The change in characteristics and carbonation of beer due to the presence of live yeast in the bottle.

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Can I cold condition outdoors?

I live in an apartment with a tiny fridge and I cannot afford to use all the space for beer bottles. The average daily high temperature in the region is 6 deg C (42F) while the lows drop down to 1C ...
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Left bottles in car overnight - am I screwed?

Last night I bottled an extract kit with a friend, divided bottles, drove home, and left them in the car overnight 6pm to 6am. It got down to 5 degrees F, but the beer did not get cold enough to ...
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Is it a bad idea to agitate beer a few days after bottling?

I just bottled a porter which had been in the fermenter for almost a month. I allowed myself a taste un-carbonated, and while I don't want to count my chickens before they've hatched, I'm very excited ...
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First Batch Bottle Exploded

I'm in the bottling phase with my first batch of beer. Came home last night and one of the bottles had exploded. The beer spent 7 days in the primary fermenter and hit the target gravity per the ...
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Bottling high gravity FG barley wine

My situation is similar to, but more extreme than: Brewed an Oatmeal Stout and the gravity did not drop as much as predicted, should I re-pitch or add yeast nutrients/energizer? Didn't reach ...
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Bottles didn't carbonate, anything I can do?

Brewed an Oatmeal Stout and it has been in bottles for about 4 weeks now and still the bottles haven't carbonated. Tried the first bottle after 2 weeks and it was very flat. Now I just opened one ...
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Kegging Vs Bottling in regards to Conditioning

I recently started kegging, roughly 6 batches ago. Initially I would keg two batches and place them in the refridgerator, waiting two weeks for them to carbonate "naturally" (as opposed to "forced" ...
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Bottling from secondary (keg). Wait two weeks and prime or now?

I'm brewing my 1st kit which my gf got from a local hardware store (ironically there's a home brew store not 5 mins away sigh) but wasn't a cheap one. ...
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Bottle Conditioned Infographic

I have a few brews that a friend wants to try, and in the interest of safety, it's probably best I send them home with the brews rather than letting them drive home afterwards. I'd like to send the ...
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Should I shake bottles during conditioning?

I've got a batch of beer which was bottled last Saturday and a friend insisted I should shake them to assist in the conditioning. He couldn't offer any particular reason, so I was curious if/when it ...
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After a beer reaches it's final gravity, how long does the conditioning step take?

I have been in the habit of leaving my beers in their primary fermenter for three weeks across the board, which is a significant amount of time longer than their primary fermentation usually takes. My ...
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Will refrigeration help carbonate my beer?

After two weeks of bottle conditioning at about 55-60°F (13-16°C), my beer is still a bit flat. I put a few in the fridge and after 2 days, they tasted just as flat. At this point, what should I do? ...
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Bottle conditioning

More reading - this time about bottle conditioning. If my yeast attenuation level is say 80%, does that mean there would be enough sugars in the bottle for the yeast to carb the beer? Or would priming ...
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Yeast “cake” after bottling

I recently bottled this recipe, last Sunday (2014-03-09). I popped one open today, and it is damn tasty, and even decently carbed after less than a week. However, all the bottles have about a half ...
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Is there anyway to tell if a glass bottle of beer is carbonated without opening it?

It would be great if I didn't have to ruin a bottle of beer by opening it to test to see if it carbonated. Is there any way to tell?
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Do I Always need to add Sugar when bottling?

I'm doing my second brew after great success with the well documented Brooklyn Brewshop Everyday IPA. This time is the exact opposite, random recipe and random grains. I went to a brew shop and had ...
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Bottled and right into the fridge

I added sugar, bottled, then put them into the fridge instead of leaving them at 68-76 degrees for a week. What should I do now, or is it too late to save the batch?
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Should I see bubbles in an opened bottle when carbonating by bottle conditioning?

I have been bottle carbonating for the last 10 days. The temperature has been fairly consistent, between 17 - 20. I can see a little sediment, which suggests fermentation, but I can't see any bubbles, ...
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Storing bottle conditioned beers and carbonation.

I store all my beer at 55 degrees. Do I need to worry about the beers that are bottle conditioned not being carbonated, or not being at the proper carbonation level? Should they already be carbonated ...
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Longer time on yeast for a bigger beer?

I ferment all my beers single stage in a glass carboy immersed in a water bath to maintain temperature. This is the first time I've made a bigger beer (this one started at 1.080) on this system. I ...
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Testing Bottling Carbonation

So, I bottled 6 days ago. I'm a little impatient, and want to see how my carbonation is going. What can I expect if I pop one open today? I haven't noticed any difference in the beer in the bottle, ...
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What is Disgorging or Dégorgement?

What is Disgorging and how is it performed on fizzy wine? I have heard it is a part of the process to make champagne.
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Cold Crashing in the bottle?

Is it possible or advantageous to cold crash after bottling? I am aftaid if I cold crash for 2-3 weeks before I bottle that all the yeast will settle out and I wont have any to provide carbonation ...
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Expect the Unexpected: How can I prepare for bottle-bombs?

Just had my first explosion last night. Very disheartening to discover a 22oz bottle spread all over the basement floor with little tiny shards of glass splattered everywhere. I remember overfilling ...
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Is this a sign of improper carbonation or improper bottling?

This is a story of two very different pours from the same batch. TL;DR: the first bottle was foamy and very carbonated, the second was normal, but the first bottle went flat and was cloudy, while the ...
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Can I condition in growlers?

