Question about carbonation - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Question about carbonation

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-06-2011, 10:00 PM   #1
brian13
Recipes 
 
May 2011
irving, texas
Posts: 2


I brewed my first batch of beer 3 weeks ago..(a wheat beer)..I used 5 oz of priming sugar that came with the kit, left it at room temp for a week, and it has been refrigerated for 2 more weeks. Sampled a bottle today. It has a decent head, but does not taste carbonated enough. Will it continue to carbonate during aging, or am I just too used to store bought beer? Also, for my next batch, is there a way to carbonate it more? More priming sugar perhaps?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2011, 10:03 PM   #2
Golddiggie
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Golddiggie's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Posts: 11,995
Liked 496 Times on 431 Posts


You're supposed to leave the bottled brew at 70F for 3+ weeks BEFORE you chill any down... Get the brew out of the fridge, and let it rest at room temp for 3-4 weeks and try it again. You'll need to go longer since you'll need the bottles to warm up again, and get the yeast to eat up all the sugars left in the brew still.
__________________
Hopping Tango Brewery

跟猴子比丟屎 ・ Gun HOE-tze bee DIO-se

On Tap: Caramel Ale, Mocha Porter II, MO SMaSH IPA
Waiting/Carbonating: 12.5% Wee Honey II, 8.9% Old Ale, English Brown Ale, Lickah ESB, Mocha Porter II
Fermenting
K1:
K2: Epic mead
K3: TripSix
On Deck: Caramel Ale
Aging:mead
Mead [bottled]:Oaked Wildflower Traditional, Mocha Madness, Blackberry Melomel, maple wine

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2011, 10:05 PM   #3
Revvy
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Revvy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
"Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,925
Liked 3201 Times on 1889 Posts


Yes, get them out of the fridge, leave them at room temp for 3 more weeks, then only put one if the fridge for a couple days and check to see if that one was carbed BEFORE your chill them and put the yeast to sleep. They cannot carb in the fridge, and if you put them in the fridge too soon, which you did, then you put the yeast to sleep and they won't carb.

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."

If a beer isn't carbed by "x number of weeks" you just have to give them more time. If you added your sugar, then the beer will carb up eventually, it's really a foolroof process. All beers will carb up eventually. A lot of new brewers think they have to "troubleshoot" a bottling issue, when there really is none, the beer knows how to carb itself. In fact if you run beersmiths carbing calculator, some lower grav beers don't even require additional sugar to reach their minimum level of carbonation. Just time.

You don't need to DO anything to "fix" it, except let them warm up for a few more weeks, and they will be carbed just fine.

And in the future, don't even THINK they will be carbed until it has AT LEAST been 3 weeks @ 70.
__________________
Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2011, 10:06 PM   #4
Reno_eNVy
 
Reno_eNVy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2008
Reno, Nevada
Posts: 6,277
Liked 229 Times on 195 Posts


EDIT: I knew as soon at I hit "Post Reply" I would see someone who beat me to it
__________________
Primary: air and sadness =(

Kegged: air and sadness =(

Bottled: English Barleywine (brewed 9/26/09 -- bottled 5/5/10)


LET'S GO LA!
LA CAMPEONES!
PLAY FOR GLORY, THE GLORY LA!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2011, 10:10 PM   #5
Golddiggie
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Golddiggie's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Posts: 11,995
Liked 496 Times on 431 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Reno_eNVy_446 View Post
EDIT: I knew as soon at I hit "Post Reply" I would see someone who beat me to it
I was a bit surprised that Revvy hadn't beaten me to the punch... I figured it wouldn't be long before he posted though.

brian13, listen to Revvy... You can confess your brewing sins to him later, and you might be forgiven.
__________________
Hopping Tango Brewery

跟猴子比丟屎 ・ Gun HOE-tze bee DIO-se

On Tap: Caramel Ale, Mocha Porter II, MO SMaSH IPA
Waiting/Carbonating: 12.5% Wee Honey II, 8.9% Old Ale, English Brown Ale, Lickah ESB, Mocha Porter II
Fermenting
K1:
K2: Epic mead
K3: TripSix
On Deck: Caramel Ale
Aging:mead
Mead [bottled]:Oaked Wildflower Traditional, Mocha Madness, Blackberry Melomel, maple wine

 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2011, 10:11 PM   #6
brian13
Recipes 
 
May 2011
irving, texas
Posts: 2

Thank you...Will do..

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Another Carbonation Question... BeermanIPA General Techniques 8 09-20-2009 08:12 AM
carbonation question beerbelay General Techniques 9 09-15-2009 12:36 AM
Carbonation Question Grinder12000 General Techniques 4 06-29-2009 04:11 AM
Carbonation Question cormi3r General Techniques 4 07-03-2007 06:56 PM
carbonation question...... Dude General Techniques 20 04-11-2005 12:39 AM


Forum Jump