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Old 11-21-2011, 04:01 AM   #11
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Unlike kegging CO2 is produced within the beer, not in the head space. It is absorbed better than even with a stone. Some escapes to the top but not as much as you might think. Head space is calculated for and the pressure changes with temperature.


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Old 11-21-2011, 07:11 PM   #12
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I've only brewed about a dozen batches, but I always found carbing in bottles to be good after about a week. If you didn't stir your priming sugar in good enough (without aerating), inconsistencies can happen. Also, leaving uneven amounts of headspace in the bottles can cause that. If u use a bottle filling wand, that'll help u get even amounts of headspace across all your bottles. one last thing is that keeping your bottles in an area that doesn't change temp is really important. U want temps as consistent as possible. Good luck on your next batch, and drink all them overcarbed beers before they pop!


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Old 11-22-2011, 04:18 AM   #13
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i had troubles with bottle carbing until i did two things: bought a scale to measure my sugar and putting my sugar solution into the bottling bucket and racking on top of it, positioning my hose so that it created a mild "swirl", mixing itself evenly. since that it's been consistent and good.
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Old 11-22-2011, 04:32 AM   #14
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Hmm. Reading your post - all the tall bottles are OK and the stubbies are flat. That tells me it was not inadequate mixing of the bottling sugar. I'll bet the stubbies had a slightly different cap size or did not fit into your capper as well. A poor seal on the cap results in flat beer. Possible?
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:12 PM   #15
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I never had trouble with the Sierra Nevada stubbies. I wonder which one's the OP used?
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The only difference I've noticed with shorter bottles is they finish clearing a day or two sooner.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:42 PM   #17
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Not saying what anyone SHOULD do, but I bottled every one of my batches this year and the only ones not well-carbed in a week have been high ABV (8.5+%).

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Old 11-24-2011, 01:24 PM   #18
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I got this inconsistency when I was brewing my first few batches...mine were all the same bottles too. I found that I simply needed to heat my honey (I don't use sugar) up more so that it truly dissolved first, and really swirl it around the pot before adding my beer. I haven't had an issue since, but I have no idea if that was truly my problem.
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Old 11-26-2011, 02:44 PM   #19
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Did you make a priming solution? When during the racking stage did you add it?
I did but I feel like I must not have mixed it well enough because of the uneven disbursement.
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Old 11-26-2011, 02:45 PM   #20
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Wait - it's been barely a week and you're already cracking those bottles?
Are they even cold yet?

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Oh I know I'm guilty of being over anxious, but none the less you shouldn't receive such extremely opposite results after any amount of time.


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