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Old 07-13-2014, 06:14 AM   #1
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Default My beer is flat!

I just cracked a bottle open and it is flat. It's still early but I would've thought there would be some bubbles. I only bottled it on Friday and wanted to check after 48 hours. The cerveza I made at the same time was bubbly when it was bottled. What could've gone wrong?

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Old 07-13-2014, 06:19 AM   #2
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You just need to be more patient. The yeast will eat the priming sugar to produce CO2. The CO2 will be in the head space. After about a week the CO2 will begin going into solution. Another week and a few days of chilling you will get you those beautiful bubbles rising from the bottom of your glass.

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Old 07-13-2014, 06:20 AM   #3
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Nothing. Well, except for your impatience, nothing. Give it three weeks and it will be carbed.

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Old 07-13-2014, 06:27 AM   #4
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Agreed, too early. Needs 3 weeks. I always bottle one in clear so I can watch it progress.

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Agreed, too early. Needs 3 weeks. I always bottle one in clear so I can watch it progress.
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I don't even think of drinking one until at least over a week, closer to two anymore(if I'm feeling impatient). Of the batches I've done they all taste bad(some kind of flavor that I don't care for that they all have) after a week but they do have carbonation. Now that I'm stocked up I just wait at least a full 3 weeks.
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:41 PM   #6
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Yeah, patience is an acquired state of mind in home brewing. A couple of days is nothing on the carb/condition timeline.

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48 hours is WAY too soon. I wouldn't have expected anything yet either. As others have mentioned, give it at least two weeks, preferably three, in a 70+ degree room and it should be carbed fine, assuming you used the proper amount of priming sugar.

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Yeah no problems there. It had a bit of a sour taste to it. Would that be the carbonation drops?
Thanks for your advice everyone. Much appreciated.

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Yeah no problems there. It had a bit of a sour taste to it. Would that be the carbonation drops?
Thanks for your advice everyone. Much appreciated.
Uncarbonated "green" beer often tastes a lot different that it does when properly bottle conditioned. I have had a few that I tasted on bottling day and said "uh oh!" after three weeks in the bottles they were very good to great.

Now just leave them alone for another few weeks!
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Old 07-13-2014, 11:03 PM   #10
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Will do.

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