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Offline Oddball

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Bottle Carbonating
« on: September 01, 2014, 05:05:25 PM »
Hey guys,

Just finished brewing my first beer this weekend, and my wife and I were pretty astounded at how well the flavour turned out. However, i primed the bottling bucket before bottling, and when we tried one later that day the beer was still flat. How long does it usually take for carbonation to build in a bottle. Thanks

Offline Scott Ickes

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Re: Bottle Carbonating
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2014, 06:00:26 PM »
You need to give it at least two weeks.  I don't even touch mine for about a month.
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Re: Bottle Carbonating
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2014, 06:16:17 PM »
Did you give the beer any time in the fermenter?  If you brewed and bottled the same batch in the same day you will not really have beer.
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Re: Bottle Carbonating
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2014, 08:09:49 PM »
Did you give the beer any time in the fermenter?  If you brewed and bottled the same batch in the same day you will not really have beer.

That's a good point.  I assumed he had added yeast and let it ferment out.  However, he did say he bottled it right after brewing, so ......  I'm not sure what he did.
Kegs:
 Red IPA
 ESB
 Saison Solera
 Dubel (Aged in Malbec Wine Barrel
Aging:
 80 Shilling (In bourbon barrel)
Bottled
 Peppermint Patty Stout
 Wee Heavy

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Re: Bottle Carbonating
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2014, 09:00:06 PM »
Did you give the beer any time in the fermenter?  If you brewed and bottled the same batch in the same day you will not really have beer.

That's a good point.  I assumed he had added yeast and let it ferment out.  However, he did say he bottled it right after brewing, so ......  I'm not sure what he did.

Sorry for the lack of details. It was finished fermenting, i had primed it in the bottling bucket, bottled it, and then taste tested one of the bottles later that day.

2 weeks is probably the answer i was looking for. Although i thought the yeast would start eating the sugar faster then that....

Thanks for the help

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Re: Bottle Carbonating
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2014, 11:41:03 PM »
Even if the yeast rip through the sugar in the beer in a day, it won't carbonate immediately.

How it works is the yeast consume the bottling sugar and turn it into mostly alcohol and carbon dioxide.  The carbon dioxide doesn't go straight into solution in the beer.  It goes to the head space first.  Then as more CO2 is generated by the yeast, the CO2 in the headspace starts to slowly diffuse into the beer.  The process takes a minimum of two weeks to create the bubbles we want in our carbonated beer.  If you give it even more time, the bubbles eventually become a nice silky head.  If you drink it too early, it's more fizzy with larger bubbles that dissipate quickly. 

The key is patience!
Kegs:
 Red IPA
 ESB
 Saison Solera
 Dubel (Aged in Malbec Wine Barrel
Aging:
 80 Shilling (In bourbon barrel)
Bottled
 Peppermint Patty Stout
 Wee Heavy

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https://creativebrewing.wordpress.com

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Re: Bottle Carbonating
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2014, 06:53:36 AM »
Ok! Thanks Scott!

Also, i didn't realize that time would affect the head as well, but that makes sense. So hard to be patient with it sitting there...

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Re: Bottle Carbonating
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2014, 10:25:23 AM »
If lack of patience is an issue, consider kegging.  I did not want to get into big Kegging op so I went the mini Keg (5L) route.  I keg 1-2 kegs or have a batch and then bottle the rest in litres and pints growlers.  The CO2 bottle on my kegerator (Avanti) has the keg ready next day.  If I used little CO2 cartridges (and I don't) it would require bottling sugar in kegs as well.

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Re: Bottle Carbonating
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2014, 11:09:00 AM »
If lack of patience is an issue, consider kegging.  I did not want to get into big Kegging op so I went the mini Keg (5L) route.  I keg 1-2 kegs or have a batch and then bottle the rest in litres and pints growlers.  The CO2 bottle on my kegerator (Avanti) has the keg ready next day.  If I used little CO2 cartridges (and I don't) it would require bottling sugar in kegs as well.

Ya, I was just looking into corny kegs actually earlier today. I would like to definetly go that route at some point. Is there any advantage between regular and corny kegs?

 

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