No Carbonation...

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No Carbonation...

Postby MrDanders » Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:16 pm

Well...I bottled a beauty of an ESB and am having squirrelly carbonation issues:

First, after a week resting at about 62
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Postby wottaguy » Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:50 pm

I think I would wait at least 2 more weeks then try one again. You should see a big improvement. Keep the bottles around 70 degF too. I've had some ales do the same thing and actually had to wait around 6 weeks until they were actually done. Speaking of ESB...I think I have some somewhere...hummm...gotta go get it!
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Postby MrDanders » Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:26 pm

Thanks, Wottaguy. I will TRY to be patient...
(but the problem is that the stuff tasted so !@#$ good! It was a real hit of a recipe)

I'll give it a while.

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Postby billd220 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:54 pm

I too get very impatient. I would keep waiting though. I've had beer that was carbonated in just over a week,however, one that i made last summer didn't seem to carbonate even 2-3 weeks after bottling. I thought i must have done something wrong then several weeks later i tried it again just out of curiosity and it was perfectly carbonated.

As they say....Dont worry.
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It Worked!

Postby MrDanders » Sat Mar 24, 2007 1:22 pm

Just wanted to say thanks and let you know the ESB turned out GREAT! You wrote to me on the Hop VIne forum about leaving my ESB in the bottle a couple more weeks before testing again -- (there was no carbonation after the first week.)

Well -- I just opened her up after waiting 2 full weeks more -- per your suggestion -- and she is a beauty. Perfect carbonation -- A thick creamy head rises on the pour but subsides quickly to a simple, thin cap. There is just the right amount of carbonation in the brew itself for an ESB style.

And this particular batch is just terrifc in taste -- Best thing I ever brewed!

Thanks again!

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