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Old 09-09-2009, 06:02 PM   #1
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I have a 5 gal batch of Porter that has been bottled for 4 weeks now. The first bottle (and only) I tested had NO carbonation. I've read through most of the post about carbonation problems and I'm prepared to wait longer realizing that higher gravity can take longer. This batch is in the 6-7% range. I believe that I followed good technique when I bottled. I boiled the priming sugar in a quart of water and let it cool. Placed it in the bottom of the bucket and racked on top of it. I encouraged a swirling by keeping the tube at an angle. Just for FYI, primary fermentation was for 3 weeks. I created a started from 2 smack packs of American Ale yeast. Secondary fermentation was for 1 week.
Now like I said, I'm OK with waiting a bit longer to see what happens but my question is this. What are the options if it just doesn't carbonate?
Would the best option be to move it to a keg and force carbonate? Has anyone every done that and do you have any advice? Is it possible to re-carbonate and re-bottle?

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Old 09-09-2009, 06:23 PM   #2
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I have never had a batch fail to carbonate. How were the bottles kept?

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Old 09-09-2009, 06:38 PM   #3
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What temp were the bottles kept at and how much corn sugar was used?

When you opened the bottle was there ANY "phtt" ?

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Also, what kind of bottles? Some of the stubby ones (i.e., Sierra/Negra Modelo) can be hard to cap. They may look capped, but sometimes the cap isn't actually sealed all the way. 3 or 4 of my last batch had this problem...

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Did you test another bottle to make sure its more than just that one?

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Also, what kind of bottles? Some of the stubby ones (i.e., Sierra/Negra Modelo) can be hard to cap. They may look capped, but sometimes the cap isn't actually sealed all the way. 3 or 4 of my last batch had this problem...
That sucks... I just scored about 25 sierra navada bottles last week, and already cleaned them and have them ready for bottling my Amber Ale on Friday.
Is there a way other then looking at it to make sure the cap is on all the way?
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:53 PM   #7
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These are brown bottles purchased from brewing store. Not recycled or used bottles. They have been kept at 70 degrees in the dark. I used 5 ounces of Priming sugar. There was no sound at all on the bottle I opened. I have not tested another bottle yet but I plan to soon. One more thing. The bottle I tested was the LAST bottle I capped. I point that out because I am allowing for the possibility that I did not have a good "mix". The next test bottle will be the first bottle I capped to see how it does. But guys.... please answer the question. Has anyone opened bottle and kegged? How did that go? Is it possible to re-prime, re-yeast and re-bottle?

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Old 09-09-2009, 09:15 PM   #8
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I'am sure it would be possible but i would not attempt it. I
would just let the bottles sit for awhile. Like you mentioned
heavier beers take longer sometimes to carb up.

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I'd check one that you bottled at the start. If it's overcarbed, then you definitely didn't mix your priming sugar well enough.

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since it was your last bottle was it filled up all the way? i noticed this with my first batch. i brewed an imperial stout and they were all well carbed except for the last one that was half full.

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