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Old 09-08-2011, 10:26 PM   #1
Jul 2011
Hampton, Georgia
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Okay experts, here is my question. I bottled my IPA a week ago today. This was my second brew. I refrigerated and cracked one open today, no carbonation, hardly any taste. I used 3 oz of hops in a 5 gallon brew, I thought I would be able to taste something.

Am I possibly not filling up my bottles enough, was the bottle cap not crimped all the way, or possibly something else wrong?

Thanks for the help over the last few months, all of you are VERY helpful, and I hope to join your ranks soon.

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Old 09-08-2011, 10:50 PM   #2
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Apr 2009
Hidden Valley, Arizona
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Post a recipe for flavor issues

1 week is not long enough for carbonation (try 3 or 4)....

When I used to bottle I usually let my brew sit in the fridge for a couple days before imbibing

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Old 09-08-2011, 10:53 PM   #3
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Most beers take at least 3 weeks to carb for me. Higher ABV can take even longer. 3oz of hops may or may not be a lot of bitterness. Depends on the type and more importantly the AA%. 3oz of Saaz @ 4%AA won't compare to 3oz of Summit at 14%AA. Give the bottles a couple of more weeks to prime and then pop a couple in the fridge before you judge it. I know it's hard, but patience is your best friend at this point.

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Old 09-08-2011, 11:56 PM   #4
Aug 2011
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1 week is definitely early, but also examine the bottle. i've had two bottles without carbonation so far. one was a twist cap bottle that somehow got into my collection and didn't properly seal. another bottle had a hairline crack that was unnoticable at first glance. give it another two weeks and try again, and RDWHAHB

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