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Old 05-31-2009, 07:26 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I have about 30 batches behind me and thought I had my procedures down - until now. In December I brewed a huge Scotch ale, about 1.102 OG. It finished at around 10%ABV and I bulk aged for 3 months. I then bottled, making sure to scrape up some of the yeast, and the beer has been in bottles for almost 3 months now. I have had in the last month:

5 bottles - no carb at all
1 bottle - PERFECT carbonation
1 bottle - explode

When bottling, I boiled about 20oz of water and dissolved 3/4 cup of priming sugar in the boiling water. I dumped this into the bottling bucket and racked on top of it.

Has anyone else had issues with priming when using this procedure? Is there a chance it just didn't mix? I know for sure the sugar was dissolved in the boiling water.


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Old 05-31-2009, 07:46 PM   #2
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This is interesting, as what you did is my procedure as well. Sugar in bottling bucket, then quietly rack on top of it... I got nothing. Anyone? I'm interested as well.
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Old 05-31-2009, 08:02 PM   #3
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I'm thinking the priming sugar still didn't get mixed in properly. I rack onto mine, but then I give in a gentle stir before and once or twice during bottling just to make sure it stays mixed in.

You also will want to look at getting a scale to measure out your priming sugar. Sugar can be packed differently so 3/4 cup on one day might be more or less sugar than another day. Weight always stays the same.
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