Coldbreak Brewing Giveaway - Open to All!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > My beer didn't carbonate...
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-20-2011, 12:25 AM   #1
joecav
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Andover, MA
Posts: 24
Default My beer didn't carbonate...

Back in September I brewed 2 batches of beer at my parents house then left them in primary until Thanksgiving when I bottled them. After 2 weeks I opened 1 bottle from each batch and neither beer appeared carbonated. I checked the bottle caps on the other bottles and they appear to be well sealed. After another week the beer still did not appear to be carbonated. Is it possible that the yeast died or went dormant in primary? I kept it in the cellar which is fairly consistent at 65-68 F. Will the yeast "wake up" with time and carbonate the beer? Thanks in advance!


joecav is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 12:35 AM   #2
hoghead
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: , Iowa
Posts: 107
Liked 7 Times on 4 Posts

Default

Did you add priming sugar? 2 months in primary is usually considered a long time but the yeast should still be there to carbonate. Are the bottles sitting at room temperature now?


hoghead is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 12:48 AM   #3
joecav
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Andover, MA
Posts: 24
Default

Yeah I agree that 2 months is a long time but I've left beer for 6 weeks before and it turned out fine. From reading a lot of posts on HBT I've gathered that 2 months shouldn't be a problem. The bottles were stored in the same basement as primary (and I keep them off the concrete floor which is typically colder) i used 3/4 cup priming sugar for one batch and a 7 oz (i think) packet of kreamy x (which I understand is essentially just DME) for the other. Neither batch is carbonated yet... : (
joecav is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 01:26 AM   #4
joecav
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Andover, MA
Posts: 24
Default

ok I figured out the problem... my buddy who brews with me took some of each batch and brought them home. He mistakenly put them in the fridge when he got home. Those are the bottles we opened. Problem solved.
joecav is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2011, 04:07 AM   #5
Grinder12000
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Columbus WI
Posts: 2,953
Liked 39 Times on 32 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Too cold - 70 degrees is the magic number for carbonation - it CAN happen colder but it's a LOT more work.


__________________
Grinders Island Brewery - Pipeline

138 batches and counting

European IPA bottled, One Putt 12 IPA carbing. East Indian Porter on tap. Looking into a Saffon Beer
Grinder12000 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dry Ice to Carbonate Beer? juse General Techniques 17 11-08-2012 03:40 PM
EdWorts Apfelwein carbonate or no carbonate? JBrady General Techniques 15 12-25-2010 04:21 AM
Apfelwein: To carbonate or not to carbonate? aMillionDreams General Techniques 11 06-16-2010 01:41 PM
Do not carbonate THIS way! Grinder12000 General Techniques 20 05-15-2009 07:47 PM
When to carbonate. SCHUWEET General Techniques 1 01-16-2009 05:44 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS