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Old 05-23-2009, 03:47 PM   #1
May 2009
Posts: 4

Hi, all. I've made 4 batches of root beer in the last few weeks and had a similar problem with 3 of them - the bottles firm up nicely, but the soda doesn't feel carbonated.

I've left them on the counter until the bottles feel as firm as a commercially produced soda, tasted, and let them sit on the counter until they feel even firmer. I think the second batch was the one that carbonated as expected, although the first batch carbonated when I let it sit until I was scared about explosions - probably a day and a half after it was as firm as a commercial bottle.

Same method with all 4 batches: mix ingredients by shaking, pour into 3 20oz bottles, let sit.

Batch 1:
1 T. gnome extract
1 c. sugar
1/4 t. baking yeast

Batch 2:
1 T. gnome
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c honey
1/4 t champagne yeast

Batch 3:
1 T. gnome
1 c sugar
1/4 t. champagne yeast

Batch 4:
1 T. Rainbow birch beer extract
1 c sugar
1/4 t champagne yeast

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Old 05-28-2009, 02:36 AM   #2
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Feb 2007
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once they firm up, chill them. CO2 is a lot more soluble in cold water than warm/room temp water. You're building up plenty of CO2 in the bottle headspace, but more will dissolve into the liquid when cooled. hopefully that'll fixya.

Maybe you can use these Grain, Hops, Yeast Reference Charts

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