This is third batch in and I am getting NO carbonation.
Yep, I know, pretty stupid. You'd think I'd learn after the first time, but let me explain.
Full grain brewing with a Gatorade cooler mash-tun, 23 L batches with a plastic carboy and glass secondary. I do all the standard procedures, mash-in, lauter, mash-out, boil wort etc...and at the end of it all I have a nice sweet product and add my pitched wyeast at room temperature. Wait for a full two weeks after bottling annnnnnddd ....No carbonation.
So I thought, perhaps a sanitation issue ( I had reasons to suspect)...so I diversol'd the **** out of my equipment for 24 hours. Tried again, annoyingly, no success.
I thought, perhaps a bottling issue. I use glass bottles with press on caps. I put some baking soda and vinegar into a bottle and put it under water for a minute or two to test the seal. No leak. I tried different bottles, swing tops. Also flat.
Here's the kicker though, the beer was quite alcoholic. Yet no carbonation.
I primary fermented in a plastic bucket for about 6 days, secondary for about a week or two...Also during bottling used more than an adequate amount of dextrose dissolved in boiled water.
Maybe all the fermentation somehow went though during the primary? A stubborn infection maybe? Autolysis? I don't know...but if this next batch doesn't come through I might quit my hobby of many years....I've done tons of batches and never have had a problem before with carbonation. My beer has all of a sudden just been failing hard and I don't know what to do!