Carbonation refers to dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) in beer, wine or soda. The container holding the liquid is held under pressure like in a keg or bottle. When the pressure is reduced, the carbon dioxide is released from the beverage as small bubbles.

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How to get the carbonation right in bottled beer

I am really struggling to get the carbonation of my beers right. They either seem to turn out too flat or too carbonated. I take care in calculating the correct amount of bottling sugar for the beer ...
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Beer not carbonating

The IPA I made has been sitting in bottles for 2 weeks around 73-75F and is not carbonating. One thing I did prior to bottling was I cold crashed the secondary for about 1 day to get some floating ...
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How to troubleshoot flat beer?

Since I started brewing in January, every single batch (6 so far) has come out flat. I've had a couple come good after a few months in the back of the garage but for the most part, it's all flat. At ...
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Can I use fructose as a priming sugar and how much should I use?

OK, so I was in the health food shop (again) and couldn't find any corn sugar. However, on a whim I bought some fructose. I am thinking of using it for priming the English ale I have pencilled in to ...
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Three-finger head but tastes flat?

I recently brewed a Belgian Wit extract kit. Bottle conditioned with 5 oz of priming sugar. I'm pretty happy with the taste. With a medium speed pour into a Pilsner glass, the beer develops a ...
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What is the advantage of krausening?

Krausening seems to be a fair bit of work to the homebrewer with very little return. So, what advantages does krausening bring, other than not having to add any additional sugar to the beer for ...
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What causes “rush” carbonation when adding sugar?

I've just been playing with some treatments for an undercarbonated batch in bottles. The beer is slightly carbonated, it bubbles up a little when poured, just builds no head & dissipates ...
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Williams Warn Personal Brewery

I just saw this on Wired.com and wondered what the rest of you thought of it. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/04/the-personal-brewery-is-an-all-in-one-beer-factory/ Some interesting things - ...
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How full can I fill my bottles?

My first few batches of beer have come out quite undercarbonated. I believe because I've been quite cautious about how far I fill my bottles up. This comment backs up my theory. How can I determine ...
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No carbonation in the bottles?

Had to recap my bottles to fill the level up so I didn't have any explode on me. Now they have been sitting for 2 1/2 weeks. Opened one up and there is no carbonation.. is there a way to recarbonate ...
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will i end up with flat beer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: recapping my bottles? Will it ruin the outcome of my beer? I was wondering if my beer will end up flat no carbonation because i ended up recapping the whole batch. I ...
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Does irish moss affect the amount of yeast left at bottling?

I made a brown ale kit and used irish moss in it for the first time. After putting it in I realized that I had misunderstood my LHBS and added 1 tablespoon instead of one teaspoon. I left in primary ...
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Dry Hop Filtering and bottling

This is my first attempt at dry hopping. I added hop pellets directly into the secondary fermenter. They have been in for 1 week and many have settled to the bottom, however there is quite a bit ...
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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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Can I add more yeast during primary fermentation?

I've got a brew that's been on primary fermentation for 10 days and still haven't seen any activity in the airlock (again). Gravity has dropped from 1.040 to 1.014, but I'd still like to raise the ...
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What factors affect carbonation bubble size?

I haven't paid much attention to carbonation up until recently, because my method hasn't changed in the three years I've brewed, and it's perfectly acceptable to me. My friend says that every ...
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How to use a Hambleton Bard s30 cylinder?

I've recently purchased a second hand (hence no instructions) pressure barrel keg that has an s30 adaptor that fits a Hambleton Bard cylinder (which I have also bought). How do I actually use this ...
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Letting the gas out of a keg

I'm new to this homebrewing, made a mistake and wondering the consequences of my actions. I have just completed the first week of fermentation and now have moved over to a plastic keg supplied with ...
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Can I add some water before I bottle?

I'm in the final stages of my very first beer, which is a Belgian wit. Everything has gone great so far, and I will be bottling in just a few days. I have a pretty high alcohol content (around 8.2%, ...
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Why is some of my beer flat (half of the bottles in one of 2 batches done together)?

I brewed and subsequently bottled 2 batches of beer together, following much the same process for cleaning/sanitizing and brewing throughout. When bottling, I bulk primed both batches with a sugar ...
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What is the danger zone for overcarbonating and making bottle bombs?

Just curious how many volumes of CO2 most average beer bottles can hold. Is there a rough number where alarms should start going off? Update -- I'm seeing in different carbonation calculators that ...
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Carbonation Drops vs. Sugar?

I'm brewing my very first batch with an actual kit (I've used Mr. Beer before with decent results and wanted to do it right). I bought a recipe kit from Northern Brewer and I opted for the Cooper's ...
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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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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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Can I naturally carbonate a sweet hard lemonade?

I'm thinking of brewing some hard lemonade, and from what I've read, I'll need to neutralize the yeast with sulfites if I want to prevent it from getting too dry. Will I need to force carbonate after ...
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Nitrogen Widgets in canned beer [closed]

How do those N2 widgets work in cans of beers like guineas, tetleys and Old Speckled Hen? Is the N2 in the widget and released when the can opens, or is the N2 in the beer and the widget helps mix and ...
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Best way to make sparkling cider that approximates store bought ones?

