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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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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Overcarbed or gusher contamination?

Is there an easy way to detect whether excessive foaming / gushing is the result of over carbonation or a gusher contamination? Perhaps a telltale taste or other indicator?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Flat beer after priming in a pressure barrel

Completed my first fermentation of home-brew bitter which finished at 2.5% alcohol after 2 weeks. Transferred the beer to a pressure barrel and added a level teaspoon of sugar per pint to start ...
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Why does my beer have carbonation but no foam head?

I recently made a Belgium Ale, which was slow to start fermenting, but once it got going it finished fine. It cleared in a secondary and was bottled using 5oz of corn sugar for the 5 gallon batch. ...
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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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Temperature fluctuations during carbonation/conditioning

I bottled my beer yesterday and based on some research I decided to place it near heater to keep warm temps, I got the one for this specific reason. The thing is that the heater is pretty old and it ...
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carbonating using a soda stream

Has anybody tried carbonating a couple of bottles a little early in the priming period - you know, just because guests are coming by and that batch is a little young in the bottle? I've heard it can ...
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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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Ginger Beer Not Carbonated

I have made ginger beer from my own "ginger bug" but did not get much carbonation. I think I put it in the refrigerator too soon, so I took one bottle out, let it sit for 2 days and VIOLA, carbonation ...
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What might kill a ginger bug - fact and fiction?

I've been attempting to use a ginger bug to make non-alcoholic ginger beer, but I manage to kill the bug each time, either while it is cultivating or after I add it to the ginger syrup. Overview of ...
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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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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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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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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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Sparkling Blackberry Wine

Can I add priming sugar to a finished wine to carbonate it when I bottle it? I plan on fermenting about a month before I bottle it, would the yeast still be alive at that time?
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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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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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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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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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Swing-top bottles leaking carbonation

I purchased a 12 pack of swing-top bottles at a decent price. I only now noticed that over time as I drank through the batch, the bottles were less and less carbonated, ranging from perfect ...
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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 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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Off-flavour after carbonation

I tasted the beer when it came out of the fermenter and it was great. I cooled it to 4 degrees then I racked it into the keg and force carbonated - about 1 minute at 300kPa, a good few minutes of ...
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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 long do I need to carbonate a keg?

I've recently inherited a keg system from a friend moving interstate and have just dropped my first batch into the keg. I found this chart from a link here that shows CO2 units by pressure & ...
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Can I force carbonate a half-full keg of homemade cola?

I make some small batches of home-made cola, tonic water, and ginger ale - usually making a batch of syrup, then mixing up a corny keg full and force-carbonating it over a few days. Normally I bottle ...
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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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