Questions tagged [carbonation]

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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What possible reasons cause a (pale) beer to fail to carbonate in the bottle

tl;dr: Almost half of my pale beers have trouble carbonating in the bottle, being almost uncarbonated after 2 weeks I don't think I have ever had this issue with a dark ale or porter. Details I've ...
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Not homebrewing, but I need help bottling for medical issues

I’m not home brewing anything but I recently got some swing top glass bottles with the idea that I could put my store bought sodas in them. I have many medical issues & one of them causes chronic ...
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Any way to carbonate a keg without opening it and without a regulator?

I have a 19L corny keg full of NEIPA that I wanted to force carb and get drinking quickly. After cooling the keg to 6 degrees I gave it an initial blast of CO2 to 30 psi. As I was shaking the keg, I ...
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How to carbonate and bottle non-alcoholic soda

For the last year, I've been making a lot of syrups. Usually I keep the syrups in the fridge and add carbonated water to it whenever I want to drink it. But now I'd like to make a bigger batch and ...
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Flat beer after bottling

After 6 weeks in bottles my doppel bock is flat. Do I dump this batch and start over, or is there a way to salvage it?
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Is one volume of Co2 one point of ABV?

So, I'm bottle conditioning. Went back to my high school days to compute the grams of sugar I need to add to get a specific volume of CO2 per gallon (because I do such small batches). What I'm ...
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Lack of fermentation after racking to secondary

After 3 weeks in fermenter, doppel bock went from O.G. 1.067 to 1.013, still bubbling occasionally, but not changing. However, after racking to secondary I see no fermentation or bubbling and wonder ...
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How do counter pressure bottle fill PET bottles with a stainless carbonation cap

I'm looking at purchasing a stainless steel carbonation cap. E.g. https://www.homebrewfinds.com/2018/12/hands-on-review-ferroday-stainless-steel-carbonation-cap-for-pet-bottles-draft-line-cleaning-...
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Can Bottles be Pasteurized Lying on Their Sides?

I want to bottle a sweet cider with carbonation. In every process to achieve this one step is to pasteurize the bottles in a pot of hot water, kept to a specific temperature after the bottles have the ...
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new CO2 leak at regulator connection

I had to exchange my first CO2 tank and when I went to connect the regulator to the new tank I am able to screw it on but there is still a leak from the connection not matter the tightness. Is this ...
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When do you refrigerate your ginger beer?

The standard instructions are: Make your bug; brew your sweet ginger 'tea'; cool; add bug to your tea, and bottle for second fermentation; let ferment, at room temperature, to your desired level, ...
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How long does CO2 carbonation take for 5 gallon tank at 10psi?

I have a 5 gallon keg that I have filled with approximately 4 gallons of liquid. The keg has an inlet and outlet fitting for gas carbonation. The inlet fitting is shallow and the outlet fitting goes ...
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CO2 regulator dials

I'm finally getting back into brewing. I'm using a keg my daughter bought me, and I have the CO2 tank. At one point, I bought this regulator. But the numbers on the dials don't seem to make any ...
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I'm cold-crashing in a corny keg, in a fridge. I want to take some away in bottles in about 48 hours. Can I carbonate it at the same time?

So, i've done a few brews before (brew in a bag) but this is my first since getting a fridge and a corny keg. My beer has finished fermenting, and I've transferred it (minus the bottom gallon or so ...
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Increase carbonation in home brewed beer?

I am very new to home brewing. I have finished making my first batch of DME beer. Although during bottle conditioning I could see enough CO2 bubbles getting generated, upon opening the bottles after ...
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How can I rebottle my kombucha without losing carbonation?

I've been giving brewing my own kombucha a try, following this guide. It's been going well, and I've made it all the way through my first batch! \o/ The one bit where I differed from the guide was in ...
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Hard Cider causing burning stomach sensation

I only recently started making hard cider at home. My problem is that it causes a uncomfortable burning sensation in my stomach after two or so drinks. I am using about 5g of yeast and 1.5kg sugar on ...
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Carbonating pasteurized cider ... experimenters?

I've made a few batches of hard cider but now wanting to do something different. When I was a kid the neighbors gave us fresh pressed apple cider and if we didn't drink it right away it would turn ...
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Regulator not fitting CO2 tank

I recently started gathering equipment for home water carbonation and collected my CO2 tank today to find the regulator I purchased does not fit it. I am based in Ireland, here is the regulator I ...
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Re-Carbonating bottles in case bottles loose CO2

A friend of mine used plastic bottles with plastic caps (like coke bottles) for bottling. He used sugar (Granulated Sugar of Sugar Beet) for priming. It turned out those plastic bottles have ...
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My newly bottled beer was in <40 degree weather for 6 hours; is it ruined?

I went to the store where I'd taken a beer brewing class, bottled my beer, noted her instructions about keeping it at 70 degrees in my house, and then merrily went on my way for another five hours ...
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Still, un-bubbly cider after priming and left for 3 weeks at room temperature

This was the first time I primed my cider when bottling for carbonation. I exclusively wild ferment and press my own apples. I added what I think was enough sugar (ca. 120 g for 25 L), and bottles ...
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Force carbonation function

Does anyone have a formula for forced carbonation level (dissolved CO2) as a function of beer volume, temperature, CO2 psi, and time? I assume that this function would be logarithmic with respect to ...
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Cold crashing and priming for carbonation, does that work?

