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Old 07-29-2005, 01:52 AM   #1
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Hey all -

My third beer has been bottle conditioning now for 11 days, and I think I've got trouble - very little carbonation. I opened one up just now, and heard only the smallest "ssst" when I cracked the cap. It poured like juice, and has a sugary, flat taste to it. I have noticed very little yeast sediment accumulating on the bottom of the bottles, so I am guessing the yeast didn't make it to the bottling.

What did I do wrong? I did this the same as my last batch - 1 week primary, 2 weeks secondary, 2 weeks in the bottle. I guess the secondary was more like 15 days compared to 11 or so on the last batch... I have heard that 99% of the yeast is suspended, but should I have made more of an effort to stir it up before racking to the bottling bucket, or before bottling?

Last, is there anything I can do to save this batch?

Thanks again,

Doug

 
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Old 07-29-2005, 02:26 AM   #2
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Doug , did you prime it with anything prior to bottling? if so, just be patient.
If not , then panic!

 
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Old 07-29-2005, 02:27 AM   #3
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What did you prime with, and how much? What was your storage temp?
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Old 07-29-2005, 02:55 AM   #4
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Don't panic yet, the best beer I have made to date took allmost 5 weeks to carbonate up.

 
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Old 07-29-2005, 03:33 AM   #5
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Man, I love this forum... every time I've gotten worried, the advice is don't panic - it will turn out. It always has too! I'm still more doubtful now than ever, but slightly reassured.

I primed with 5 oz priming sugar, and I did boil that in 1 cup of water before adding it to the bottom of my bottling bucket. The bottles have since been in a steady 66-68 degree environment. Should I move them to warmer areas?

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Old 07-29-2005, 03:58 AM   #6
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Yes. Move it to an area about 70-75 F for about a week and try another one.

Good luck.
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Old 07-29-2005, 04:16 AM   #7
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I have a 4 level split house and I live in Minnesota. This time of year, the lower basement is constant 65-68. The next basement is probably 68-72, the main floor is probably 72-85, and the upper is 77-90.

Think I am ok getting up to 85 at this stage? I'd say I'd move it around, but I'm out of town a lot and it ends up getting stuck wherever I leave it.

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Old 07-29-2005, 04:28 AM   #8
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Send it all to me...I'm spending $400 a month to maintain my one level at exactly 74F. I promise I'll send it all back when it's ready
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Old 07-29-2005, 04:41 AM   #9
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Quote:
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Man, I love this forum... every time I've gotten worried, the advice is don't panic - it will turn out. It always has too!
- doug

I think thats because a good number of us has read Charlie Papazian who always says "Relax, Don't worry, Have a homebrew"
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Old 07-29-2005, 07:46 AM   #10
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Has your beer turned totally clear yet or is it still cloudy?

 
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