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Old 12-16-2009, 11:43 AM   #1501
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I bottled the Irish Stout, and used Fermentis US-05 yeast. The temp was low 50s for the two weeks (way too low, US-05 bottom temp is 58F). I opened a bottle a couple nights ago and there was absolutely no carbonation.

If I put the bottles in a warmer temp for a couple weeks, is there a chance it will carbonate?


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Old 12-16-2009, 01:07 PM   #1502
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Bottle carbing will take forever at those temperatures. Try storing the bottles at 68-75 degrees for a couple of weeks.


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Old 12-17-2009, 02:46 PM   #1503
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Thanks for the advice. Any approximations as to how low I can set the thermostat when I leave if I stick with the provided yeast.

Another thing, I checked my supplies, one of my packages of sanitizer has inflated for some reason (the rest are normal), is the inflated one still ok to use?

 
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:14 PM   #1504
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Thanks for the advice. Any approximations as to how low I can set the thermostat when I leave if I stick with the provided yeast.

Another thing, I checked my supplies, one of my packages of sanitizer has inflated for some reason (the rest are normal), is the inflated one still ok to use?

Well...I wouldn't set the thermostat much below 70. And don't place the bottles on a cold floor. The inflated bag probably means moisture has gotten into the pouch. I would probably toss it.
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:52 PM   #1505
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Try placing your bottles or fermentor someplace warmer like on top of the refrigerator or somewhere else up high (heat rises). Even though S-05 lists 59 as a minimum temperature I've noticed that it really slows down when you get below the mid-60's. The yeast should wake back up if you place them somewhere warm.

Do you have a hydrometer (what was the final gravity)? Did you taste your stout before bottling (did it taste sweet)? Did you use glass or the plastic Mr. Beer bottles? If your temperatures were in the 50's during a two week fermentation I'm worried that fermentation might not have been complete when you bottled. Any sugars not fermented due to the cold temperatures will be fermented in the bottle along with your priming sugar possibly causing them to over carbonate. When you warm your bottles for carbonation place them inside several heavy duty garbage bags or inside a cooler to contain any exploding bottles. The Mr. Beer bottles are quite sturday and will tend to bulge out and the caps may bulge before exploding, where glass bottles will just go "pop".

 
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:14 PM   #1506
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Guy gave me a Mr Beer beer the other night. Something ale. Not too bad. Like beer met 7-up. Kinda like a shandy of sorts.
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Old 12-19-2009, 04:34 PM   #1507
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I hadn't thought of on the fridge. I was probably going to keep it in a cooler in an inner room of my house where it should stay warmer, or on a high shelf in the closet of that room. I may need to just accept the fact that I should wait until after I return to make it. BTW, I think all the Mr. Beer has the same yeast, but would the type of beer I'm making with it change anything?

 
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:44 AM   #1508
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Yes, all the Mr. Beer recipes use the same yeast. It is a good, reliable ale yeast that can make tasty beer. Many beer styles require a specific yeast to properly make that style so technically they cannot be made with Mr. Beer yeast.

 
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:38 PM   #1509
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Yes, shamefully I admit: I started with a Mr. Beer. However, now I own a Brutus 10, home built system with all 15 Gallon Blichmann tanks and many other gadgets. I have a fridgeration system for the Lagers and a 4 spout Kegerator. So, I would have to say that Mr. Beer is a "gateway drug" to bigger brewing addictions.

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Old 12-27-2009, 08:16 AM   #1510
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Im on day 4 of fermenting w/ my mr beer kit. I already ordered a few carboys and hops and yeast.. Im trying to build up.. Id agree its a nice starter. but i didnt even get to try mine bf stepping up lol



 
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