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Old 01-29-2011, 12:14 PM   #1
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I made one of AHS's rootbeer kits two weeks ago, and it didn't carbonate. I made it per instructions. 4 gallons water, 6 pounds sugar, and rehydrated yeast. What went wrong?



 
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:31 PM   #2
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Ive tried both rootbeer and orange soda. Neither one had ANY carbonation.

You would think after 50 or so batches of beer I could get sugar water, flavor and yeast to make bubbles.



 
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:03 AM   #3
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You didn't do ANYTHING wrong, just leave it, and keep an eye it, every day, once a day. A lot is going on with the yeast. It WILL carb up. My first bottle took 4 weeks to carb up, and until week 4 I swear NOTHING happened, or seemed to.
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:46 AM   #4
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You didn't do ANYTHING wrong, just leave it, and keep an eye it, every day, once a day. A lot is going on with the yeast. It WILL carb up. My first bottle took 4 weeks to carb up, and until week 4 I swear NOTHING happened, or seemed to.
Hmmmm. I knew the directions wouldn't work out quite right.

 
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:42 PM   #5
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what happens if you already opened the bottle. Just made 2 two liter bottles of rainbow extract rootbeer and it barely carbonated. Can it re carbonate when resealing the bottle?

 
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:00 AM   #6
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what happens if you already opened the bottle. Just made 2 two liter bottles of rainbow extract rootbeer and it barely carbonated. Can it re carbonate when resealing the bottle?
No.

Well, unless you keep it someplace warm and there is still active yeast to carbonate it and there are still sugars to eat- then I guess yes. But you'll be starting from ground zero again, just like when you open a commercial bottle of soda- it goes flat in just a couple of days.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:07 AM   #7
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My root beer soda took 4 months to carb. I also didn't know that they can explode if you didn't keep an eye on them.

 
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:15 PM   #9
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My sodas carb up in two-three days (root beer) and overnight (ginger ale).

I assume you used fresh yeast, regular sugar, and the extract?
yes, i did and it barely carbonated in 1 week.

 
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:26 AM   #10
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Well, my wife got sick of having my uncarbonated soda sit around for over a month and a half, so down the drain it went today.



 
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