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    Fizzy beer, no head

    Hi, I have done a batch using Simply Ritchies Lager kit. I have stored my bottles at 24 degrees C for 2 and a half weeks now. I put one of the bottles in the fridge for 48 hours and tried it tonight. There was a loud pop (swingtop bottle) and as I poured it had a slight head which fizzed out...
  2. E

    Pressure my cans through carbonation?

    Hi, I am making a carbonated flavoured water. My cans are not strong to touch when seamed (squishy). Some are firm. I carbonated using a Blichmann Quik Carb in a Korny keg. I used a beer gun to fill the cans from the Korny keg. I then seamed the cans. The cans are not firm apart from the odd...
  3. C

    Carbonation and Sweeter Cider?

    Are there any tips for beginner brewers on how to have a slightly sweeter than fully fermented cider with carbonation? I know it is said to be difficult, but I'm wondering if anyone has any tips. I would prefer to not back sweeten in the glass if at all possible. I read a bit about Camden...
  4. micraftbeer

    Best way to transport a keg- Pressurized headspace or no?

    In these COVID times, we'll have neighborhood gatherings in the common grassy area in our subdivision on weekends from time to time. I load up a couple cornys on a wagon and roll out there- all of maybe 150-200 ft. I end up with huge amounts of foam in my picnic tap beer lines, and oftentimes...
  5. dazsnow

    Any way to carbonate a keg without opening it and without a regulator?

    I have a 19L corny keg full of NEIPA that I wanted to force carb and get drinking quickly. After cooling the keg to 6 degrees I gave it an initial blast of CO2 to 30 psi. As I was shaking the keg, I knocked over the tank and broke my only regulator. It's not easy to buy one where I live so I...
  6. M

    Prolonged Cold Crash ... Is That Bad?

    I dropped the temp on my fermentation chamber to cold crash an Amber Ale on Friday afternoon. Dropped the temp to 1.5'C (~35'F). Normally it's like that for anywhere from 12-24 hrs and then I bottle. However, this time around life got in the way. It's now Tuesday and it's still sitting in cold...
  7. D

    How to control alcohol and have good carbonation?

    So i have been practicing home style kombucha brewing from last 3 years and finally decided to move into more commercial aspect of business. However, i found out that to be in non-alcoholic segment of market, i need to have less than 0.5% alcohol in my product, which i couldn't control with...
  8. J

    Beginner brewer questions.

    Ok so I’m new to home brewing. I’ve so far done 2 brews with the kits you buy online and it makes about 5 gallons or about 50 bottles. Both times they tasted great I was very pleased with the results... at first. After the 2 week carbonation process in bottles I put them all in the fridge I...
  9. Upstate12866

    How to maximize head/foam?

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone had tips for maximizing head and foam. This is especially hard for me in extract recipes. I've been doing some research before posting. Looks like adding wheat helps (does this include wheat extract?) and "cara" type steeping grains. I'm seeing mixed...
  10. J

    Kegging Vs Bottling

    I've recently brewed a mango IPA using the BIAB method. It's turned out really well. Very hoppy and lovely taste. I bottled 5l of it and kept the other 10l for my keg. Ive bought a 5l keg which I've used for the first time with this brew. The beer tasted nice and had a nice head, it was just a...
  11. AntDoctor

    How did they carbonate beer in ye olden times?

    I've been wondering about this recently, but how did past brewers carbonate/pressurize their beer? I hope this is the right sub forum, but I'm curious how brewers from medieval times to around the 1700s managed to carbonate beer. Like, did they bottle condition it? Crown caps are a relatively...
  12. ErectedTadpole

    Zero Carbonation

    I brewed a DIPA using extract and bottled the brew as I normally would. Used my priming sugar in the bottling bucket, etc. After 2 weeks of conditioning there was no carbonation at all. I test one bottle at a time. So after another week, I put a bottle in the fridge, waited a few days, maybe a...
  13. J

    Will finings affect bottle carbonation?

    Hi, I’m currently planning to brew a European lager. I will be adding finings at the end of the boil but I was also considering adding finings at the end of the fermentation prior to racking. I was hoping this would achieve a clearer end product. I am worried that the finings added at the...
  14. jayjay

    Keg dry hopping with Eureka! after carbonation

    Hi forum So i have just completed my first kegging of a homebrew batch (West coast IPA) which i intend to bring on a weekend trip with some friends. I am quite satisfied with the taste of the beer, however i was wondering whether it would be possible to dry hop in the keg after carbonation...
  15. E

    Bottle Conditioning Question - What to do?

    Hi All, I'm a relatively new homebrewer and I've got a question about a recent brew that's not carbonating. I brewed a brown ale on 21NOV. I pitched a full packet of S-04 into 2.5 gallons of wort. The OG was 1.059. On 24NOV, the gravity was 1.015. The fermentation occurred in a closet where...
  16. BryggAnton

    Loosing carbonation after pouring from a keg

    Hi folks! It seems like i have a problem with the carbonation leaving my beer to fast. When pouring my kölsch to a glass there is a great amount of carbonation. And the first sips there is alot of carbonation. But it seems like the carbonation is leaving the glass very fast so when drinking...
  17. Avid Artifex

    Question on F2 in Fermentor

    Hello, I have been homebrewing kombucha for a couple of months now, and I use beer bottles and bottle caps to bottle my kombucha. I used to flavor each bottle and pour the kombucha into the bottles and do my F2 in the bottles (like you normally do), but I wanted to have nothing else but smooth...
  18. G

    Bottle cappers & no carbonation?

    Are all bottle cappers created equal? After ordering a starter kit from Northern Brewery I bottled my first batch of included Block Party Amber two weeks ago along with Kveik yeast as my apartment is at a minimum of 80 degrees. I cracked my first one open yesterday. It is drinkable but there is...
  19. J

    Beer/ soda carbonation

    Hello, So i made my first batch of beer and my wife has asked me to make soda for her. I am bottle conditioning my beer, however she wants the soda to be 100% non alcoholic. Is there a way to carbonate soda THEN bottle it? If so what would i need?
  20. DanInSydney

    Head retention

    I’ve made a couple of extract brews and although they taste great. Original Bitter & Northern Brown Ale. HOWEVER... although they’ve carbonated with the right amount of fizz I was going for in each style, I get crappy head retention. I doubt it’s the bottles as I’ve tried a few types. I’ve...