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Old 04-14-2008, 12:06 AM   #1
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I have been brewing off and on for that last several years, but recently (my last 3 or 4 batches) I have started experiencing some inconsistancy with carbonation. I never had problems before.

Only about half of my beers have been carbonating properly. In fact the ones that are carbonated are really carb'd...

To me it seems my priming sugar is not mixing thoroughly with my beer.

My technique is to boil 2 cups of water, add my priming sugar and boil 1 more minute. I then let it cool down below 80 degrees and pour it into my bottling bucket. I then rack my beer into the priming sugar mix.

What could be causing this problem? I'm stumped !!!


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Old 04-14-2008, 12:51 AM   #2
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Do you stir gently every 10-12 bottles while filling? We had horrible carbonation inconsistencies that cleared up by stirring gently a few times during bottling. As far as letting it cool to 80 before pouring into the bucket, we've just started the siphon and dumped it in...not sure if that makes a difference, but I'm sure somebody else could comment on that.


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last time i bottled i thought about stirring after i racked the beer to the bottling bucket, but i did not do it... from now on a gentle stir will be in my bottling routine... hopefully that will solve this problem.

to be honest i'm not sure i started experiencing this problem until i made a concerted effort to cool down my priming sugar before racking my beer. I did not used to do that, but i started doing it in order to prevent killing the remaining yeast...

maybe i have been overly cautious and should just go back to adding the priming sugar immediately after boiling... i mean 2 cups of hot water added to 5 gallons of beer should not really affect the temps much...
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I've done what you describe for every batch I've bottled. Never once stirred. I've never had a problem with uneven carbonation.

But it does sound like inadequate mixing could be your problem. I'd suggest using a sanitized long spoon and gently stir it when you rack. I don't know what else the problem could be.
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yea, it's kinda suprising to me i started experiencing this issues.

however, i just picked up a nice spoon that is around 2 feet long, so sanitizing and stirring before racking can't hurt...
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yea, it's kinda suprising to me i started experiencing this issues.

however, i just picked up a nice spoon that is around 2 feet long, so sanitizing and stirring before racking can't hurt...
Is there any worry about oxidation from stirring?

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Just be gentle while stirring. Go not stir to the point where you splash or create bubbles.

However, like Yooper, I never had a problem with uneven carbonation when I bottled, and I used the same protocol.


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Old 04-14-2008, 07:08 PM   #8
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Do you think maybe it could possibly be something left in the bottles? May some residual residue, inconstant cleaning perhaps?
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Just a thought, but perhaps the cooler sugar mix doesn't mix as well as a warmer one.

Maybe the higher temperature and the higher gravity work together for a more even solution.

Just speculating though. Before kegging, I cooled and didn't mix and never had any problems.
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I have been running into the same problems. I have some bottles that carb fine, some that are low, one that was really, really high, and some that seem a little high and taste noticeably sweeter.

I have always used the boil water, add sugar, cool to 80-90, dump in bucket, get the siphon hose do the mixing method.

I'm bottling a Hefe either tonight or tomarrow. I'll try to give it a gentle stir.

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