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Offline Calinthalus

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High Gravity Won't Carb
« on: September 15, 2017, 03:57:31 AM »
I brewed a modified Raison d'Etre beer back in June.  OG was 1.080, FG was 1.017.  This was my first attempt at a higher gravity beer.  The yeast I used was WLP510 using two starters.

It was bottled on July 9th with 4.5oz of corn sugar for roughly 4.5 gallons of beer.  So far, I've opened 5 bottles and all of them are pretty much carb free.  I get a tiny little head on pour and there is some pressure on opening, but no active bubbles after pouring.

I'm thinking about opening all I have left and pouring it in a bottle bucket with some more sugar and rebottling.  But maybe my yeast is dead?  I have some wine yeast, or some US04 and US05 just laying around.  But, will that result in a case and a half of broken bottles?  Or will the act of pouring it all out oxidate it beyond measure?

Any advice?

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Re: High Gravity Won't Carb
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2017, 04:20:57 AM »
I had a BDSA that didn't carb for me at first. I took each bottle and turned it upside down and then back real quick to sort of rouse the yeast. I did that 3 or 4 times over 2 or 3 weeks and they eventually carbed up.

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Re: High Gravity Won't Carb
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2017, 05:38:03 AM »
About a week ago, I went through and turned all the bottles upside down and left them there for a day, then gave them a gentle shake and put them right side up.  I put one in the fridge two days ago and was going to open tonight.  If that worked, I'll have asked a useless question I guess.  If it didn't, I'm not sure what to do.

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Re: High Gravity Won't Carb
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2017, 08:21:59 AM »
Sounds like a good reason to consider kegging, at least for the big ones.
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Re: High Gravity Won't Carb
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2017, 08:01:37 AM »
Honestly, as big a house as I have, I just don't have the space for kegging at the moment.  At least not for serving.  I don't even have great temp control for my fermentation (I have one of those cooler bags).