Author Topic: carbonation  (Read 425 times)

Offline trebor

  • 1st Kit
  • *
  • Posts: 4
    • View Profile
carbonation
« on: October 03, 2010, 03:49:40 PM »
My pumpkin ale actually turned out very good with great flavors. It fermented quickly as the temps were in the 70's. But, all went well and I bottled after two weeks. After week three I tried the brew and it was good. After week three I re-tried the brew and it was greater with good head and carbonation. After week four I refrigerated a batch of about 12 bottles and the beer hazed which was fine. The problem was the carbonation disappeared....virtually flat when chilled. I am going to warm some up to see the results. The temp was probably in the low 40's. Too cold?  thanx

Offline tschmidlin

  • I must live here
  • **********
  • Posts: 8195
  • Redmond, WA
    • View Profile
Re: carbonation
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2010, 08:25:03 PM »
The CO2 will stay dissolved in the cold beer better so it could just look like it's less carbonated, but if it's completely flat I think it is more likely that the cold bottles you tested just had a bad seal and were never carbonated in the first place.  I would check some others.
Tom Schmidlin

Offline euge

  • I must live here
  • **********
  • Posts: 7557
  • Estilo Casero
    • View Profile
Re: carbonation
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2010, 10:15:11 AM »
The CO2 will stay dissolved in the cold beer better so it could just look like it's less carbonated, but if it's completely flat I think it is more likely that the cold bottles you tested just had a bad seal and were never carbonated in the first place.  I would check some others.

I suspect ill-fitting caps or a priming issue. Did you use Muntons carbonation drops?
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. -Richard P. Feynman