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Old 03-14-2006, 02:27 AM   #1
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Default Very Little carbanation- HELP!

I have made three batches so far. Each with corn sugar. All were 6 gallon batches. The first batch we used 2/3 cup and it had hardly any carbonation. The second batch I screwed up and caramelized the sugar (3/4 cup), whoops, but that one has carbonated alright. The third batch I used over a cup, about 1.2cups of corn sugar. That one is about a week and a half old and it has carbonated about as much as the second batch. I can not get as much carbonation as I would like. I get bubbles but none of that carbonated feeling. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-14-2006, 02:36 AM   #2
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When you drank the beer, did it still have a sweet taste? This would be an indication of incomplete fermentation. And what was the temp the bottles were stored at?

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Old 03-14-2006, 02:52 AM   #3
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The third batch I used over a cup, about 1.2cups of corn sugar. That one is about a week and a half old and it has carbonated about as much as the second batch. I can not get as much carbonation as I would like. I get bubbles but none of that carbonated feeling. Any suggestions?
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I would say that you definitely need more than 3/4 cups of corn sugar for 6 gallons of home brew. You are increasing the amount of beer by 20% so the corn sugar should also be increased. I would say 1 cup should do the trick. 1 1/4 cup would probably still be OK as well.
When you talk about the beer having a certain carbonation after a week and a half, my brews have always taken about 3 weeks of bottle conditioning before they are at their peak. Your third batch will probably be more carbonated in a week or two.
Also, make sure you stir the beer well to evenly distribute the corn sugar in the beer.
Hope this helps.
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:17 AM   #4
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I dod't know where you live but if you live in a northern state and store beer on a basement floor that is cold it can take a long time to cacbonizw. I am the impatient kind and a long time storage for me is 5 days.

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What temp are you storing it at? It took my last batch 3 full weeks at 70F to carbonate.
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Old 03-14-2006, 08:28 PM   #6
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The temp is around 75 now. It did get cold and the temp in the room dropped to a little above 65. I want somehting carbonated like bud. They are getting slightly more carbonated, but not to the level i would like.
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also, length of time in secondary is a consideration as well. A longer secondary fermentation requires longer time for the yeast to eat up your priming sugar.
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.......it can take a long time to cacbonizw.
what the hell happened here?
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Old 03-14-2006, 10:27 PM   #9
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what the hell happened here?
I think there may be alcohol involved with that post


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