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Old 10-03-2009, 02:53 AM   #1
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Default Carbonation issues?

I know.. i know.. wait 3 weeks. I didnt. I opened one at a week and a half, warm, and tried it. It was FLAT.

We carbonated a week and a half ago with carb tabs.

Rinsed the bottles with star san (new bottles), then put the beer in and the lids on.

Now, it wasnt cold, and it wasnt 3 weeks. Am i stuck with flat, but tasty beer?

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Old 10-03-2009, 02:54 AM   #2
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Was it cold? Had you waited 3 weeks?
















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Old 10-03-2009, 03:00 AM   #3
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no. was warm at 1.5 weeks. so all is not lost?

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so all is not lost?
No. I've never used them, but I've heard that carb tabs can take a bit longer than corn sugar. Either way, your looking at another week and a half minimum here. Just make sure the temp is 70+ and give it time.
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And when you're going to try one, put it in the fridge and wait at least 24 hours. Popping one open at room temp won't tell you much about how it really is other than that there's enough CO2 to make it go *pssst*.

When you chill the beer, it absorbs the CO2 from the headspace. When it's warm, you just let that out when you open the bottle so it's not a good representation of how the beer is going to be.

Unless you usually drink them at room temp...

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the process of carbonation requires the little yeasties to ferment the sugar you added at the time of bottling. 1.5 weeks is not enough. Wait until the yeast have had the chance to do their job then try again.

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Did you have any kind of "pop" or "psshhht" when you opened the cap?

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yes, there was a slight "psst".

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yes, there was a slight "psst".
Then you should be fine. Give it a few more weeks and chill one overnight to see how it's coming along. Carbonation time can vary quite a bit depending on gravity, yeast viability, temperature, etc.
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Carbonation has frustrated me as well, 3 1/2 weeks and only a slight pssst! i have rolled the bottles placed them in a warmer spot, put them in the fridge for 48 hours prior to opening...etc. little frustrating i'm not a big flat beer drinker.

Beer is a basic Irish red, og 1.040 fg 1.010 bottled using pre packaged bottling suger that came with the Midwest Kit????

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