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Old 05-04-2012, 03:36 PM   #1
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I kinda sorta goofed up the carbonation on my first two batches of beer. I used 3/4 cup dextrose in 2 cups of boiling water as per Charlie Papazian's recipe for 5 gal. Everything went really smooth but for some reason I forgot that you need to let them sit at around 70*F for a week or two after you bottle. So in all my "wisdom" I stuck them right in the fridge. I know that won't hurt the beer, it'll just take forever to completely carbonate. My question is, will they carbonate faster if I take them out of the fridge at this point? Or has that ship sailed and now I have to play the waiting game. I'm also assuming that gently agitating them to re-suspend some of the yeast wouldn't hurt either(?). Thanks in advance!

P.S. Both beers taste fine and the IPA I brewed has some carbonation in it, they both pour absolutely no head.

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Old 05-04-2012, 03:38 PM   #2
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Take them out of the fridge, and let them warm back up. Then after a couple days, give them a shake to rouse the yeast, and leave them alone for a couple more weeks.

When you put them in the fridge the yeast goes to sleep, warm it up, they wake up and go back to work.

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Thanks for the quick response man! I'll definitley do that before I head in to work this afternoon. I'm really glad this is the only step I kinda botched for these first two batches lol.

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