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Offline Willards

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First high gravity beer not carbonating
« on: August 27, 2014, 07:55:44 PM »
I made an imperial red from a NB kit and pitched 1.5 packs of US-05. It clocks in at 10%, but after almost 5 weeks, it is barely carbonated! Is this normal?  Will it just take time, or will 10% kill US-05?

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Re: First high gravity beer not carbonating
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2014, 03:04:45 PM »
I made an Imperial Stout that never carbonated. Same yeast.
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Re: First high gravity beer not carbonating
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2014, 11:44:53 AM »
I'm just a little peeved that it was the recommended yeast in the kit. Low alcohol tolerance couldn't be the only problem,  could it?
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Re: First high gravity beer not carbonating
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2014, 04:15:27 PM »
That strain of yeast is supposed to handle up to 12%. I don't know the ABV of the brew I made. That was before I started taking notes.

Mine was flat. Still. No bubbles or even a pop. If yours is barely carbonated, then it may be that the yeast is working but tired.

Try giving it some more time.
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Re: First high gravity beer not carbonating
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2014, 05:34:44 PM »
I make up a priming solution to which champagne yeast has been added.  Most importantly give it time.  I routinely brew high ABV winter ales.  I won't even check one till 6 months have past.

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Re: First high gravity beer not carbonating
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2014, 06:34:55 PM »
I made a Russian Imperial Stout that finished at 10.5% about a year and a half ago.  It took 3 months to carbonate.  It just seemed to take forever.  It was entered into a competition at 6 months in the bottle, (it had carbonated up eventually) and scored 43!  It was a great beer.  Patience is the key.  I think you'll find that it will eventually carbonate.
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Re: First high gravity beer not carbonating
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2014, 09:08:22 PM »
US-05 is a work horse. It always takes off and goes crazy for 5 days. Never had a problem with it even after it has set out at room temp for weeks. Should be fine.
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