Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Three Strikes and I'm Out. Why no Carb?
Thread Tools
Old 07-22-2006, 09:18 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Posts: 564
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts

Default Three Strikes and I'm Out. Why no Carb?

I find this very strange. I've done 6 batches now, and the first three i only let sit in the primary for a week and just bottled (hefeweizens and simple ales) so it wasn't that big of a deal. Only after a week they would be carbonated. Well, with the last three batches (Boot Black Porter, Blonde Ale, and Hard Cider) i've transferred to the secondary for another week after the primary to get it off the yeast, and when time came to bottle i also left the yeast trub behind. I prime with 3/4 cup of corn sugar mixed with water, and let the bottles condition in a 74 degree room. THE BEERS ARE FLAT AFTER TWO WEEKS IN THE BOTTLES. Argh, any ideas on what the deuce went wrong? And i cant beleive i have to ask this, but is it possible to poor all the beers out and somehow re-prime/re-bottle? Thanks guys, this is becoming ultra frustrating.

Klainmeister is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2006, 09:28 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 310
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Well, my first batch I bottled straight from the primary and it carbed in a week. Since then I've been using a secondary and it has taken 3 weeks to get optimal carbonation.

My advice is to be patient. It should work out fine. The yeast will need just a little more time to get the work done after settling in the secondary.

Originally Posted by david_42
Sometimes brewing ain't pretty.
Fatabbot is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2006, 09:52 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,949
Liked 116 Times on 91 Posts
Likes Given: 1


Since I haven't seen your recipes or notes, the types of beers you brewed are heavier than your first 3 batches and require a much longer time to get carbonated.

Wait another 2-3 weeks. Possibly longer if you've primed with DME.

Be patient. If you can't then switch to lower gravity brews.
HB Bill
homebrewer_99 is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2006, 11:53 PM   #4
Senior Member
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
ajf's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Long Island
Posts: 4,643
Liked 103 Times on 97 Posts
Likes Given: 39


What they said.

Your first batches could have been bottled too early (before fermentation had completed), and because they were not transferred to a secondary they would certainly have had more yeast.
It is not unusual for carbonation to take three or four weeks, and the flavor continues to improve for several weeks after that.

ajf is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1.020 Curse Strikes Again... michael.berta Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 15 07-07-2009 09:47 AM
Desired IPA carb level, muntons carb tabs and metric scaling twst1up Bottling/Kegging 5 11-10-2008 11:58 PM
Murphy's Law strikes again... Brewing Clamper General Chit Chat 8 04-10-2008 12:06 AM
EAC strikes on Ebay Bobby_M Equipment/Sanitation 18 02-15-2007 10:33 PM

Forum Jump

Newest Threads