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Old 09-27-2008, 04:54 AM   #1
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Default Curious in bottle carbonation

I bottled my first batch of beer last sunday, everything went just peachy.

I noticed one thing that struck me as odd. I bottled 47 bottles (a few short to drinking my Gravity readings ), and the curious thing i noticed is that after 5 days 46 of them are "flat" looking ( with no bubbles or anything) , but #47 has about an 1/8 inch or so head of bubbles on top (head i would say), now...what would cause all but one of then not to have that (oh ...and yeah...i can already see the "its infected...mail it to me" replies)

but i'm accualy interested in the process and what would cause one bottle to do that (and i double checked it for leaks).

thanx in advance

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Old 09-27-2008, 05:48 AM   #2
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It could be a number of things...Maybe a stronger concentration of priming sugar in that one bottle. Could be an infection (unlikely) Give all them 3 weeks at 70 degrees. Make your judgement then. I suspect you will be fine.

The yeast has to eat the sugar first. Maybe that's the first bottle or last bottle and it got a higher concentration of active yeast. It takes time for the CO2 to be absorbed by the liquid. That's why when I posted this same question on my second batch, someone connected the mantra, "21 days, 70 degrees," mantra over and over again.

I remember my excitement on my first and second batch. I recommend that you drink one sunday night, another next sunday night, and another the following sunday night. This will help satisfy your curiosity and your anxiety and will ultimately help you with patience in the future.

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Old 09-27-2008, 07:12 AM   #3
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My first thought is that the bottle is leaking CO2 - how did you check it? A balloon stretched over the neck for a couple of days will tell you for sure.

Other than that, I don't know.

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Old 09-27-2008, 07:23 AM   #4
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I was concerned I had some bleeders on my first batch, so I put them all under water in a cooler to observe. No leaks, no problems. I left some of them in the water too long though, because when I cracked them open, there was some oxidation in the shape of the crimp in the cap. Iron oxide, not beer oxide... So anyway, you can check it that way. Just don't leave it there longer than a day or so.

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Old 09-27-2008, 04:39 PM   #5
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I remember my excitement on my first and second batch. I recommend that you drink one sunday night, another next sunday night, and another the following sunday night. This will help satisfy your curiosity and your anxiety and will ultimately help you with patience in the future.



thanx for the info.

and i also had planned on drinking one every sunday till they seem ready!heh....at least i got that one right! appreciate the help

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Old 09-28-2008, 09:13 PM   #6
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Default Mystery solved!

So, it is one week today that i bottle by 1st batch! so today was the day to try one!
so i decided to pick the one with the bubbles (just in case if was bad), so i put it in the fridge for a few hours. later on i got my beer glass ready, got the bottle opener ready , and proceded to pop the top off , the whole time waiting for the "hiss", soo....here i go...POP....and the whole top INCH of the bottle came off in my hand!.... so...i would assume that the bubbles were from the crack in the neck!heh....

Oh well...the next one is in the fridge...i just hope i didnt crack all the necks with my Hulk like strength!

lesson learned!

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PS: I make many mistakes so you dont have to!

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Old 09-28-2008, 09:18 PM   #7
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How long was it in primary before you bottled? Did you use a secondary? Did you mix the priming sugar in thoroughly when you bottled?

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Old 09-28-2008, 09:27 PM   #8
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3 weeks primary, 3 weeks secondary, and so far 1 week in bottle (just trying one a week) ...(yes i accually seem to be a patient newb!heh)

and i am not sure about the sugar, i did rack on top , but did NOT stir it, alotho next time i will (very carfuly of course)!

im afraid that i was just to hard on the two handed capper!

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You might have ended up with uneven distribution of the priming sugar in the bottling bucket but most likely it just needs more time to fully carbonate. Give it two more weeks on the shelf and try another one and I bet you'll be much more satisfied with the results.

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Old 10-04-2008, 04:59 AM   #10
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I've had a similar problem... even when I brewed my first few batches years ago. My first batch in years is finally about ready. 1 week in primary, 2 in the secondary, and two in the bottle. There is carb in the bottle... nice hiss when I open the bottle, but the beer doesn't form a head. Is it just a matter of allowing more time to bottle condition?

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