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Old 09-14-2009, 12:15 AM   #1
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I bottled my Java Stout and let it sit for 2 weeks to carbonate. The temperature of the house has been upper 70's and usually carbonates the beer in that amount of time. I tested one on the 15th day and it had a dull "Pst" to it when the bottle was opened. I gave it some more time and on the 17th day I tried another and got about the same amount of hiss.

I took a box of the beer out into the garage where it's warmer and let them sit there for 3 days and hoped that the warmer temperature would increase the carbonation a little bit more. I just popped one open and the improvements were minimal. Any Suggestions?



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Old 09-14-2009, 12:52 AM   #2
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Wait the appropriate amount of time The general advice is 3 weeks at 70 degrees. I now believe this number came about because on average 3 weeks is about right. That means plenty of beers are ready sooner, and plenty later. Stouts in my experience take a bit longer to carb up.

I would give it a month minimum, two if you can. It should improve over time.



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Old 09-14-2009, 02:52 AM   #3
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How much corn sugar did you use? Is it possible that you didn't use enough to reach the carbonation that you wanted?

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Old 09-14-2009, 02:57 AM   #4
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I've had several stouts that took longer than 3 weeks to carb. I had a chocolate stout that for whatever reason took 3 months to carbonate. The beer was great it just was doing its thing on its own timetable.

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i have a chocolate stout that seemed over carbed and too sweet after 1 week, but after a few more weeks the carbonation mellowed out and the overly strong sweetness went away.

i used 3/4 cup priming sugar for a 5 gal batch.



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