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Hello,

In general terms, how long does it take for a bottle of beer to reach it's maximum carbonation after bottling ? Ambient temperature app. 66-68 degrees. Also, once the bottled beer is placed in refrigeration all carbonation stops, correct ? Does refrigeration for any particular amount of time add any positive properties to the beer ? Again, generally how long should the beer be refrigerated prior to consumption. Thanks !

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Hi Steve, Im no expert but 2 weeks or a bit earlier is a good ball park. I always recommend filling one plastic bottle so you can feel when its hard, carbed and ready to go. The idea is to NOT have to refrigerate unless you have added too much sugar when bottling. People say you have to refrigerate for a few days before drinking but I can put them in the fridge in the morning and then drink at night.
 

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Hello,

In general terms, how long does it take for a bottle of beer to reach it's maximum carbonation after bottling ? Ambient temperature app. 66-68 degrees. Also, once the bottled beer is placed in refrigeration all carbonation stops, correct ? Does refrigeration for any particular amount of time add any positive properties to the beer ? Again, generally how long should the beer be refrigerated prior to consumption. Thanks !

steve
Depends on a few factors but it mainly has to so with how much healthy yeast is in the bottle it typically takes anywhere from 5 - 14 days. If you aged the beer for an extended period of time it would take much longer but in that case you should add a new yeast at bottling.

If you can get the beer to 70*f, do so. If not 66-68 is certainly sufficient
 
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Hello,

Left in fermentor for 3 weeks and reached correct FG. Bottled with correct amount of bottling sugar added while transferring beer to bottling bucket. Also gave a few very gentle stirs too make sure sugar distributed uniformly. If the fermentation is complete can you be left with too little yeast for carbonation ? Is it okay to add a little yeast to the bottling bucket to make sure there is adequate yeast for carbonation ? Maybe 5 or 6 gm.'s. Thanks all !
 

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Hello,

Left in fermentor for 3 weeks and reached correct FG. Bottled with correct amount of bottling sugar added while transferring beer to bottling bucket. Also gave a few very gentle stirs too make sure sugar distributed uniformly. If the fermentation is complete can you be left with too little yeast for carbonation ? Is it okay to add a little yeast to the bottling bucket to make sure there is adequate yeast for carbonation ? Maybe 5 or 6 gm.'s. Thanks all !
You shouldn't have to add yeast...there's enough residual.
 
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Got it. I'll have to check my notes, maybe not enough bottling sugar. Thanks
 

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Hello,

Left in fermentor for 3 weeks and reached correct FG. Bottled with correct amount of bottling sugar added while transferring beer to bottling bucket. Also gave a few very gentle stirs too make sure sugar distributed uniformly. If the fermentation is complete can you be left with too little yeast for carbonation ? Is it okay to add a little yeast to the bottling bucket to make sure there is adequate yeast for carbonation ? Maybe 5 or 6 gm.'s. Thanks all !
Only time you ever have to add yeast is when it’s genuinely aged. Like 8+ weeks. barely wines, stouts, wilds/Brett’s
 
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They are carbonated, would like just a little more carbonation. Not a big deal ... thx
 

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...Does refrigeration for any particular amount of time add any positive properties to the beer ?
Yes, it will make it drop clear, eventually. You can speed this up by using Irish moss in the boil and/or gelatine fining and cold crashing. Obviously none of this is at all necessary for delicious beer but it does feel good to drink it when it's clear.
 
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