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Old 04-24-2012, 11:37 PM   #1
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I am using the 5 oz priming sugar per 5 gallons it is carbed up but I wish it had a little more. I though that maybe the caps weren't that tight but I rechecked them all and I am using the red wing capper. I was thinking of maybe going to 5.5 or 6 oz priming sugar or would I be risking bottle bombs
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:55 PM   #2
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That wouldn't hurt. What style are we talking? Some brews will benefit from a good bit more or less priming sugar. Also, the temp of your beer at bottling will have an impact as well... Cold liquid will hold more dissolved co2 in solution.
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:10 AM   #3
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how long did you leave it out of th fridge and at what temp? i never use that much sugar (usually around 2/3 to 3/4 a cup) and i neve have an issue
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:33 AM   #4
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After priming, how long did you leave the bottles at room temp before sticking them in the fridge?
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:40 AM   #5
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Yup all of the above and how long did you leave it at room temp it takes a light beer 2 or 3 weeks to carb up and a higher gravity beer months I am told.

1 oz per gallon is pretty common and for me it puts me up to 2.7 gravities if I bottle at 70 degrees.

Depending on your bottles I would not go much higher than that. Some bottles are much heavier and can hold greater pressures but I was told from the brewery where i bought the bottles to never go over 3 atmospheres or I would risk bottle bombs.

And to be honest to my taste 2.7 is about right for me. It falls in line with the bud and coors crowd.
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:40 AM   #6
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The bottles have been at room temp for around 7 weeks I put 6 of them in the fridge yesterday I have been drinking a few for the last 4 weeks. I made a kind of Samuel Adams clone extract kit. It fermented for 4 weeks and was around 70 when I bottled.
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Then it could be that:
1) You don't care for that volume of carb
2) You actually had more than 5 gallons when you bottled
3) Your priming solution didn't mix well enough and some bottles will be under/over carbed
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Sorry I missed your post. What kind of sugar are you using. And do you mean it has been in the bottle 7 weeks or 7 weeks since you brewed it and 3 weeks in the bottle
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I used 5 oz of corn sugar and it has been in the 12 oz bottles for 7 weeks.
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Also the bubbles seem to be very small so maybe that is it I used a Nottingham yeast
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