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1st batch in years did not carbonate ?
« on: April 05, 2013, 04:45:31 PM »
How much corn sugar should you add to secondary before bottling for a batch size of 5 gallons and do you need to boil it in ? quantity of water before adding it?

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Re: 1st batch in years did not carbonate ?
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2013, 08:43:14 AM »
Add to secondary?  Do you mean add to the bottling bucket/carboy before bottling?  That's what I'm assuming. 

I typically use between 4-5 ounces (weighed on a gram scale) for a five gallon batch (adjusted for actual final volume).  I tend to think that 4 oz would be on the low side (mild to medium carbonation) and 5 oz more on the high side.  I tend towards the high side because that's the way I like them (undercarbed beers annoy me). 

I usually add about half a quart of water to the pan, then add the sugar, get it boiling, cover (while still boiling), then cool it covered and add it to the sanitized bottling carboy.  Then I add the beer on top of the sugar, making sure to get a slight swirl during racking (ensures even mixing). 

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Re: 1st batch in years did not carbonate ?
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2013, 10:23:58 AM »
Agree with alcaponejunior. The only difference is that I use a lower sugar/water ratio for solving the sugar.
In my system this would mean: 142gr/0.142L. In your system this would mean: 5oz/0.15quart.
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Re: 1st batch in years did not carbonate ?
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2013, 03:49:51 PM »
I just bottled with 3.8oz corn sugar for a batch that is just shy of 4 gal and I have zero carbonation after 1 week.  What gives?

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Re: 1st batch in years did not carbonate ?
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2013, 12:35:27 PM »
I just bottled with 3.8oz corn sugar for a batch that is just shy of 4 gal and I have zero carbonation after 1 week.  What gives?

At what temperature did you store your bottles after bottling?
What type of beer did you brew?
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Re: 1st batch in years did not carbonate ?
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2013, 03:41:25 PM »
I recently had a lager that was 8 weeks old before I bottle it. The only way I got it to carbonate was to raise the temp to 70 degrees for two weeks.

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Re: 1st batch in years did not carbonate ?
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2013, 02:47:01 PM »
I recently had a lager that was 8 weeks old before I bottle it. The only way I got it to carbonate was to raise the temp to 70 degrees for two weeks.
Held bottle at around 67deg F. I do not have complete control of the temperature, is colder at night and warmer in day. Basement environment. Since then I have increased sugar and results are better.

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Re: 1st batch in years did not carbonate ?
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2013, 07:32:49 PM »
Add to secondary?  Do you mean add to the bottling bucket/carboy before bottling?  That's what I'm assuming. 

I typically use between 4-5 ounces (weighed on a gram scale) for a five gallon batch (adjusted for actual final volume).  I tend to think that 4 oz would be on the low side (mild to medium carbonation) and 5 oz more on the high side.  I tend towards the high side because that's the way I like them (undercarbed beers annoy me). 

I usually add about half a quart of water to the pan, then add the sugar, get it boiling, cover (while still boiling), then cool it covered and add it to the sanitized bottling carboy.  Then I add the beer on top of the sugar, making sure to get a slight swirl during racking (ensures even mixing).
Yes from a bottling pail; and I boiled 155Grams of sugar in 2 cups of water. Left for 3 weeks at 68-70 Degrees. Just bottled two more batches and I do not think the capper was correctly set up first time. This time I had it much closer to the bottle and rotated it 180 deg for second strike. Caps look totally different. I should know in a month.

 

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