My wild fermented cider from freshly pressed apples has been on the carboy for almost one and a half months now. Cider is cloudy and there's still some very, VERY occasional airlock activity (once or ...
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Using Refractometer to measure Carbonation Level

I use a Refractometer when I brew mostly for the boil off phase of an all grain batch. This helps me make sure I get to the exact FG I want for the specific type of beer. It works well and I don’t ...
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does my ginger bug have mold?

My ginger bug had been 3 days bubbling and fizzing, but now it's stopped bubbling and smells too much of fermented ginger, can somebody help me? please? I need help urgently.
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Removing carbonation in mead

I'm making my first batch of mead, and just racked it over for the first time about 2 weeks ago. It's clearing just fine, but it's pretty carbonated. I'm not sure what to do about the carbonation. ...
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Is it Safe to Carbonate Beer in a Can?

I have been thinking of getting canning equipment for my homebrew set up to make it easier to share beer ( no worries about collecting my swing top bottles down the line). The only question I could ...
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Is it wise to dissolve priming sugar or gelatin in water the day before adding it to the beer?

One of the biggest time consumers I have on bottling day is cooling down the sugar to room temperature. So I have been thinking about sanitizing a small container the day before bottling, dissolve the ...
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Carbonation in keg

I did my first kegged beer last week, I put the beer in and turned the co2 to about 35 and purged the tank about 5 times. I then shook the beer on the co2 for 3 minutes and then turned off the co2 ...
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Beer Bottle vs. Can Head Space, Carbonation, and Conditioning

I have brewed at least a couple hundred 5-gallon batches of ale over the last 20+ years. For the vast majority of these batches, I have kegged in corny kegs and force carbonated using 30 PSI and ...
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How to recover from failed carbonation?

Beer (extract-based English bitter) has been in bottles for 3 weeks at cellar temperature (~60-70 F) with very little carbonation occurring. I can think of a few things I might have screwed up to ...
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Priming kit beer without bottling bucket

After experiencing midnight explosion in 5L keg few year ago, i researched for safer ways to prime. Ever since i was measuring dextrose and adding in each bottle per its volume (and desired CO2) and ...
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Blichmann QuickCarb and Bottling

I used this Quickcarb to carbonate my beer, but when bottled (with a BeerGun) I get too much foam in the bottle and almost no beer, after finally filling the bottle I tap it. And when I try my beer it ...
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Carbonation in fridge, How long?

After fermentation and going to keg, how long before the beer should be properly carbonated? I have the kegs in the fridge and set at 14 lbs.
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IPA Tastes Sweet - Undercarbed?

I brewed a NEIPA, fermented in the primary for 10 days and straight into bottles that I left condition for 2 weeks. The OG was 1.067 and FG is 1.016 Here's the full recipe - https://www....
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Carbonation process - Using the carboy

I've been homebrewing for a few months now (it's now my 15th liter!) and i was thinking about making my beer clearer/better. The best thing i could come up with, in my homebrew gear, was trying to ...
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Carbonation dissipates very quickly after opening bottled beer

I finished a German Wheat beer that I kettle soured and then I made a franken-beer shandy with a couple of gallons of the leftover wort. Neither of these beers seems to have kept their carbonation. ...
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Recarbonating Beer

I am planning to transfer 12 bottles of regular beer to a 1 gallon bottle. I will also be adding some oak spirals to the 1 gallon bottle for aging of the beer. I estimate that it will take about 6-7 ...
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Priming when transfering to a second carboy

What is the ration of sugar to water for conditioning. For 2 Gallons and 5 Gallons(ie: 1/4 cup sugar to water).
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Is there anything as too much priming sugar?

I know there are priming sugar calculators out there to help decide how much sugar one should add but is there any thing as too much priming sugar and if yes what would be the side effect to expect? ...
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Best Carbonation amount of sugar

I am korean homebrewer. I brewed Citra Pale Ale, but I am not quite satisfied. After fermentation, I added 3g or 6g of priming sugar in 500ml bottles. The 3g of sugar bottles had good flavor but less ...
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Can I add priming sugar second time after beer turned out flat?

Bottled a batch of ale three weeks ago using bulk priming method. When there’s almost nothing left in a pale I’ve noticed that most of sugar didn’t dissolve staying at the bottom, which never happened ...
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My mead wont stay carbonated!

I have a strawberry mead that I am attempting to make sparkling. I added sugar drops to each bottle (Im bottling in 12 oz bottles) and after about a week it seems very carbonated but when I pop the ...
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closed keg fermentation - is it taking place?

long story short - primed the keg with sugar, let it raise up to temperature, can't hear any gargling. IS my sugar carbonation taking place or all the old yeasts have died ?
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How many gravity points will explode a bottle?

If a difference of around 3 gravity points (between primed and final gravity) will carbonate a beverage (yes, depending on style), how many gravity points will make a bottle bomb? No, I'm not trying ...
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Can I blend cider and apple juice?

Fairly new to cider making. I've made a gallon of cider from cooking apples, it's stopped bubbling and is still in the demijohn. The juice tasted great, but the cider is not amazing. I'm just ...
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kegged cider CO2 foam, not much sparkle though

Left it for two weeks at 2.3 bar (35 PSI) and 17 C (59 F). Poured a 2 liter bottle, it made beer-like pleasant foams upon pouring but it had almost no sparkles to the taste bud. Should I let it sit ...
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carbonated ginger hydromel

I want to make a carbonated ginger hydromel. this is my first batch of mead. Im confused about the use of Campden tablets. If I use these to protect against nasty things happening due to the raw ...
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Saving a flat beer

After bringing home a growler and not finishing it before it went flat, I began to wonder - could I bottle it, add some sugar, and re-carbonate it? (The beer was naturally carbonated and we'll assume ...

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