 07-14-2010, 08:17 PM   #1
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I bottled NB American Amber Ale on April 11. The beer was then bottled with the priming suger on April 30. June 1st I tried the beer and it was flat. The beer had good flavor but no carbonation at all. I called NB and they said to repitch the yeast so I did on June 2. Today I cracked open one and no change the beer is still extremely flat. Any ideas on why this is happening? The beer is sitting in a closet and the temp is mid to low 70.

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Old 07-14-2010, 08:22 PM   #2
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5 gallon batch?
Pre-Measured Priming Sugar?(Dextrose?)
What kind of bottles? What kind of caps?

If you did everything correctly and there is no carbonation, it makes me think that the bottles are not sealed and the CO2 is escaping.

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Old 07-14-2010, 08:24 PM   #3
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How did you add the sugar?

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Old 07-14-2010, 08:32 PM   #4
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It's a 5 gallon batch and the sugar was dissolved and then added to the bottom of the bottle bucket. The bottles are the ones that you buy from home brew stores and the caps are just plain ole caps that came with the kits. At this point the only thing that makes since is the caps are leaking, but for this to happen twice in a row on the same beer is really bad luck. I am at a complete loss. Thanks for the post

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Old 07-15-2010, 02:30 AM   #5
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What did you use to sanitize your bottling bucket and bottles with?
Perhaps your sanitizer didn't get rinsed out of the bucket/bottles properly thus killing off your yeast.

What kind of capper are you using? Perhaps you have then wrong capper head in it and it is preventing you from getting a tight seal on your bottles...

Just a thought...
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So, are you saying this happened with two separate batches?!?!

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I'm using Star San and for the capper, I'm using the Red Baron capper. I've never had a problem with either of them, but that is possible.

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Old 07-15-2010, 11:10 AM   #8
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This happened to the same batch. When I repitched the yeast it should have resolved my problem. The only thing I know to do is recap them again, but use a different type of cap. Thanks for all the help on my strange problem..

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Doesn't sound like you are giving all the information. But it seems you first bottled on April 11, then checked sometime later and it wasn't carbed. So, then you put more yeast in at a later date(June 2) to try to fix it. But, you probably didn't add sugar again at that time so when you opened to put in more yeast you let all the co2 out.

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Old 07-15-2010, 12:11 PM   #10
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I tried to fix it on June 2, but I did not add priming sugar. I didn't even think about that. So if anything I made it worse. Can I just add the sugar this time around without the yeast, or should I go ahead and re-pitch it again. MajorTom you may be on to something now. That is the only thing that makes sense to me.
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