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Old 03-16-2012, 02:56 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Homercidal View Post
Wait... Force carbed beer has different sized bubbles than bottle carbed beer?
Of course, now I can't find where I've read this.
From my studies, I've read that bottle conditioning creates a finer carbonation where as force carbing creates larger bubbles. I've started kegging and force carbing majority of my brews, but there are some that I will still bottle condition to get a specific carbonation profile I'm looking for.
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:19 PM   #12
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If the bubbles are different sizes it can likely mean the gas is different somehow, or the medium is different somehow. Other things equal.

I can't believe CO2 created by the yeast in the bottle is going to be different from Force Carb CO2 to be noticeable.

Are you sure you're not thinking of Guinness and the nitro gas the use in some of their beer?

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Old 03-16-2012, 07:51 PM   #13
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Wow, thanks for all the awesome info. I'll shoot for another 2 weeks + 3 days refridgeration

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Old 03-16-2012, 07:57 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Homercidal View Post
Wait... Force carbed beer has different sized bubbles than bottle carbed beer?
No. Carbonation is carbonation.

I'd leave the bottles in a warm place for another week, then chill one for at least 24 hours (NOT in the freezer for an hour) so that the co2 in the headspace has time to dissolve into the beer well before opening.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:35 PM   #15
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Ok,I'll repeat my mantra once again. 3 weeks at 70F is the average time an average gravity beer takes to carbonate. But conditioning time is a bit slower,by a week or two. So they're best at 4-5 weeks at 70F.
Then,at least one week in the fridge ( I set mine for 47F) for the co2 in the head space to be absorbed by the beer. It's not a quick process in my experience. Also,two weeks in the fridge gives thicker head,& longer lasting carbonation. Not to mention,as soon as the bottled beer cools down overnight,any chill haze possible will show up,& take a couple days of that week to settle.
And the finer bubbles/head is what most breweries/brewers find desirable. Soda pop head & bubbles are generally signes of week,imature carbonation that signals the need for more time at room temp.
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