I'm looking for a way to create my own sparkling apple cider that's like the kind bought from the supermarket like Martinelli's sparkling cider as a cheaper alternative. I tried mixing apple cider and ...
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High-gravity beer stored too cold to carbonate during bottle conditioning. How can I carbonate this beer?

I made a strong scotch ale. Bottled it up, 2 weeks later no carbonation. Is there a way to save this batch? OG 1.095, Used Safale US-05, 2 weeks in primary, 6 weeks in secondary, FG 1.030, I ...
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Force “bubblifying” with something other than CO2

I know some people make nitro stouts, but has anybody ever heard of a "whipped cream" stout using nitrous rather than nitro? I think this could be tasty, but I'm not sure of the legality or ...
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Carbonating Kegs In Quantity

Does anyone have any suggestions for how to build a rig to carbonate multiple corny kegs at one time? I currently have a high pressure CO2 line in my beer fridge so that I can carbonate one that is ...
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Do I need to completely fill my keg?

I'd like to make some smaller batches in order to test recipes, but without the hassle of bottling multiple different beers. The whole process of sanitizing and cleaning bottles takes too long if I'm ...
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Bubble, Bubble, Toil = Trouble? Brewing's Carbon Footprint

There's a lot of talk these days about individual carbon footprints, CO2 in the air, and global warming. Knowing that our little friends the yeasts exist basically to turn sugars into CO2 and ...
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Carbonate beer in a plastic keg

I am using a 5Gal plastic keg with a brass valve at the top that takes co2 syphon bulbs. The beer has been in there for about a week and i have used 2 bulbs on it so far, but still has no carbonation ...
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Per-bottle priming tablets?

The "Why is our beer not carbonating?" question mentions "sugar tablets". I am aware of a product called "prime tabs", but as far as I can tell that product is not longer being produced. I have used ...
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How can I make sure my bottle cap is sealed tightly?

I have concerns over why our beers are not carbonating properly. One suggestion was to check and make sure the bottles are sealed properly. What might be a good way to do this?
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Why is our beer not carbonating?

We've made a few batches of beer and our recent batches have not ended up as carbonated as previous. I think the beer has been stored in a cooler place but I'm wondering if that is the only reason. ...
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How can I avoid a lot of foam in the first pint from the keg?

Whenever I go to get a pint from the keg, the first pint is always foamy. I have to fill the glass up about 1/3 of the way and dump it out, just to the pour actual beer. I usually carbonate by ...
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How can I fill bottles from a keg and maintain pressure

I've been kegging for awhile now, but I still haven't managed to successfully fill bottles from my kegs without losing all pressure. I don't have a counter pressure beer filler or a Blichmann Beer ...
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Is there a quicker way to carbonate a corny keg?

Currently, if I want my beer "today" I put the gas into the out tube at the desired target pressure. I then rest the keg on my lap and gently rock it for about 20 mins, until I don't hear any more ...
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Can Star San kill yeast in the secondary carboy?

I've had a little trouble with carbonation after bottle conditioning lately. A few consecutive batches actually. I have started replacing items such as my bottling bucket, hoses and the like. I'm ...
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Should barleywine be carbonated?

I've was introduced to barleywine this past weekend, and I was interested. So I start googling, and find that Northern Brewer has a kit that comes with carbonation. The barleywine I had was ...
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Can I ferment further once the beer is carbonated?

I have an imperial stout in a corny keg, and I'm just not happy with how sweet it is. It's already been carbonated. Can I let it go flat, rack it to a carboy, and throw in some high-gravity or ...
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Checking for CO2 leaks

If you have an at home draft system, how do you check for leaks in the CO2 side of the set up? How often do you need to check for leaks?
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Using force carbing, how long does 5 lbs CO2 last you?

just joined because I'm currently force-carbing a keg downstairs, and i've already gone through about half of a 5 Lb tank. Is this normal? Thanks in advance.
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Under-carbonated bottled beer

I just opened up a couple bottles of a brown ale I just brewed, and there is much less carbonation then I had hoped. The beer was in the primary for a week, secondary for 3 weeks, then primed and ...
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Dispensing beers at two different pressures?

I'm working on getting a dual-tap kegerator. Is it worth it to pay the extra to dispense two beers at two different pressures? I can see dispensing a low-carbonation ESB and a high-carbonation ...
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How does the carbonation method affect shelf life?

I've been reading some forums on probrewer.com, and there seems to be a consensus that bottle conditioned beer lasts longer than force carbonated beer. Why would that be?
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How much yeast to add back after extended lagering?

If after an extended lagering period there is fear of not having enough healthy yeast available for carbonation, how much yeast should be added back? What is the easiest form to use, dry or liquid?
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Over-carbonating in the bottle

I've had a few batches get a little too carbonated in the bottle. Currently, I have a delicious stout that fills two glasses on pour, and needs some time to settle down. That is, of course, if you ...
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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 ...