Originally Posted by Edcculus
I'd be pretty hesitant to transfer all of those bottles to a keg unless you know for sure those bottles are permanently flat.
Stash these away and make another batch. They will carbonate if you used priming sugar before bottling.
Exactly....Except I wouldn't do them even if they were "permanently flat" Even THAT I believe can be corrected in the bottle.
But, I don't get it, it seems every time someone mentions a bottling issue lately people are suggesting dumping the beer into a keg or a bottling bucket lately...guys, guys, guys, it would be almost impossible to put the beer back into a bottling bucket and then re-bottle the beer without oxydizing the beer...Dumping fermented beer, and having it fall through the air is 5 gallons of liquid cardboard waiting to happen.
This is some of the patently stupidest advice I have ever seen on here.
Remember fermented beer + oxygen = bad....
The 3 weeks at 70 degrees
, that we recommend is the minimum
time it takes for average gravity beers to carbonate and condition. Higher grav beers take longer. Lower temperatures take longer.
And just because a beer is carbed @ three weeks, doesn't mean that it doesn't still taste like crap and won't need more time to condition.
Stouts and porters have taken me between 6 and 8 weeks to carb up..I have a 1.090 Belgian strong that took three months to carb up.
Lazy Llama came up with a handy dandy chart to determine how long something takes in brewing, whether it's fermentation, carbonation, bottle conditioning....
Temp and gravity are the two factors that contribute to the time it takes to carb beer. But if a beer's not ready yet, or seems low carbed, and you added the right amount of sugar to it, then it's not stalled, it's just not time yet.
Everything you need to know about carbing and conditioning, can be found here Of Patience and Bottle Conditioning.
With emphasis on the word, "patience."
Let's make sure you actually have carbonation problems, shall we? Which I've yet to really see anyone really have issues that weren't cleared up with simple patience....unless you added lactose instead of priming sugar, even if you forgot to add priming sugar you would still get some carbonation......
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