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Old 01-13-2009, 09:20 PM   #1
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Default My beer has a head on it after only 3 days in the bottle?

Just made my 2nd brew today and when I was done, I couldn't help but pull a bottle from my first batch that i bottled on sat. and threw it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. When i cracked it open and poured it, i was not expecting much. To my surprise this is what I found:



Is it normal to have this amount of carbonation that soon? Beer was defintely done fermenting when i bottled and i used the pack of primer sugar that came with the kit to carbonate...

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Old 01-13-2009, 09:23 PM   #2
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It's not abnormal, but the beer will continue to 'change' in the bottle for several more weeks...

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Old 01-13-2009, 09:26 PM   #3
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how'd it taste?

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Awesome, actually. It's an Irish Red but right now it tastes (and looks) more like a nut brown ale. Honestly, if it didn't change at all from this I'd probably be happy-tastes a lot like some good beers i've had at my local pub.

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Old 01-13-2009, 09:49 PM   #5
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thats awesome.the homebrew gods look down upon you with delight..lol. Did it taste carbed though?

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Old 01-13-2009, 10:01 PM   #6
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yeah i had a sip when i racked from the primary to secondary and then when i was bottling too and that was defintely about as flat as you could get. But this bottle defintely was not flat at all even at the end. This just made my 3 weeks a little longer..

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I'm not surprised to read a beer was carbed after just a few days in the bottle. However, in a lot of cases a bottle-conditioned beer will improve greatly long after the carbonation has 'appeared' to have finished.

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Old 01-14-2009, 02:08 AM   #8
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cool-i guess without any experience, I was just under the impression that the better part of the recommended 3 week wait in the bottle was due to the carbonation process being slow.

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