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Old 06-03-2010, 03:19 AM   #1
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Default Emergency!! Sugar is not dissolving.....?

I just bottled my first batch of beer from a kit. For some reason the sugar wont dissolve in the bottle. What can I do if anything?

I used corn sugar and put it directly in the bottle. I know now to boil the suar in water, but is there anything I can do to save this batch?

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Old 06-03-2010, 03:23 AM   #2
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Just flip over once and after the yeast get to work on it you should see most of it dissapear. But yeah...next time you should dissolve in boiled water which is cooled and then put into the bottling bucket to mix evenly. I would be more concerned about bottle bombs so be careful.

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Old 06-03-2010, 03:26 AM   #3
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Just flip over once and after the yeast get to work on it you should see most of it dissapear. But yeah...next time you should dissolve in boiled water which is cooled and then put into the bottling bucket to mix evenly. I would be more concerned about bottle bombs so be careful.
I tried that, I even went as far as shaking it up on a couple of bottles, but the sugar just seams to float around and settle back to the bottom.
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:36 AM   #4
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Are you sure that's the sugar and not the yeast?

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Old 06-03-2010, 03:41 AM   #5
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No I guess I am not sure. Is there any way I can tell. If it is yeast will it be in the bottle permanently?

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Old 06-03-2010, 03:46 AM   #6
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naturally carbonated beers have sediment in them. This is why we chill them a few days to let it compact, then pour gently as to not disturb it. Just let it got 3 weeks, chill one for a couple days, the pop the top. you should here the familiar sound.

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If you are bottle conditioning (which is what it sounds like) yeast is necessary to carbonate the beer. the yeast in the bottle eats the sugar and makes carbon dioxide gas. The yeast will be there permanently. Usually there is a light dusting to a moderate amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottles in my beers. When pouring your beer don't pour the last 1/4 inch into the glass.

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The yeast will either be floating in the beer or in the bottom of the bottle. The argument against it being yeast is that it would mostly be in the beer and only drop over time. Sugar does dissolve better in hot liquid than cool, but I'm not sure if it would never dissolve (or at least I'd think the yeast would eat it).

How long has it been? I'd probably just wait until 2-3 weeks after bottling day and see if the beer is carbed. If you have lots of yeast sediment in the bottle, just pour slowly and leave it in the bottle.

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Old 06-03-2010, 03:51 AM   #9
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Thank you all so much. I was really concerned about the leftover but from what you guys are saying it is normal. I am really excited about brewing this is my first batch and I hope it turns out good....

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Old 06-03-2010, 03:52 AM   #10
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If it's yeast, leave them alone and they'll keep carbing.

If it really is the sugar, leave it alone, the yeast will find it and it'll keep carbing.

Either way. RDWHAHB!

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