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Old 01-09-2011, 09:03 PM   #1
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I just bottled my first brew this last Thur, its a 6% chocolate coffee porter. Its sitting in the hall closet at about 68-70 degrees. How long should I wait to open one of these bad boys up? I'm really anxious to start drinking it.


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Old 01-09-2011, 09:04 PM   #2
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The 3 weeks at 70 degrees, that we recommend is the minimum time it takes for average gravity beers to carbonate and condition. Higher grav beers take longer.

Stouts and porters have taken me between 6 and 8 weeks to carb up..I have a 1.090 Belgian strong that took three months to carb up.

Temp and gravity are the two factors that contribute to the time it takes to carb beer. But if a beer's not ready yet, or seems low carbed, and you added the right amount of sugar to it, then it's not stalled, it's just not time yet.

Everything you need to know about carbing and conditioning, can be found here Of Patience and Bottle Conditioning. With emphasis on the word, "patience."


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Old 01-10-2011, 10:47 PM   #3
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Nice info Revvy!

Any thought on storing the bottles on their sides?? I was loosely following a recipe for a Fat Tire clone and it suggested storing the bottles on their sides??? Never heard of this before…..
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Then you won't have clear beer the sediment layer is going to form down the entire length of the bottle. My understanding of laying wines on their sides is to keep the cork from drying out. Not really anything we need to concern ourselves with. I can't see any reason for a beer recipe having that except that the creator of the recipe is clueless where that is concerned.
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IMO on your first batch you have the right to try one early! I could never resist trying one after a week. Try one Friday night. Put it in the fridge Thursday night. It will be close to where it will end up. But not there yet.

In the mean time, go buy some beer, and then make some more beer so you don't have this problem again any time soon.

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To me trying beer early is a waste of beer, first batch or not....I'd rather wait a couple weeks longer and have exactly 2 cases of carbed and conditioned beer than 2 cases MINUS how many green and under carbed beer, in my noobish impatience I couldn't keep my grubby hands off off. IMHO, there is little to be learned about the beers journey by repeated samplings in the bottle over the few weeks it takes to acheive beery nirvana. And I'd be better off "adding to my empty bottle collection" for future batches by sampling commercial beers in that period instead.

There an old saying here that your best bottle of a batch of beer is always the last one, because that one has had the longest time to condition. I'd rather wait and start with conditioned beers myself...
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+1. Start your next batch now so that you have something to do to keep your mind off of the bottles that are conditioning.
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...there is little to be learned about the beers journey by repeated samplings in the bottle....

My first batch was a Mr. Beer so had a tap on the fermentation bottle. I couldn't help tasting a sample every day or two for the entire two week fermentation period. I just finished brewing my first all grain batch. I tasted the first and second sparge, the cooled wort, spent grain, AND the trub! I also popped a pellet of hops in my mouth. I learned a lot!
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Nice info Revvy!

Any thought on storing the bottles on their sides?? I was loosely following a recipe for a Fat Tire clone and it suggested storing the bottles on their sides??? Never heard of this before…..
Of the 250 or so bottles of beer that I bottled, I've had 3 that weren't carbonated or not very carbonated because the cap wasn't on good enough. Had I laid those bottles on their sides, I would have had beer all over from leaking out the cap but standing on their bottoms (upright position), all that leaked was a little carbon dioxide. Much easier to clean up.
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I just opened a bottled Holiday Cheer after having conditioned for about a month. The psssst was crisp, high-pitched and quick. The brew was perfect - be patient and wait at least 3 weeks.

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