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Dec
5
comment Possible Stuck Fermentation
This ia an extract brew w/sp. grain, no mash involved. Temp was in 68-72 range when most active. I roused the yeast and raised the temp some last night, hoping this may get it going again, before I try anything more drastic. Thanks.
Dec
4
comment Possible Stuck Fermentation
Yes I did make a starter and it definately took off fermenting from the beginning. I can attempt making another starter with the yeast I have. Do you think this will help?
Nov
9
comment Yeast Starter with Corn Sugar?
Thanks for the response.
Sep
18
comment Beer not carbonating
Just to follow up w/Everyone. About 2 weeks after I added yeast and recapped it finally started to carb. In fact it came out great and only got better with age. I did get some visible bacteria in a handful of bottles (shown on neck, not in the beer itself). I drank them as well and haven't really noticed any significant off flavors. I really believe in this case the yeast was just spent. I don't believe this batch would have carbed without adding the yeast. That being said I definately would not do this regularly and think it is definately a case by case scenario. Thnx all for the help.
Jul
21
comment Beer not carbonating
So last night I uncapped the bottles and added a few grains of dry yeast (safale-05) to them and recapped. I inverted them gently to mix. I noticed immediately some foam forming at the top of the beer in the bottles, so it appears to be working. I hope this does the trick. There definately was some co2 in the bottles when I uncapped them, though none seemed to give off an impressive sound when uncapping. I do have two swing top 2L growlers filled that seemed to be slightly more carbonated than the bottles. Anyway hopefully this will work, and I haven't negatively effected the beer.
Jul
20
comment Beer not carbonating
So 1 week later it is still completely flat. I think I am going to try and uncap the bottles, add a few grains of dry yeast (safale-05), and recap. I am considering adding a small amount of priming sugar to each bottle as well, though I'm concerned this may create "bottle bombs". Originally I did add a litle more than 2/3 cup priming sugar solution to the bottling bucket. Anyone have any opinions on whether it is advisable to add a small amount of priming sugar to bottles at this point along with the yeast? @graham.
Jul
20
comment Beer not carbonating
So 1 week later it is still completely flat. I think I am going to try and uncap the bottles, add a few grains of dry yeast (safale-05), and recap. I am considering adding a small amount of priming sugar to each bottle as well, though I'm concerned this may create "bottle bombs". Originally I did add a litle more than 2/3 cup priming sugar solution to the bottling bucket. Anyone have any opinions on whether it is advisable to add a small amount of priming sugar to bottles at this point along with the yeast? @pjreddie?
Jul
20
comment Beer not carbonating
Ok so I roused the yeast and put the bottles in a slightly warmer area for another week. I tried one after a week and it is still completely flat. I think I am going to try and uncap the bottles, add a few grains of dry yeast (safale-05), and recap. I am considering adding a small amount of priming sugar to each bottle as well, though I'm concerned this may create "bottle bombs". Originally I did add a litle more than 2/3 cup priming sugar solution to the bottling bucket. Anyone have any opinions on whether it is advisable to add a small amount of priming sugar to bottles at this point along w
Jul
12
comment Beer not carbonating
So for now I moved the bottles to a slightly warmer location 75-78F and gently roused the yeast in them. I'll check one in a few days and see if it appears to be carbonating. I wouldn't be as concerned, except the 2 bottles I sampled seemed to be completely flat, not even slightly carbonated. Opening the cap let out a pathetic pft. No head on the pour and no bubbles in the drink.
Jul
12
comment Beer not carbonating
Primary - 8 days, Secondary - 15 days, Bottles - 2 weeks. Yeast - Wyeast1056 American w/a starter resulted in a very vigorous fermentaiton. OG approx 1072, FG approx 1012-1014 (looking back at calcs it is closer to 7.6-7.8% ABV).
Jul
12
comment Beer not carbonating
Thanks for the answer. I used btwn 2/3 to 3/4 cup of priming sugar. The ABV is kind of high. I meant for it to be around 9-10%, but was off on my OG and it is closer to 7.8-8% (FG around 1012-1014). Could this affect the rate of carbonation? I just moved the bottles to a warmer area 75-78F, maybe this will help, I don't want it to be too warm though.
Jun
8
comment Undershot OG with extract brewing
The gravity reading was 1070 @74F - which should put it around 1072. I stirred the topped off wort pretty well to aerate it, I would think this would have mixed it fine. After all when doing a partial boil you add 2-3 gallons of water, mix with the same method and that works
Jun
8
comment Undershot OG with extract brewing
The gravity reading was 1070 @74F - which should put it around 1072.
Mar
30
comment Dry Hop Filtering and bottling
Great, thanks for all the good advice.
Mar
27
comment Dry Hop Filtering and bottling
Great, thanks for the quick answer.