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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Caps
« on: September 03, 2010, 08:50:53 AM »
The oxygen barrier caps I used did seem to cap or seal differently on the same bottles I always use. When I open a bottle, there is a very small release of co2 (hiss), and there is very little activity in the glass, just by monitoring small bubbles going from the bottom of the glass to the top, but no head whatsoever. The taste is nearly flat from the lack of normal carbonation,but it does taste a little sweeter than it did prior to bottling. No off flavors have developed.

The abv measured between 8 and 9%. I had it in the secondary fermenter for 6 weeks. For the priming sugar, I used 2/3 cup of dextrose. I've never added yeast at bottling time, does this improve carbonation for higher alcohol beers?

Seems like I have a possible combination of problems?

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Kegging and Bottling / Bottle Caps
« on: September 03, 2010, 07:45:30 AM »
Hello fellow Homebrewers!

I've got an interesting question regarding bottle cap differences and a 5 gallon batch of Double IPA in limbo already bottled. Here's the deal, somehow without me realizing, I ordered Oxygen Barrier caps for this batch of ale I brewed versus the normal Oxygen Absorbing caps. After waiting about three weeks for bottle conditioning, I tested a couple and barely any CO2 developed. Although a very good Ale, the carbonation was just not there. I waited a few more weeks and tested again, still no improvement. I know I double checked the amount of corn sugar used, gently stirred the fermented wort and bottled properly.

Because I used Oxygen barrier caps, would this prevent carbonation from occurring in the bottles? Can I save what I left in my bottles by switching caps to oxygen absorbing caps and see if it will still carbonate, or will I risk contamination? Or lastly,is it too late and should I....gulp....send the batch to a recycle bin?

Another interesting question, in what instances would one use Oxygen barrier caps if it prevents carbonation by not allowing oxygen to help assist with the conversion?

Regards,
Keith

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