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Old 01-31-2009, 11:39 PM   #1
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Default Should I agitate the bottles?

I have an ale that I racked to a secondary for 2 weeks then bottled with 4 1/2oz of corn sugar. It has been 2 weeks and it is still almost entirely flat and very cloudy. I have read of others aggitating the bottles to mix up the yeast. Is this a good practice? The bottles have been held at a steady 68-70 degrees in the dark.
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:11 AM   #2
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It certainly will not hurt.

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Old 02-01-2009, 12:11 AM   #3
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If they are cloudy, it sounds like there is plenty of yeast in suspension. Just be patient. Give it another week or 2 and it will be fully carbed. The rule of thumb is 3 weeks.

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Old 02-01-2009, 12:18 AM   #4
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What temp are you storing these in?

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What temp are you storing these in?
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The bottles have been held at a steady 68-70 degrees in the dark.
It's been my experience that bottle carbing can take longer sometimes than others. Give it another week or two and try another.
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Being an absolute noob, I only speak from what I've read. And what I've read says that you can "gently swirl" the bottles to stimulate the carbonation process if it seems stalled.

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But it's not stalled, as it's only been 2 weeks. Don't do anything for two more weeks, at least. It needs some time to carbonation and for the yeast to flocculate and fall to the bottom. You can't rush it. Just wait it out.

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Old 02-11-2009, 10:29 PM   #8
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Default Still no carb after 3 1/2 weeks

OK, It's been 3 1/2 weeks since bottlinga and storing at 70deg in a dark closet. I inverted all bottles about 1 1/2 weeks ago.
Still practically no carbination. I know I've been patient. This isn't my first batch, and I've never had this problem. The beer still tastes slightly sweet and I know I mixed the corn sugar mixture in evenly.
Any Ideas?
Should I innoculate the bottles with more yeast? If so, what's the best way to go about it?
Or am I still jumping the gun? I would have thought that I would have seen some improvement by now. I can't afford to heat the closet any more!
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Old 02-11-2009, 10:34 PM   #9
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As hard as it is, IMO you need to wait it out. Yeast are on their own time table. Not much we can do about that. Remember that good things come to those who wait.

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OK, I'll wait a couple of weeks. Better be the best beer ever though because it will be the most expensive with the heating bill!

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