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Old 11-03-2005, 04:09 PM   #1
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I have bottled, put the bottles back in the box to keep out of the light, put a towel over them and are sitting at about 69 degee temps. Question is, how do you know when they are fully primed and carbonated enough to drink? I know the longer you wait the better the taste, so how long should you wait before popping one open? It has been 6 days now since bottling......I am dying to put one in the fridge to chill and pop.....but want a good flavor and carbonation when I do so........

 
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Old 11-03-2005, 04:14 PM   #2
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Those who wait 7 days on their first batch are rare. It might have just a bit of fizz now...it'll be much better in 4 or 5 days. At two weeks it should be getting where you want it...all depending on the style you brewed of course.
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Old 11-03-2005, 04:18 PM   #3
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I always open one at 10 days. That's just all I can wait, but I've never waited less. I'd say 85% of the time they're well carbonated. Another strategy I've used is to jointly brew batches with a friend in the neighborhood and just ask him how carbonation is going since he's generally more impatient than I am and starts popping caps within a week.

 
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Old 11-03-2005, 04:33 PM   #4
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I opened my first batch at about 7.5 days, and it was well carbonated, though I believe that I use more priming sugar than others, 1 cup of corn sugar. They have been just getting better since that day, and I only have 22 12oz bottles left from 48!!
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Old 11-03-2005, 04:50 PM   #5
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Okay, well I might wait a little longer then......Dang, killing me!! What I have bottled now is a Nut Brown Ale.....used 3/4 cup priming sugar!!!

Thanks for all the input brew buddies!!!

 
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Old 11-03-2005, 04:53 PM   #6
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Give it until kickoff on Sunday and then crack one open!

 
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Old 11-03-2005, 04:53 PM   #7
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From asking around, 3/4 cup is more to the norm. I got a cup from a friend that brews. I was drinking some of his, and remarked that I would like mine to be a little more bubbly. He had used 3/4, so I up'd the dosage, so to speak.
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Old 11-03-2005, 05:19 PM   #8
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bottled my first batch last saturday.... cant wait to open one up. its been pretty easy for me though, ive been working 3p.m.-11p.m. all this week. cant really drink before work, and too tired afterwards.
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Old 11-04-2005, 02:39 AM   #9
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All of my batches have been carbonated before two weeks, but they always get better after being in the bottle longer. It usually takes about a month in the bottle before that happens. Your patience will be rewarded.
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Old 11-04-2005, 02:43 AM   #10
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I bottled a pumkin beer about a week and a half ago. It took so long to ferment that I thought a good three weeks would be a reasonable conditioning time. I opened one yesterday It was carbonated, but I think the flavor needs to mellow a bit yet. Still tasty though.

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