I don't mean to imply by my posts above that these bottles will be terrible. Personally, I wouldn't drink them before they are fully carbonated.Damn, okay. I have read some threads on this particular situation and have found mixed opinions. I wonder if a week at room temperature(72 degrees) then putting them in the fridge to drink would be the solution then.
Okay, That’s a good idea. Thanks for the inputI’d pop one in the fridge for several hours at a week and a half to test it out. If its not fully carbed, wait another 3-4 days and retest.
If your using a bottle filler, bring the beer all the way to the top before pulling out the filler. The volume displaced by the filler tube should leave about a 1/2-3/4” of an inch.
Okay, Thanks for the info Next time I will for sure leave less head spaceYou're leaving about twice the headspace that I normally do but I sometimes have a half full bottle as I get to the end of the bottling. I don't leave that bottle sit on the shelf for long but I haven't noticed any off flavor from oxidation. I do notice a lot of CO2 escaping that half full bottle when I open it.
If you use a bottling wand for filling and fill the bottles clear to the top (some of mine spill over a little) you will have the right amount of headspace left.
I did use a bottling wand. I thought about doing that but I wasn’t sure if that was a good idea.Did you use a bottling wand/tube when filling those bottles?
The one in the back, on the right, looks filled to about the correct height.
How about topping the others up from the partial bottle? Just carefully and slowly pour.
Based on that thread I started filling my bottles almost completely full for the last few batches. I think it helps, but I haven't tried a side-by-side taste test. There doesn't seem to be any down side that I can tell. I just make sure to leave a little (maybe 1/2") headspace to allow for thermal expansion of the liquid.I'd recommend reading this thread. It's long, but informative.