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Old 04-08-2013, 12:19 AM   #1
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After 2wks of condtioning beer has little head and taste a little flat? Should I let sit for another week. This is my first brew.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:21 AM   #2
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Yes. Give it at least another week. If it isn't done there... give it another week. Most people that bottle don't touch them for at least three weeks. It will likely be even longer if you did a big beer (OG higher than like 1.065).
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:28 AM   #3
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The 3 weeks at 70 degrees, that we recommend is the minimum time it takes for average gravity beers to carbonate and condition. Higher grav beers take longer. Beers stored cooler than 70, take longer.

Stouts and porters have taken me between 6 and 8 weeks to carb up..I have a 1.090 Belgian strong that took three months to carb up.


Temp and gravity are the two factors that contribute to the time it takes to carb beer. But if a beer's not ready yet, or seems low carbed, and you added the right amount of sugar to it, then it's not stalled, it's just not time yet.

Everything you need to know about carbing and conditioning, can be found here Of Patience and Bottle Conditioning. With emphasis on the word, "patience."

Carbing is foolprrof. You ad the right amount of sugar, leave it at the right temp, and it will carb.

If a beer isn't carbed by "x number of weeks" you just have to give them more time. If you added your sugar, then the beer will carb up eventually, it's really a foolroof process. All beers will carb up eventually. A lot of new brewers think they have to "troubleshoot" a bottling issue, when there really is none, the beer knows how to carb itself. In fact if you run beersmiths carbing calculator, some lower grav beers don't even require additional sugar to reach their minimum level of carbonation. Just time.
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Thanks Revvy for your explanation, but can I clarify? Will the beer still eventually carbonate when you (I) have under dosed the beer with sugar at bottling. I put a carbonating drop that matched a 330ml bottle, not the 500ml I used.
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It will carb, but not to the level that you initially wanted it to.
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Thanks Revvy for your explanation, but can I clarify? Will the beer still eventually carbonate when you (I) have under dosed the beer with sugar at bottling. I put a carbonating drop that matched a 330ml bottle, not the 500ml I used.
It won't reach the same carbonation level as the target. It will carb, but will always seem less carbed than you probably planned.

For the record - I hate carb drops/tabs. Boil a little table sugar in a cup or two of water, dump that in the bottling bucket, rack the beer on otop of it. Voila. Consistent carbonation to the exact vlume of CO2 that you want - use more of less sugar as desired.
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When I have my bottle filler in the bottle how far should I fill the bottle?
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:52 AM   #8
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Close to the top when you remove the filler you will have about 1 inch head space
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The 3 weeks at 70 degrees, that we recommend is the minimum time it takes for average gravity beers to carbonate and condition. Higher grav beers take longer. Beers stored cooler than 70, take longer.
Crap, I just put half the batch of a 7.8% English black ipa with bourbon and oak chips in the refrigerator after two weeks at 70, If it's flat can I put it back to warm storage? I haven't sampled one because I am on antibiotics for strep throat.
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Crap, I just put half the batch of a 7.8% English black ipa with bourbon and oak chips in the refrigerator after two weeks at 70, If it's flat can I put it back to warm storage? I haven't sampled one because I am on antibiotics for strep throat.
Yes. Take it all out and give it another week or two at 70-75*F followed by at least three days fridge time.
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