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Old 07-27-2012, 11:51 PM   #1
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I bottled a northern brewer extract kit 2 weeks ago, caribou slobber. I've had 2 so far and they were perfect. Carbed good tasted good looked good. The 3rd bottle I poured looked like fresh apple cider. It was cloudy and had zero carbonation. Didn't taste bad and didn't have any foul odor. Is it possible the bottle cap wasnt sealed or something? Also, My helper on bottling day tipped a full bottle, spilling half. I simply refilled it and kept going. Is it possible that spilled bottle got shaken up and oxidized? I'm still rather new to brewing and this is my first bottle so far that had a problem. Any thoughts?

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Old 07-28-2012, 12:07 AM   #2
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Try another bottle? I'm going to go with bad bottle cap seal. But if they are all like that, who knows??? My Caribou Slobber got better with age, at about 6 weeks in the bottle the flavor was great. I bottled on 5-4-12. Just popped one now, sip, good!

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Old 07-28-2012, 12:08 AM   #3
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If your priming sugar was mixed at all, it sounds like that particular bottle just didn't get sealed.

How did you add your priming sugar?

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Old 07-28-2012, 12:46 AM   #4
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I primed same way as other batches that were fine. Measured table sugar per the recipe. Boiled it and the dumped half in bottling bucket. Started racking and added other half of sugar. I think that all went fine. 2 of 3 were perfect. I have another 1 in fridge now. Ill drink it tomorrow. If that one is ok I'll assume it was just a bad seal on one bottle.

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I primed same way as other batches that were fine. Measured table sugar per the recipe. Boiled it and the dumped half in bottling bucket. Started racking and added other half of sugar. I think that all went fine. 2 of 3 were perfect. I have another 1 in fridge now. Ill drink it tomorrow. If that one is ok I'll assume it was just a bad seal on one bottle.
Your process sounds fine to me. It was probably just the one bad one. Enjoy the rest of them!
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:51 AM   #6
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Agreed probably just a bad seal on that one bottle. On another note, if you haven't found this through your research or been told by any brewer friends, screw top bottles are not ok to bottle homebrew in. Only because it is much harder to get a good seal on those types of bottles.

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Old 07-28-2012, 12:55 AM   #7
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Don't worry, I had a batch of stout, about 4 of them did not carb up. It is not a perfect system.

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Thanks fellas. They were not twist off caps. My first few 5 gallon batches came out fine so I'm pretty confident in my process. I'll know a lot more when I crack another bottle tomorrow. I was more surprised at the cloudiness than the lack of carb. Oh well. Time will tell.

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Thanks fellas. They were not twist off caps. My first few 5 gallon batches came out fine so I'm pretty confident in my process. I'll know a lot more when I crack another bottle tomorrow. I was more surprised at the cloudiness than the lack of carb. Oh well. Time will tell.
It sounds like that one bottle has an infection, probably lactobacillus. If might just be one bottle that wasn't properly sanitized, so I wouldn't worry unless more than one has the same issue.
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It sounds like that one bottle has an infection, probably lactobacillus. If might just be one bottle that wasn't properly sanitized, so I wouldn't worry unless more than one has the same issue.
How would the lacto infection fit the failure to carb up? I'm going with a capping failure on this one.
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