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Old 10-31-2006, 04:20 AM   #1
Oct 2006
Boston, MA
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So I just tapped two bottles of my Boston Ale clone with my roomate and was dealt an interesting surprise. While his bottle was perfectly carbonated, mine was more or less flat. The bottles have been conditioning for two weeks now. I snuck two bottles of the BA on Friday and Saturday night even though I know they're not ready yet and they were both perfectly carbonated as well. There didnt seem to be any leak in the cap or anything.

Every have this happen? It seems, and I hope, this bottle represents an isolated incident. This lone bottle is sowing seeds of terror and confusion in my fragile home-brewing psyche. Anyways, I hope it's a fluke. Other than that, the beer is delicious! So, yeah.
Samuel Waterston Beer Co.
Allston, MA

Thinking About: Strawberries and Cream Ale

Primary Fermenter: Nuthin...

Secondary Fermenter:"C-4 IPA!", American Wheat

Conditioning: 4 C's IPA

Drinkin': 4 C's American Pale Ale

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Old 10-31-2006, 02:24 PM   #2
Ol' Grog
Sep 2006
Chickasha, OK.
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My first two bottles I set aside for observation and testing. The way I look at it, you can clean the equipment, but there is going to be residue inside the hoses, racking cane, bottle filler, etc. etc. To me, the first two bottles are experimental. Maybe that's what happen to you. Also, there is that last bottle that doesn't quite fill up all the way and has a lot of head space, to much O2, maybe you got that one.

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Old 10-31-2006, 02:32 PM   #3
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Maybe your priming solution didn't get mixed well. I bet that's what happened. It might get better with time.
Desert Planet Brewing Co.

Primary :Bloody Nose Porter
Primary 2: Bloody Nose Porter
Secondary: Blackberry Melomel
Secondary 2:air
Bottled : 14 Pound Hammer Cider, Punkin Ale, know ale, Domino wheat
Keg 1: **** Inside Her
Keg 2: IPA
Keg 3: one on a weeknight, two on a weekend IIPA
Future : Ginger Cream Ale,

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Old 11-02-2006, 09:49 PM   #4

ok i had the same thing happen and it wasnt limited to a single bottle. some bottle were pretty close to flat and some a little better, but none of them were really as fizzy as they should be. the caps seemed to be on well enough, though they werent as tight as commercial brew caps. i kind of wondered how long you have after adding the priming sugar. the whole bottling process took a while.
flat beer sucks. i have to get this issue figured out
are you racing the clock after the priming sugar is added?
might it just be easier to use bottle by bottle priming?
is it possible the caps could be leaking gas even if the seal seems good and they dont leak any liquid?
does aging the bottles have a big effect on the carbonation of the brew?

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