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Old 03-16-2010, 07:59 AM   #1
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Liked 40 Times on 36 Posts latest venture led me into the wondrous world of stouts; my most recent being a re-work of, substituting the Cluster hops for Brewer's Gold (LHBS was out of Cluster).

Long story short, I'm sitting on week 5 since brew day, bottles have sat for 2 weeks with carbonation drops, and the level of carbonation seem more akin what one would see in a natural ale...hardly any!

Brewed as directed, went from 1.053>1.018 in 2 weeks time, secondary for 1 week, then bottled & conditioned in 68F for 2 weeks. I notice there's hardly any sediment (though it's hard to tell with a massively dark stout...). Any ideas? Lack of yeast? Too cold during conditioning? Moon in the 3rd phase with Jupiter?
Primary: nada
Secondary: emptyness
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Old 03-16-2010, 04:25 PM   #2
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i blame the moon. chances are you either haven't waited long enough (another week minimum) or you didn't add enough carbonation drops. either way its to late to do anything now.

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Old 03-16-2010, 04:29 PM   #3
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All of my brews were coming out flat. My issue turned out to be temperature. I kept the bottles on the floor of my 64F basement and wondered why I had flat beer. I think the yeast was going to sleep. Now I wrap freshly bottled beer in an electric blanket for a few weeks. Everything since has been coming out perfectly carbonated.

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