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Old 02-02-2013, 02:46 PM   #1
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This may be a disappointment. My beer is not carbonated yet. It's been in the bottle for 15 days at a steady 68-70 degrees and has a slight carb to it, no head at all. It does, however, taste great and gives you a head change with just one glass. It's my first 5 gal batch (started with Mr.Beer) Autumn Amber Ale from MWS. I am forced to put a 12 pack in the fridge today so it will be super chilled by game time tomorrow. I know the rule of thumb is around 70 degrees for a minimum of three weeks, but I wanted this ready by super bowl time. Hopefully my friends won't think it's horrible. I have a friend who just started kegging and force carbonating his beer and will bring his keg to the party. Will be interesting to see the difference in quality of beer between kegging and bottling.

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Disappointing , but not too surprising. Sorry it wasn't ready, man.

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Tell 'em you brewed it especially for a low carb effect to prevent bloating while snacking.

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Sorry to hear man. I brewed the same kit as you and my test-brew was pretty much all carbed up after 10 days. How did you add the sugar solution?

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Sorry to hear man. I brewed the same kit as you and my test-brew was pretty much all carbed up after 10 days. How did you add the sugar solution?
I batched primed in my bottling bucket. I mixed 5oz of priming sugar with about 1.5 cups of water. I made sure my siphon tube was coiled at the bottom to create that whirl pool affect. I hope my caps are holding a seal. They were new caps and a new capper. When I bottled I noticed that I could twist the cap on the bottle, but the cap couldn't come off without an opener. I chopped it up to be the starsan because starsan is slippery. The next day the caps were tight and wouldn't twist after the starsan was dry.

Your beer looks great! How long was it in the fridge?
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Ha this made me chuckle.
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Did you mix the sugar only, or did you boil the sugar for a bit?

The former might lead to some uneven carbonation. You may have some bottles that are carbed - or overcarbed - while some stay flat.

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The former might lead to some uneven carbonation. You may have some bottles that are carbed - or overcarbed - while some stay flat.
I boiled the water then took off the heat. Then immediately mixed in the sugar.
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Pop your bottles and add sugar recap and wait

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I batched primed in my bottling bucket. I mixed 5oz of priming sugar with about 1.5 cups of water.
That's your problem right there. I know Mr. Malty and other calculators advise 3/4 cup of dextrose (corn sugar), but I find mine do far better with a full cup of corn sugar to 2 cups water to make your simple syrup. For DME or table sugar, I use 1.25 cups. I've never had a carbonation problem after upping my priming dosage by 1/4 cup.

Definitely get your bottles into the cold fridge NOW, and turn your fridge down to a nice low setting. Water based fluids have more CO2 holding capacity the colder they get. To draw out some of the CO2 blanketing the beer in the neck of the bottle, cold crash those suckers for 24-48 hours.

Forget "proper serving temperature" blah blah. Your non-brewer friends aren't going to care about that. They just want cold refreshing beer on game day. Chill down those bottles ASAP and keep them cold until served.
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