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Old 09-08-2012, 11:01 PM   #1
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You know, when I pour my beer. What were you thinking?

I bottled a batch of blonde ale 4 weeks ago and it's carbonated enough to drink but I think it needs to be more carbonated. I used a kit and I think it called for 3/4 cup of sugar for my five gallon batch. They are stored in the basement @ 70 F. I've tried to slowly flip the bottle over to get everything mixed up but its still the same. Any ideas? I'm guessing the basement is a little warm for carbonation but I can't adjust the temp down there.

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Old 09-08-2012, 11:11 PM   #2
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That seems like a long time to have no head. Did you not use a priming sugar? Did you use a bottling bucket etc? Prime in a pot dump in bucket? Sounds like either not enough sugar or yeast is weak? Only two things I can think of.

 
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:13 PM   #3
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First....don't flip them.
Second....what kind of glass/cup are you using?

I ask because I had a batch that I thought had no head. I kept pouring into a glass and it had nothing. Turns out it was my dishwasher detergent that was killing the head. I poured into a red SOLO cup and the head was glorious.

Look into this first, and if that is not the culprit, you can look somewhere else.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:21 PM   #4
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Pint glasses. I've had no problems with carbonation with the other kits I've made.

 
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:22 PM   #5
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That seems like a long time to have no head. Did you not use a priming sugar? Did you use a bottling bucket etc? Prime in a pot dump in bucket? Sounds like either not enough sugar or yeast is weak? Only two things I can think of.
Yes on all accounts. I hope the yeast wasn't week.

 
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:24 PM   #6
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your beer has no swag

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Old 09-08-2012, 11:36 PM   #7
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your beer has no swag
Beat me to it.

 
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:39 PM   #8
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I've tried to slowly flip the bottle over to get everything mixed up but its still the same. Any ideas? I'm guessing the basement is a little warm for carbonation but I can't adjust the temp down there.
flipping the bottle to stir things up might be a factor.
Are your glasses clean (no residue, jet dry etc)?
If you have clean glasses, a blonde should give you head after 4 weeks.

 
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:44 PM   #9
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:49 PM   #10
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I usually get great head from blondes

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