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bluefoxicy

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Post Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:54 pm

How long to carbonate anyway?

A week?

A month?

I bottled beer (3.2% ABV) last week and am considering throwing one in the fridge for an hour and then popping the cap to see if it's ready.
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homebrew_58

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Post Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:01 pm

Re: How long to carbonate anyway?

That sounds like a reasonable plan. If its not up to your liking hold off and try one more next weekend.

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bluefoxicy

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Post Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:14 pm

Re: How long to carbonate anyway?

homebrew_58 wrote:That sounds like a reasonable plan. If its not up to your liking hold off and try one more next weekend.

Kevin


Hmm. Good point.

I keep reading things like "Wait 3 weeks" all over the place, and I'm like, I get CO2 production IMMEDIATELY when I prime (I've completely stopped up the better bottle I use to prime, gave it 20 minutes, and then let the pressure drive the beer out the tap at the bottom for the first few bottles-- there's enough to get a good POP if you yank the cap). Then I see people like "My beer didn't carbonate in the past month!" and another month and they're gold.

It's confusing me.
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Aler at LARGE

Post Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:18 pm

Re: How long to carbonate anyway?

homebrew_58 wrote:That sounds like a reasonable plan. If its not up to your liking hold off and try one more next weekend.

Kevin


+1 I do this periodically, to check carb. levels. When it's to my liking, I swill. usually 10-14days is enough depending on your ambient temp. For bottle conditioning, I have a "warm" room and I get great results.
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Post Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:21 pm

Re: How long to carbonate anyway?

bluefoxicy wrote:I get CO2 production IMMEDIATELY when I prime (I've completely stopped up the better bottle I use to prime, gave it 20 minutes, and then let the pressure drive the beer out the tap at the bottom for the first few bottles-- there's enough to get a good POP if you yank the cap).

I'd guess that's more from nucleation and/or warming the beer than any actual fermentation going on.
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Post Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:39 am

Re: How long to carbonate anyway?

bluefoxicy wrote:A week?

A month?

I bottled beer (3.2% ABV) last week and am considering throwing one in the fridge for an hour and then popping the cap to see if it's ready.


My last lager carbonated nicely at 66 degrees in 10 days
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Post Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:41 am

Re: How long to carbonate anyway?

When I bottle, I take a regular 12 or 16 oz H2O bottle, dump all the H2O out, and fill it 1/3 up with homebrew, and then squeeze all of the air out, cap it tight with it's screw cap.

Toss it on the case it belongs to, and as it carbs up, the bottle fills with air. When it's full, your beer is carbed and ready.

Usually 2 or 3 weeks for me in a 65*-ish degree room.

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