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Old 02-10-2009, 08:20 PM   #11
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i have 7 2L bottles. when I shake them I cannot tell a difference in firmness.

I have a few bottles that are getting pretty firm so I think it is working, I am just paranoid.
thats a lot of RB at once, 14 L wow! what recipe did you use, the rainbow recipe that comes with the extract? i also find that i get much better results when i hydrate the yeast for 20 mins before adding to the recipe. glad to know its working - the waiting is the hardest part (just like Tom Petty says).
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:39 PM   #12
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I used the rainbow extract and followed the directions as listed. I must have not hydrated the yeast properly.

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I used the rainbow extract and followed the directions as listed. I must have not hydrated the yeast properly.
It could be the size of the bottle. I only did rootbeer in 20 ounce PET bottles, and they carbed in less than 48 hours. I guess the bigger bottles take longer?
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I used the rainbow extract and followed the directions as listed. I must have not hydrated the yeast properly.
you dont have to hydrate, it depends on the yeast you are using. if its dehyrated yeast you should hydrate so that the cell walls of the yeast can function properly. if its a liquid yeast this is less important. it also makes fermentation go a bit faster. i use fleishman's regular bakers yeast so i hydrate whenever i make RB.
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Ok, My dad talked me into opening one of the bottles tonight and there was absolutely 0 carbonation, so I assumed that the yeast was dead. I had a packet of Montrachet yeast so I hydrated it for about 20 minutes and added it to the remaining 6 bottles (and 4 bottles of creme soda).

hopefully this will solve my problem.

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SUCCESS! I just cracked one a few minutes ago and it is well carbonated. So far I am liking this better than commercial root beer, as it is less sweet and has more licorice or anise flavor.

Thanks for the help.

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