I read up a decent amount on conditioning in growlers before attempting it. I wanted to share my experience and see if others had had similar experiences. The thinking, of course, is to minimize ...
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Why does my witbier stink?

I've searched far and wide and can't find a good answer. Seems to be a lot of talk about the sulphur smell I noticed during fermentation, but this is a bit different. Brewed this masterpiece up and ...
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Lagering (Secondary to Bottling to Lagering)

So I recently bottled a pilsner recipe after a drop from 1.061 to 1.011 specific gravity (over 6% ABV potential), and my recipe instructions called for 7-10 days at room temperature (since they've ...
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Using juice as bottling sugar

So, I have brewed a big batch of kombucha. Normally, the original gravity is 1.020. But this time, I created a 1.016 batch. After nine days, the gravity went to 1.014 and the pH to 3.4. The ...
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Over carbonated what went wrong? Detailed

I realize this question has been asked a few times, however, I'm curious as to where I specifically went wrong with my batch. I can't seem to pin point it. I brewed a batch of IPA that tasted amazing ...
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Does temperature during bottle conditioning effect the flavour?

I made a Weis beer and my primary fermentation temp was 19C. After 2 weeks I mixed priming sugar into my beer and bottled it. I then conditioned the bottles for a week at 21C. I know when in primary ...
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What is the right amount of priming sugar for a bottle with expandable head space?

When bottling in plastic (PET) bottles, it is possible to eliminate oxygen from the bottle by squeezing the bottle. Below is a 3 liter bottle with only one liter of beer in it: I have done this ...
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Does Low-Attenuated Wort due to Low Temperature have a Higher Propensity to Bottle-Bomb while Bottle Conditioning at a Higher Temperature?

I bottle condition underwater with frozen water bottles to keep the temperature down. I probably bottle conditioned my last batch of beer beneath 60*F, and it didn't carbonate all that well, or at ...
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Why is there so much foam when I open the bottle?

I have a batch of beer, fermented and then bottled. When I open the bottle, there is a lot of foam and it flows out of the bottle for a while. What could cause this? I assume it's too much CO2 and ...
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Refrigerated bottles when they were not finished bottle conditioning

I had three more days of bottle-conditioning to go on one batch of beer, yet I accidentally put them all in the refrigerator instead of a different batch that was finished. Can I just pull them out ...
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How long should I leave my wheat beer in bottles before opening

So far the beer has been in primary fermentation for 11 days, and in bottles now for 4 days. When would you expect the beer would hit optimum flavor and when will it be drinkable/pleasant? Thanks.
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Flat beer. Not enough priming sugar?

I'm new to this blog and brewing. Recently i put down my first Coopers Real Ale. All went well, great flavor but flat to very slight carbonation in bottles. 1.5 tsp in 1250ml and .5 tsp in 750ml ...
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My bottles are Conditioning underwater. Why are there bubbles on the caps on day 2 but not day 0 through 1?

On Sunday (day 0) I bottled beer for the first time (with my first batch). I asked my brother how I could determine whether or not I successfully locked the caps onto the bottles to make them ...
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bottles not fermented after 3 weeks of conditioning. Good or bad?

It's been three weeks, and my impatience has had me crack one bottle on days 7, 14, and now 20. There's no carbonation in these bottles, and it doesn't appear to be getting any better over the weeks. ...
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How to improve freshness bottled beer?

I'm getting some sour flavors and off-aromas in my bottled beer when they have more of one month in bottle. When the beers are young, they taste really good with full aromas, but even if I stored all ...
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How long must an ale be conditioned in bottles outside of the fridgerator?

I bottled my first batch of beer 72 hours ago. I am under the impression that bottled beer should not immediately be placed in the refrigerator, as this would prevent the remaining yeast from ...
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Priming sugar/drop mixing worry, in a test bottling

I'm preparing to bottle a 30 pint batch of Ginger Beer. It started at 1.041 and has finished at a steady 1.008 after 2 weeks or so. I siphoned one bottle's worth earlier into a 500ml flip-top, and ...
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Inconsistent flavor between my bottles

I bottled my second batch of beer, a nut brown ale recipe from northern brewer. I added coffee to the secondary, and my first bottle I had after 2 weeks bottle conditioning tasted like a nice coffee ...
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Beer not carbonating

I'm having issues with my Belgian Tripel not carbonating. There is a small amount of sediment in the bottles, and I get a hiss when they're opened, but that's about it. It's gotten cold in Virginia ...
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Can I bottle condition / carbonate my Hefeweizen at “room” temperature (74-78 degrees)?

My first brew is almost ready for bottling. Winter is pretty much non-existent where I live, so "room temperature" is typically between 74°F and 78°F (23°c to 26°c). I was planning to leave the ...
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Is this fluorescent light harming my beers during bottle conditioning and storage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How much light is too much light? I've read most of the posts about skunking and fluorescent lights, and from what I can tell it would take quite a bit of light to skunk ...
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Creating a priming solution

I normally have more beer coming out of the fermenter than fits in my kegs, so I wish to bottle the excess. Since I will be force carbonating the contents of the keg, I do not wish to prime the whole ...
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Batch not carbonated/off flavor a week after bottling

What does a home brew taste like if it is contaminated? I just bought a home brew kit about a month ago that came with a recipe for an Irish Red Ale. My beer has been bottled now for a week and upon ...
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What is causing a bad flavor after cold conditioning?

I've had something happen to a couple batches and can't figure out what's going on. What happens is a major flavor change after the first two weeks of primary, but for the worse. Normally my beers ...