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Offline glenholster

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Carbonation
« on: April 02, 2013, 02:17:58 PM »
I'm a newbie with a question on carbonation. My first brew, an American IPA, sat in the bottle for about two weeks before refrigerating and I had great carbonation and an overall good beer. My second batch, a Fat Tire clone, was bottled for a week and I decided to crack open a bottle to test it following a day in the frig (just for this one bottle). Almost NO carbonation, very flat. Am I in trouble with this brew or simply impatient?

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Re: Carbonation
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2013, 02:19:39 PM »
RDWHAHB-unless you are out of IPA......

Too early.  Give it another week at room temp.
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Re: Carbonation
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2013, 02:20:01 PM »
I'd say impatient, but it's too early to say.  Give it another week or two, then check again.
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2013, 07:00:55 PM »
2-3 weeks at 70f is a good place to start, if not done then add a week.

Assuming you primed properly bottle carbonating/conditioning is a pretty fool proof process and only requires time and temp to do its job.

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Re: Carbonation
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2013, 07:35:43 PM »
Trouble? Other than it probably tasting like Fat Tire?  :o

Give it another couple of weeks to finish carbing and you should be fine.

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Re: Carbonation
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2013, 04:32:55 AM »
And more importantly - Welcome to the forum and the hobby/lifestyle/obsession.  Soon you will be asking about exotic hop varieties and water balances.  And the answers will be here!
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Re: Carbonation
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2013, 05:30:28 AM »
I thought the same thing when we sampled a bottle of our Pliny clone after 10 days....no carbonation at all.  Let it sit for 2 more weeks and voila.  I'm learning too and learning patience is on that same list.

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Re: Carbonation
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2013, 06:25:32 AM »
I'd say impatient, but it's too early to say.  Give it another week or two, then check again.

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Re: Carbonation
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2013, 07:07:08 AM »
My first lager was bottle conditioned. After a month, flat. 2 months, flat. I contemplated opening each bottle, dosing with fresh yeast and recapping. Instead I put all 4 cases in the corner and forgot about them. After 5 months I popped one open and it was perfect. It even placed in a competition. Probably an extreme example though. 3 or 4 weeks should be plenty.