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Old 02-19-2009, 09:41 PM   #1
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Hey all, first time brewer here. I bottled a week ago Monday, so a mere 10 days or so ago. I do know the standard is 2 weeks to bottle condition, but I just had to crack one tonight. Beer has decent taste, a little thin for my tastes, but hey, first try so I'll take it.

My concern is over how flat it is. I do recognize that it's not 2 weeks just yet, but there was practically no carbonation at all. Will it magically carbonate more, or should I anticipate a fairly flat batch of beer? Would it be that I didn't add enough sugar?

The way I transferred was I boiled the water with the sugar in it, let it cool, then put it in the bottom of the bottling bucket. I then siphoned from the fermenting bucket into the bottling bucket, making sure to keep the hose underneath the liquid in the bottling bucket so as to limit oxygenation. Then I just bottled away. I didn't stir or anything. Is that a problem?

For what it's worth, it's a red ale, (specifically a malt extract kit from homebrewery.com). Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-19-2009, 09:42 PM   #2
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Standard around here is usually 3 weeks minimum. They need more time, no worries

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Old 02-19-2009, 09:45 PM   #3
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How much sugar did you use? Let it go three weeks at 70F. It will take much longer at cooler temps.-even by a couple of degrees.

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Old 02-19-2009, 09:51 PM   #4
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It's around 65 degrees where the bottles are stored. I used about 3/4 cup of sugar (not sure what kind, actually, since it was just part of the kit).

Everything ok with my process for bottling? I have another batch that's fermenting now.

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Old 02-19-2009, 09:54 PM   #5
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I am also a new brewer, and I had the exact same experience, and concern as you. I tried it a 1 week, flat. 2 weeks had some fizz and head, but it was still flat. 3 weeks and, as if by some magic, it was carbonated. Where's Revvy with that YouTube video of carbonation?

Check this video out, it has been referenced to by many experts here as a good video about carbonation.

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Old 02-19-2009, 10:01 PM   #6
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Excellent, thanks for easing some of my concerns I'm like a nervous parent here, haha

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Old 02-19-2009, 10:03 PM   #7
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I know exactly how you feel. I have only 3 batches under my belt. But, with every batch, I get more and more comfortable (and confident). This all seems like magic to me still.

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Get that beer to 70 degrees.

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Get that beer to 70 degrees.
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Old 02-19-2009, 10:18 PM   #10
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I tried my first beer after one week in the bottle and it was well carbonated. The bottles have been kept between 62-65 degrees. The amount of priming sugar was for a 5 gallon batch,(packet came with the kit like yours) my batch ended up at around 4.4 gallons, so I don't know if that has anything to do with it. I also gently stirred the beer in the bottling bucket with the priming sugar after reading some posts here about some bottles being under-carbed and others being over-carbed from the same batch. Maybe I just got lucky, I would give the beer another week or so and raise the temp as everyone else has said.
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