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Old 02-01-2011, 12:12 AM   #1
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I brewed my first batch a few weeks ago and tomorrow will be two weeks from when I bottled it. I'm a very impatient person and tried one last Thursday (9 days after bottling). Now I was expecting it to be very flat but when I poured it, there was a very large head - leading me to believe that it was carbonated enough. Upon tasting it, it tasted rather flat. This happened again yesterday. Is this normal in the conditioning process or did I do something wrong in the bottling process? I thought the beer tasted a little funny but since I'm new at this it's kind of hard to tell when the beer isn't fully carbonated like I'm used to. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-01-2011, 12:25 AM   #2
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Check out Revvy's Bottling tips for the homebrewer thread and you'll find some great information on this. Look for the post near the bottom of the first page titled Revvy's Blog, Of Patience and Bottle Conditioning. It explains the process in great detail.

Long story short, wait another week or two and you'll be fine

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Old 02-01-2011, 12:38 AM   #3
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Perfect. Thanks for the info.

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I'm a very impatient person and tried one last Thursday (9 days after bottling).
That's the problem, not that anythings wrong. The process hasn't finished yet, the gas hasn't absorbed fully yet.

The 3 weeks at 70 degrees, that we recommend is the minimum time it takes for average gravity beers to carbonate and condition. Higher grav beers take longer.

Stouts and porters have taken me between 6 and 8 weeks to carb up..I have a 1.090 Belgian strong that took three months to carb up.

Temp and gravity are the two factors that contribute to the time it takes to carb beer. But if a beer's not ready yet, or seems low carbed, and you added the right amount of sugar to it, then it's not stalled, it's just not time yet.

Everything you need to know about carbing and conditioning, can be found here Of Patience and Bottle Conditioning. With emphasis on the word, "patience."
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