Irish Blonde Ale w/ low carbonation

I have had my Irish Blonde Ale bottled for two weeks now and I don’t feel the beer is carbonated enough. I made the sugar solution as instructied (2/3 cup of corn sugar w/ 16oz of water per 5 gallons of beer). I completed an Irish Red Ale prior and the carbonation is perfect and great head retention. But this Irish Blonde Ale seems to be a bit under carbonated. For the last week I have been turning the bottles upside down redistributing the yeast into the beer to try and agitate the sugar breakdown.

Just the other day I saw an article where it stated home brewers commonly use 3/4 cup of corn sugar. What do you all use?

I use this website:
http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/recipator/carbonation.html

Be sure to input the beer temp as the highest temp during primary fermentation, not the temp of the beer at bottling time, otherwise you risk under-carbing the beer, particularly if you cold-crash or lagered.

You may need to give it another week or two. I bottled a blonde lager a while ago that was so-so carbonation wise after two weeks, but was great after four.

Purchase a $25-40 digital scale from your local big box (or independent) store. Measuring sugar by volume is not an accurate way of doing it.

Get one that is US and metric.

Also, it may need another week or 2 to reach full carbonation.

[quote=“Nighthawk”]Purchase a $25-40 digital scale from your local big box (or independent) store. Measuring sugar by volume is not an accurate way of doing it.

Get one that is US and metric.

Also, it may need another week or 2 to reach full carbonation.[/quote]

Can you explain this more Nighthawk? I use the weight of the 5gallon brew to determine the amount of sugar needed?

[quote=“lmarkis”][quote=“Nighthawk”]Purchase a $25-40 digital scale from your local big box (or independent) store. Measuring sugar by volume is not an accurate way of doing it.

Get one that is US and metric.

Also, it may need another week or 2 to reach full carbonation.[/quote]

Can you explain this more Nighthawk? I use the weight of the 5gallon brew to determine the amount of sugar needed?[/quote]
You can use the NB priming calculator page to determine how much sugar to use by beer type.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator/

Bottles stored in a cool area?

[quote=“lmarkis”][quote=“Nighthawk”]Purchase a $25-40 digital scale from your local big box (or independent) store. Measuring sugar by volume is not an accurate way of doing it.

Get one that is US and metric.

Also, it may need another week or 2 to reach full carbonation.[/quote]

Can you explain this more Nighthawk? I use the weight of the 5gallon brew to determine the amount of sugar needed?[/quote]

No Sir, use the scale to measure the sugar. Granular size of the sugar will throw off the “volume” measurement. Larger granular measured at 1/2c may be 3oz. Smaller granular measured at 1/2c might be 5 oz. But 1oz is 1oz no matter what size the granules are.

http://www.target.com/p/taylor-stainles ... chen+scale

Something like the above scale. Look for one that measures in oz and grams.

+1 I have also found that you need to weigh out the amount of sugar that you are going to use. I just picked one up on amazon for 12.99 w/ free shipping on prime. Cheers

EDIT: post of link

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009G1MY3A/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Thanks everyone for your insight. After about 4 weeks now the carbonation is right where it needs to be. I’ll post a pick this weekend.