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Old 08-31-2012, 08:53 PM   #1
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I bottled my beer a little more than a week and a half ago, it was an extract brew...Brewer's Best - Summer Ale, and I used the priming sugar included with the kit for carbonation. I know I am supposed to let them sit for about 2 weeks but I figured I would see how far along they were and I put a few in the fridge for a couple of hours. When I opened them there was no "pssshht" and no carbonation what so ever.

Is it possible that the priming sugars were bad? Is it something that can be fixed or maybe because the temperature where the beer is sitting is a bit higher than normal that it is taking longer to build carbonation? I just hope I didn't ruin a whole batch.

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Old 08-31-2012, 08:58 PM   #2
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I wouldn't worry until at least the 3rd or 4th week. Temp, beer style are factors too, but id say relax.

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Does carbonation come on all at once or does it increase gradually? I am just concerned because it doesn't seem like there is any carbonation at all.

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A little more info on your process would be helpful. I brewed the same kit and had good carb at one week.

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I'm not the smartest here but I had a beer that after 2 weeks no carbing. But it took about 6 weeks... so give it a little time.

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Old 08-31-2012, 09:12 PM   #6
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A little more info on your process would be helpful. I brewed the same kit and had good carb at one week.
As far as the brewing goes, I followed the directions to the letter and everything went well. Only things I changed were the fermentation time...I let it sit for 2 weeks instead of the one before transferring to secondary. Also, the fermentation temp wasn't ideal, it stayed around 74-76 degrees, as did it in the secondary where it sat for an additional month before bottling.
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Did you boil the priming sugar and mix into your beer before bottling?

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Yes, I dissolved it in the correct amount of boiling water for the allotted time and poured it into my bottling bucket before siphoning the beer into it and stirring it well before bottling.

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Maybe someone can speak to the ferment temp and how that could effect things? Hope it carbs up for you. I did a 3 wk primary only ferment then bottled. Tried one at 1 week to make sure it carbed up. Sorry I'm not more help.

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You primed the beer properly but you have not allowed enough time for carbonation and conditioning. The recommended amount of time is 3 weeks at 70F and that is just the minimum, some beer takes longer. Generally lower gravity beer takes less time and big beers take a lot longer, some months. If you have the bottles colder than 70 move them to warm up. I usually don't even sample a beer for at least two weeks.

As for the fermentation temperature, it has no bearing on the carbonation process but there may be some off flavors to contend with. If so, leaving them condition for a longer period of time may help depending on the off flavor, some just don't go away.

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