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Old 10-24-2012, 02:16 PM   #11
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Frankly, I don't buy any of the previous suggestions that there isn't enough yeast in suspension because of secondary, that you need to add extra yeast, etc. etc. However, I do find it takes longer to bottle condition; in fact, I've never had a batch carbonated any sooner than 4 weeks in the bottle. Just FYI.
The issue may not be that there is no yeast in the beer, but that the ABV of the beer has possibly shut down the ale yeast, necessitating champagne yeast to ferment the priming sugar.

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:44 PM   #12
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There is plenty of yeast still there. Like broadbill said, at least 4 weeks. Stronger beers can take much longer.

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:05 PM   #13
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A healthy fermentation should only take up to 7 days max even for a high gravity beer. Anything longer than that and you are either under pitching, under oxygenating, produced nonfermentable wort, at too low of a temperature or a myriad of other problems. A nice clean, healthy fermentation will be complete in 3 days provided you give you yeast the optimum conditions.

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:06 PM   #14
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For the record, all I was referring to was fermentation time. Maturation may/will take much longer.

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:48 PM   #15
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If it's not a temperature issue I will drink all your flat beer, and eat a bug.

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:07 PM   #16
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Can it be a madagascar hissing cockroach?

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:55 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the responses!

I left out some details for brevity's sake but I've thought of a few of the solutions put forth and I don't think my case fits.

Primary-Secondary and Bottling temperature has been kept at a solid 20C or 68F. Out of direct sunlight. No fluctuation in temperature. So unlikely due to temperature.

The first batch was way back in April, and I still have bottles from each batch and I assure they are still quite flat...so not due to insufficient conditioning time.

I do cold crashing but only after about a week of bottle conditioning.

I mix in the dextrose solution into my bottling bucket before bottling, I use regular yeast and not aiming a high ABV beer. I am also positive that it's dextrose. I've heard regular sugar is a no no.

I want to buy a kegging system but my brewing partner insists on the bottle conditioning *siighh* ...that day will come eventually haha.

I've also left out some key info here: I'm more a 'art' than a 'science' sort of type so I pretty fluid with my brewing...I don't take gravity readings (so I don't know ABV) but I can sure as hell taste liquor and I know fermentation when I see it. Some of the batches had some minor variation/mistakes to it involving too much water or accidentally losing some wort...but nothing that should have affected the end product.

Thanks for the help and suggestions though! I think I'm going to go the 'adding some pitched yeast at bottling' route...I still have my suspicion of autolysis or infection so I'm gonna ditch the plastic bucket and go with a super clean glass carboy with no secondary racking. I'm travelling at the moment but when I get back in a couple of weeks, I'll brew a batch and we'll she how she goes!

Thanks for the help! and I'm still open to more suggestions!

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:30 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the responses!

I left out some details for brevity's sake but I've thought of a few of the solutions put forth and I don't think my case fits.

Primary-Secondary and Bottling temperature has been kept at a solid 20C or 68F. Out of direct sunlight. No fluctuation in temperature. So unlikely due to temperature.

The first batch was way back in April, and I still have bottles from each batch and I assure they are still quite flat...so not due to insufficient conditioning time.

I do cold crashing but only after about a week of bottle conditioning.

I mix in the dextrose solution into my bottling bucket before bottling, I use regular yeast and not aiming a high ABV beer. I am also positive that it's dextrose. I've heard regular sugar is a no no.

I want to buy a kegging system but my brewing partner insists on the bottle conditioning *siighh* ...that day will come eventually haha.

I've also left out some key info here: I'm more a 'art' than a 'science' sort of type so I pretty fluid with my brewing...I don't take gravity readings (so I don't know ABV) but I can sure as hell taste liquor and I know fermentation when I see it. Some of the batches had some minor variation/mistakes to it involving too much water or accidentally losing some wort...but nothing that should have affected the end product.

Thanks for the help and suggestions though! I think I'm going to go the 'adding some pitched yeast at bottling' route...I still have my suspicion of autolysis or infection so I'm gonna ditch the plastic bucket and go with a super clean glass carboy with no secondary racking. I'm travelling at the moment but when I get back in a couple of weeks, I'll brew a batch and we'll she how she goes!

Thanks for the help! and I'm still open to more suggestions!
Do you cold crash your entire batch after only 1 week in the bottle?

If so try letting them sit for 3-4 weeks at room temp to carbonate.

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:33 PM   #19
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You have no idea what a cold crash is for do you?!?!?!? Just a hint, its not done after bottling

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:34 PM   #20
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but beer is beer. Keep it up :P

 
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