Originally Posted by beerkrump
If there is no carbonation in any of the bottles, no 'pfft' when you open one, get some caps sanitized and some carbonation tablets from the brew store. Pop open each bottle, drop in the recommended number of tabs and recap.
If this fails, you some how killed the yeast and bottle conditioning with out yeast is impossible.
Don't do this for at least 3 more weeks...Really some beers take time. You say "close" to 70, is that close above or close below 70? If it is close below, that may seem like nothing to you, but it IS a big deal to the yeasties.
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.
ANd even if they are carbed the flavor might still be off...that's called bottle conditioning
ALL beers will reach their level of carbonation eventually. In fact, it's possible (and proven by running the numbers in beersmith) to NOT add priming sugar and get minimal carbonation
of a few volumes in time (in old brewing british brewing books they didn't add sugar to some ordinary bitters, and milds and relied on time and temp to do the work naturally. in fact if you run the recipes from the books in beersmith many of them give you NEGATIVE sugar amount to reach the lowest volume of co2 for the style range-and that NO SUGAR would often get you either mid carbing range or the highest volume of co2 depending ont he recipe.)
More info can be found here....Revvy's Blog, Of Patience and Bottle Conditioning.
There's even a video.
If you added the amount of sugar that came with your kit, then that is the correct amount of sugar....most beers carb at around 2-2.5 volumes of co2, and for most beers that is 4.5-5 ounces of sugar...that is plenty.
Just make sure they are at 70 degrees and don't worry about taste or carbonation until it has been AT LEAST 3 weeks at 70....I never even concern myself til 8 weeks......
Give it some more time....
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