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Old 03-24-2010, 03:19 AM   #1
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I just finished writing a long explanation of my problem and when I clicked submit post, it gave me 404 error, so I'm gonna condense.

First homebrew batch ever: 5 gal Nut Brown Ale extract kit
primary: one week
secondary: one week
bottled for 2 weeks

My problem: I bottled into some Grolsch swingtops, some 12oz capped bottles. Upon trying the brew after 2 weeks in bottles (i know, i know I'm impatient), I opened a Grolsch bottle and POW! well-carbonated. Then a regular capped bottle...barely a whisper of carbonation.

Could it be from the capping procedure? type of caps? age of caps and their seals? Maybe beer is still premature? There is definitely a good amount of yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottles.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:26 AM   #2
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What did you use for priming sugar? Did you stir the sugar well in the bottling bucket? Sometimes if you don't stir the sugar isn't evenly distributed throughout the beer.

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Is there a flavor difference between the carbonated Grolsch ones and the uncarbed capped bottles?

Were all of the bottles stored in the same area?

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were your capped bottles used screw off top bottles?

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Old 03-24-2010, 04:45 AM   #5
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I used corn sugar (3/4 C: 2 cups water) mixed well in bottling bucket

Did not use screw top bottles

And there is no flavor difference. They both have the same nutty, caramel taste of beer, the bottled ones are just flat.

They were all stored in an unplugged freezer (around 74F)

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what kind of capper do you have I noticed some bottles didnt work so well with the wing style so i got a bench capper havent had problems yet

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If the flavor is the same, but you didn't get any pop-hiss from the smaller bottles, then odds are good that the bottles were leaking on you.

Smaller bottles can have a tendency to take longer to carbonate, but if they were mostly conditioned they would have spewed foam all over the place, and if they were barely conditioned they would taste like cider.

I'd also like to recommend that you let your Grolsch bottles age for another 2-4 weeks, then taste them again (just so you can see the pure awesomness that non-green beer develops.)

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so no flavour difference (no sweetness) means it sounds like your capping procedure may be the issue. Im guessing that you boiled the corn sugar with beer/water before adding to the bottling bucket to allow for easy even distribution?

Basically if it tastes the same with both batches then any sugar that made it to the bottle has been converted to alcohol and CO2 and CO2 could have been lost through a leak? Easy way to test would be to give a bottle a shake just before opening then listening to hear gas escape and letting us know what happens

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Old 03-24-2010, 04:55 AM   #9
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@jppostKW: I have a wing style capper, which I noticed doesn't always fit around the neck of some bottles. So I just used bottles that didn't have bulging necks.

@whatisitgoodfor: Yeah, I know I should wait, even for the Grolsch's, but once it hit my lips, I couldn't stop popping more open!

Anyway, I plan on giving the bottles another few weeks, and if they are still not carbonated by then, well, I'm still drinking them. But I'll update you guys and let you know how they turn out.

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Yeah, it's tradition that for your first brew, the only one that you actually let condition long enough to be peaked is the last one.

It really motivates you to expand your pipeline enough that you can afford to let all your beer mature fully.

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