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Will the carbonation perk up?

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northarrow:
I brewed an extract kit from NB a few weeks ago and bottled it a little over a week ago.  I popped open a trial at one week in the bottle and it barely had any carbonation.  I’m hoping that it just wasn’t mature enough at one week, and that it will gradually get better.  I followed the recommended 2/3 c of the supplied dextrose at bottling time, which wasn’t the entire 5 oz. package contents that was included with the kit.  I normally chuck the entire package in my other brews, with good results.  But whatever reason, I did what the directions recommended.

Is it a dog that won’t hunt at this point?

redbeerman:
One week is not long enough for a beer to carbonate in a bottle at room temperature.  At two weeks it may be most of the way there.  Probably best after three.

davidgzach:

--- Quote from: redbeerman on January 10, 2013, 11:06:29 AM ---One week is not long enough for a beer to carbonate in a bottle at room temperature.  At two weeks it may be most of the way there.  Probably best after three.

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+1.  Give it at least another week.

tschmidlin:
Yes, and make sure it is ~70F+ too.

alcaponejunior:

--- Quote from: tschmidlin on January 10, 2013, 11:37:37 AM ---Yes, and make sure it is ~70F+ too.

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This.  Plus wait at least another week before testing another bottle.  And if you're in a hurry to drink your beers, use the full 5 oz corn sugar per 5 gallons.  This may result in over-carbonation though if they sit for several months.

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