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Offline Kevin

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not ready to give up on flat beer
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:14:02 PM »
I brewed a coffee bourbon porter that failed to carbonate. It’s been a few months but I still have it bottled. It has great flavor so I’m not ready to give up on it yet. Has anyone ever tried to add the brew back to carboy, pitch yeast again, and rebottle?

Offline Bob357

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Re: not ready to give up on flat beer
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2018, 09:31:24 PM »
A number of years ago while still bottling I had a batch that didn't carbonate. I opened each  bottle and dropped a few grains of dry yeast in each bottle. Worked great. That would be a lot better than dumping them back in a bucket and adding yeast and who knows what else.
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Re: not ready to give up on flat beer
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2018, 09:57:56 PM »
That sounds much easier. How long did you let the yeast work before tasting?

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Re: not ready to give up on flat beer
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2018, 10:02:29 PM »
The beer sat at about 70 degrees F for 3 weeks before trying.
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Re: not ready to give up on flat beer
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2018, 10:24:40 PM »
Thanks much!

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Re: not ready to give up on flat beer
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2018, 05:39:31 AM »
I hate to state the obvious, but you could dump all of it in a keg and force carbonate. 
Generally you don't see that kind of behavior in a major appliance.

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Re: not ready to give up on flat beer
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2018, 02:34:22 PM »
I have had good luck with rehydrating a packet of dry yeast (EC-1118 Lalvin) and then using a sanitized syringe, quickly popping open each bottle and carefully injecting a little into each bottle then recapping with fresh caps.

This is all providing that you have added the correct amount of priming sugar already...

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Re: not ready to give up on flat beer
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2018, 02:23:57 AM »
I got good carbonation out of the Muntons carb tabs back when I bottled. They take awhile to break down, it helps to crush them a bit.

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Re: not ready to give up on flat beer
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2018, 05:06:34 AM »
We opened up bottles and dropped a pinch of yeast in each.  Worked fine.  You can also get sugar tabs to drop in if needed.  Be careful with the sugar though.  Don't want overcarbs or explosions.

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Re: not ready to give up on flat beer
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2018, 11:32:47 PM »
To follow up, I added some yeast to each bottle and stored them for four weeks. The beer is carbonated and delicious!  Thanks for the advice!  Cheers!