Coldbreak Brewing Giveaway - Winners Drawn!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Carbonation Question
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-19-2013, 04:40 AM   #1
closetbrewing
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: San Diego, Ca
Posts: 16
Default Carbonation Question

Botteled my first batch 7 days ago and was wondering how long it takes to carbonate? I want to taste it now but would it be a waste to crack one so soon? Thanks


closetbrewing is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 04:53 AM   #2
masterfool101
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Posts: 272
Liked 19 Times on 16 Posts
Likes Given: 23

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by closetbrewing
Botteled my first batch 7 days ago and was wondering how long it takes to carbonate? I want to taste it now but would it be a waste to crack one so soon? Thanks
If its been at room temperature, it's probably CARBONATED ... But this doesn't mean it's ready. You should wait 3 weeks for the best results on most beers. But if you pop one in he fridge for a day (to allow the carbonation to dissolve into the beer), you should be able to enjoy one tomorrow


__________________
Nothing Beats a Fool's Luck . . . and I am the Master Fool.
masterfool101 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 05:17 AM   #3
gelatin
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 173
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

It's your first batch, try putting two bottles in the fridge now. Open one after a day and another one after a week. Take notes on clarity and head appearance. When you open the one after a week, do it again! On the third week from today, start chilling however much you want according to your newfound knowledge.
gelatin is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 05:29 AM   #4
closetbrewing
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: San Diego, Ca
Posts: 16
Default

Thanks, I will try the 2 Bottles idea and post results in 2 weeks
closetbrewing is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 02:23 PM   #5
Toastman
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Naperville, IL
Posts: 23
Default

I always say I'll wait longer but when a week rolls around I try one out and, usually, it is not carbed enough or at all. 3 days later I try one again. What a difference that makes! After the 2 week mark its pretty good, but as noted already, if you can stay away from them for longer (especially if its a higher grav beer), plus condition in the fridge, it will be fantastic.
__________________
Primary1:Waldo Lake
Primary2:----
Secondary:----
Bottled:Hopquila
Drinkin:Hopquila, Anarchy IPA
Toastman is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 02:31 PM   #6
wiggybrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 153
Liked 15 Times on 12 Posts

Default

Have one now while your brewing your second batch!! My 02 cents.
wiggybrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 02:40 PM   #7
Running_Crazy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 29
Likes Given: 2

Default

I always try one at a week. Mine have all been pretty carbed at the 1 week mark. It's your beer do as you please. The more you drink now the less you have down the road. Another good reason to make more now.
__________________
Running Crazy
Primary 1: Witbier
Primary 2: Air
Bottled: Kilted English Brown Ale, Broken Thermometer Summer Ale, FacePlant Hop Lord Double IPA
Running_Crazy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 04:20 PM   #8
homebrewdad
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
homebrewdad's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 3,244
Liked 374 Times on 272 Posts
Likes Given: 251

Default

It's your beer, OP - do anything you like. With that being said...

Three weeks at 70 degrees F is the baseline for most beers. Cooler temps or higher OG can make this time longer. It is a baseline; some beers may be ready earlier, some may take longer.

To me, popping a bottle at one week, then another at two, is a potential waste of two bottles of beer. Sure, you can "take notes", but unless you plan to brew the identical recipe again and again, and treat it exactly the same (temps, efficiency, volumes, etc), these notes aren't too useful. Basically, you are guaranteeing that, when you get to the last few bottles of the batch (which are typically the best ones, thanks to a little age), you'll have one or two fewer good beers in the name of "research".

But again, it's your beer.
__________________
Check out the priming sugar calculator, yeast starter calculator, and the beer calorie calculator.
homebrewdad is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 04:52 PM   #9
unionrdr
struggling author
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 34,660
Liked 2923 Times on 2526 Posts
Likes Given: 2059

Default

I've always made myself wait at least three weeks. Better at for on average. Then through a happy accident labor day '11,I found that two weeks fridge time makes for thicker head & longer lasting carbonation. Sometimes,1 week is enough. Sometimes it isn't. Each batch of beer is a little different in behavior one way or another.


__________________
My sci-fi & home brewing books on amazon-kindle now! New additions coming!
NEW, REVISED EDITION of book one of Time Lords 2034 series now on Amazon Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
My homebrewing book "Tippy Tippy Tappy" on Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
unionrdr is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Question about carbonation james138 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 03-22-2012 02:10 AM
Carbonation question Sublime8365 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 02-01-2011 01:44 AM
Carbonation Question RetAF General Techniques 5 10-07-2010 04:30 AM
carbonation question yummybeer Bottling/Kegging 1 11-14-2009 03:56 AM
carbonation question DerekPruder Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 02-26-2007 04:42 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS