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rightwingnut

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Should you notice anything going on after bottling? Should there be a layer of foam if it's carbonating properly?
 

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Nope. The only thing you'll see is the yeast settling to the bottom after it has completed conditioning, and even that may take holding it up to a light.

Foam only occurs when the CO2 bubbles out of solution. Since a bottle is a sealed system, the CO2 stays dissolved until you open it :D

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If you are using plastic soda bottles, the only thing you will notice is the bottles getting hard as a rock between 10-14 days. If you are using glass bottles, just let them sit for 2 weeks, refrigerate one and crack it open, if it foams and it is carbonated, you're good. otherwise, leave the beer alone.
 
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I had one yesterday...from one of those Grolsch-style bottles....popped like a bottle of champagne!
 

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I never noticed anything happening in the glass bottles, I did one plastic just to feel where the processes was at. It worked out because I realized that I put to much priming sugar in when the bottle was hard and looking like it was about to explode. At that point I popped a glass one to taste and make sure.
 
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