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webguru1974 09-24-2012 05:59 PM

Low Carbonation
Hello all,

I am fairly new to home brewing with about to complete brews under my belt but with both of them the carbonation was not what I think I should have been. I am putting the correct amount of finishing sugar base on what I have found and waiting a full 2 weeks to let the beer carbonate but still not getting much of a head at all. Anyone have any ida what I am missing.

gt_andy 09-24-2012 06:00 PM

Im having the same issue. Everyone has told me to wait another 2 weeks at least! :(

webguru1974 09-24-2012 06:04 PM

So has that help ?

gt_andy 09-25-2012 12:59 PM

still waiting. lol Got a batch of Cream Ale. Bottled it on aug 25th. Some bottles have decent carb :/, but some barely bubble after poured (as of this last saturday). Im going to wait another 2 weeks. So this has been bottled for 4.5 weeks. It also is a higher ABV beer. I have heard the higher ABV or darker beers take longer to carb.

Im getting fed up with the waiting game honestly. Might need to invest in some keg equipment.

webguru1974 09-25-2012 03:32 PM

That makes sense the beers that I have brewed so far have been a Brown Ale nd the last one was an Oatmeal stout the taste and color are great just very low on the carbonation. But I will keep trying till I get it right. Thanks for the help let me know how it turns out.

Foosier 09-25-2012 03:48 PM

stir the sugar in
I have run into this issue too. Racking on top of the sugar may not be enough to mix the sugar in. On a recent batch, the first 6-12 bottles got too much sugar and are overcarbed volcanoes now. the later bottles were lightly carbed. The moral of the story is to stir the beer gently to ensure the sugar gets mixed evenly in your bottling bucket.

Also, many will tell you that 2 weeks is really the minimum. High grav beers can take much longer.

FuzzeWuzze 09-25-2012 05:03 PM

How much sugar are you putting in?
How long are you leaving the bottles in the fridge before you try them?

Both important questions.

webguru1974 09-25-2012 10:36 PM

I am using 3.37 ounces of Corn sugar and it is conditioning for 2 weeks

BrewinHooligan 09-25-2012 10:58 PM

For 5 gallon batches I average between 4 and 5 ozs corn sugar. If it's a 5 gallon batch, 3.37 ounces is pretty low.

webguru1974 09-25-2012 11:07 PM

good to Hear I will try that on my next batch how long do you condition it for?

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