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Old 01-27-2009, 01:25 AM   #1
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Default How do I know if it's working.

I just bottled my first brew and the FG was 1.020, how do I know if the beer is getting carbonated? Is there any way to tell? And, is 1.020 high?

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Yes, wait 2 weeks and open ONE and see if it's ready. Then, wait another week and then start in on the batch.

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What was the OG for curiosity's sake?

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or better yeat just wait 3 weeks so you dont freak out after two when its not carbed

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or better yeat just wait 3 weeks so you dont freak out after two when its not carbed
good point.
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I didn't check the OG unfortunately. But the kit I used said it should be 1.061, but who knows.

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When you're bottling, fill a a sanitized plastic soda bottle to the top while you have it squeezed tightly (dented with opposite sides touching). Cap it and store it with your other beer. Over the following week you'll notice it expand to where it gets good and hard to squeeze.

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should i be worried that it will not carbonate? or does it usually work?

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The FG seems to be on the higher end, but if your OG was on track with the kits prediction, your looking at 5.12%, not bad.

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Don't worry. The yeasties will do their job.

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