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Old 07-17-2011, 09:05 PM   #1
Feb 2011
Beaverton, OR
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So I took my Blackberry cider out to tertiary and aged it for a couple months. I bottled it last week, and while I know a week is a short amount of time for bottle carbing, there was almost no carbination at all.

Could this be due to the multiple rackings and aging? Did nearly all of my yeast fall out of suspension and now my cider won't carb? if so, rats!

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Old 07-17-2011, 09:09 PM   #2
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You know that a week is hardly a lot of time at all, and yet you still started a thread about why it's not carbed?

You answered your own question!!!!!

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.

If you just arbitrarily put them in the cold at three weeks, without making sure they were carbed to begin with, then you've prevented them from carbing further.

Yeast go to sleep in the cold, they don't carb your beer. SO of coulrse you beer is stuck uncarbed right where you put them into the fridge.

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."

Lazy Llama came up with a handy dandy chart to determine how long something takes in brewing, whether it's fermentation, carbonation, bottle conditioning....

Your cider fits into the high gravity category.

Walk away, for a long, long time......I've had hard ciders take 6 months to carb up.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:14 AM   #3
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if you doubt revvy, just grab a bottle, put it in a dark bag, and then put it outside for a few days. in this summer heat, it will carb up in no time. it will taste like poop, but you will see that your yeast is alive in the bottle and just fine.

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Old 07-18-2011, 09:49 AM   #4
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summer heat... hahaha. Come to oregon where it's rained the last two days! It's april, right?

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Old 07-19-2011, 02:22 PM   #5
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Dude, Revvy. That is the best chart I have ever seen.

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