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Old 04-08-2013, 01:02 AM   #1
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I am a first time brewer, today I sampled my first batch of American Amber and it had a very good taste and body; however, it didn't have the carbonation (head) that I was expecting. I bottled exactly two weeks ago, is it common to have to extend the carbonation period?

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3 week minimum at 70*

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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. Beers stored cooler than 70, 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."

Carbing is foolprrof. You ad the right amount of sugar, leave it at the right temp, and it will carb.

If a beer isn't carbed by "x number of weeks" you just have to give them more time. If you added your sugar, then the beer will carb up eventually, it's really a foolroof process. All beers will carb up eventually. A lot of new brewers think they have to "troubleshoot" a bottling issue, when there really is none, the beer knows how to carb itself. In fact if you run beersmiths carbing calculator, some lower grav beers don't even require additional sugar to reach their minimum level of carbonation. Just time.

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Thank you for your help, I will be more patient and let the beer take over the carbonation. Your help and advice is greatly appreciated.

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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. Beers stored cooler than 70, 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."

Carbing is foolprrof. You ad the right amount of sugar, leave it at the right temp, and it will carb.

If a beer isn't carbed by "x number of weeks" you just have to give them more time. If you added your sugar, then the beer will carb up eventually, it's really a foolroof process. All beers will carb up eventually. A lot of new brewers think they have to "troubleshoot" a bottling issue, when there really is none, the beer knows how to carb itself. In fact if you run beersmiths carbing calculator, some lower grav beers don't even require additional sugar to reach their minimum level of carbonation. Just time.
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Has there been a movement to get a sticky with Revvy's bottle carbing info?

When I asked yesterday, it opened up my eyes to just how often it is asked, daily!

Great info, should be stickied.

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Has there been a movement to get a sticky with Revvy's bottle carbing info?

When I asked yesterday, it opened up my eyes to just how often it is asked, daily!

Great info, should be stickied.
The entire bottling thread IS stickied.....

Just goes to show that no one looks at stickies to even see if they've been stickified.
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The entire bottling thread IS stickied.....

Just goes to show that no one looks at stickies to even see if they've been stickified.
I understand that the bottling thread is stickied...in the Bottling/Kegging section.

But many newbies may not venture outside the beginners section until they get more comfortable.
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Well, that's kinda silly.

If people use the "new posts" button, then the WHOLE forum is shown, it doesn't really matter where a thread is located.

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