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Old 03-19-2011, 02:07 AM   #21
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It's been my observation that usually a beer takes as long to bottle condition as it does to ferment. So if you're doing a huge 12% belgian thingamabob that takes 2 months to get done, it'll take at least that long in the bottle to mature.

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Old 03-19-2011, 02:13 AM   #22
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It's been my observation that usually a beer takes as long to bottle condition as it does to ferment. So if you're doing a huge 12% belgian thingamabob that takes 2 months to get done, it'll take at least that long in the bottle to mature.
You know, that actually makes some sense... Sortof... I'll know better tomorrow when I open up my old ale that's been chilling down for the past few days. It was on the yeast for a month, but was done fermenting before then. It was at 70F +/- for 3 weeks before I put a couple into the fridge (that was on Monday night)... Got three bottles in there now, with one being added last night. If it goes over well tomorrow, or at least I like it, I'll keep at least one in the fridge at all times.

I need a bigger fridge... Or another for brew to cool in. Next place... Next place...
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:04 AM   #23
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I need another fridge (or 2 as well). the more space i get the more beer I seem to have to fill it up.

not complaining, just observing.

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ok it has been 20 days and i tried a 12oz bottles of my american pale ale and it was not very carbonated. i out it in the fridge for a few hours and tried it. Should i of left it in the fridge for more days? I am hoping if i let it sit for more weeks it will carb up. I havnt tried any of the 22 oz bottles i bottled. Let me know what you guys think. And thanx again for helping me out....

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Hoss, leave it in the fridge for 3-5 (or more) days before you pop one open... A few hours isn't nearly long enough. I've found mine to be really good after 4-5 days. Longer and the trub will compact nice and tight on the bottom and you'll get a really clear pour into the glass.

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Thanks.... I suck at the patiance part! i just want to drink!

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Hoss, leave it in the fridge for 3-5 (or more) days before you pop one open... A few hours isn't nearly long enough. I've found mine to be really good after 4-5 days. Longer and the trub will compact nice and tight on the bottom and you'll get a really clear pour into the glass.
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leave it in the fridge for 3-5 (or more) days before you pop one open... A few hours isn't nearly long enough.
His beer should not be that flat after 3 weeks in the bottle simply cause he didn't refrigerate it long enough. I know about the CO2 absorption into the liquid and all that but I've take plenty of beers and threw them in the freezer for 1 hour and popped them open and drank with perfect carbonation. Of course the refrigerating will help, but if he's expecting a higher degree of carbonation I think he might find something else was the issue.


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ok it has been 20 days and i tried a 12oz bottles of my american pale ale and it was not very carbonated..
Then you don't do anything but come back in another week and try again. If your beer's not ready by x week, and you added your priming sugar and did everything right, then the beer will be ready when it's ready. Like someone above said, higher gravs often take longer, if the beer is slightly below 70, it takes longer.

I've had big beers take 6 months to carb, I've had stouts and porters take 6-8 weeks. Its a natural process, and if you've added sugar and capped the bottles then they will fill with co2 and they will get carbed.

I know you're impatient but just because it's not ready, when you want it to be doesn't mean there's anything wrong. The three weeks we mention is usually the minimum it takes, but if it takes longer, it doesn't mean there's anything wrong.
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Cooler temperature liquid will allow gas to dissolve quicker. I can't think of a beer I make that takes 3 weeks or longer to condition, no matter 12oz versus 22oz bottle. I cold condition all beers for 2 weeks and serve.

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Old 03-23-2011, 10:00 PM   #30
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Thanx again guys..... I guess to pass the time ill just brew another batch!

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