Brew day went very well for this one, no boilover, cooled wort in under 10 minutes. No issues. Had in primary for 8 days, then secondary for 7. OG 1.042, at secondary 1.009, at bottling 1.006. Came out very clear and tasty. 8 days in the bottle, absolutely no carbonation, tastes very good but totally flat. Used 5oz priming sugar from NB for batch, got 48 bottles out of the batch. Bottle conditioned at 70-72 whole time. Fermented a bit high at 70-74ish during active fermentation. Secondary at 70.
Don’t appear to have any issues w/ bottle cap seals. Bottles were cleaned using near boiling water, scrubbed w/ bottling brush, baked at 285F for 3 hours and then covered tops in aluminum foil until use. Never used any soap, star san, or anything on the bottles. Fermentor and secondary only star san. All fairly new equipment and haven’t had any gunk built up or left in any equipment, I clean immediately after emptying via scrubbing and star san.
Not sure what to make of it. Some reviewers of this beer stated carbonated w/ good head at the 4-7 day mark. I don’t expect it to be fully carbed in 7 days, but would have expected at least a little carbonation. I did notice what I perceive to be a smaller amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottles compared to the other beers I’ve brewed.
Is it possible I had too much yeast fall out of suspension? I can’t really taste the priming sugar (I drank the very bottom of my bottling bucket so I have an idea of what it tasted like w/ the sugar added). Most of my other beers have come out fine w/ good head except one batch - the AK47 extract kit from NB seemed to also have low carbonation, but far better than this one. Both of these kits seem to have relatively low alchohol content, is that somehow affecting the carb level?
Any insights would be appreciated. I am going to let it sit for another week and sample, but I suspect the issue will still be present.