Sunday, September 29, 2013

Billy Rigg's Basement Brew - Part 4 (aka patience wanted)

Before leaving for work on Friday, I put a bottle of the home brew in the fridge for when I got home. I realize that it was still early to be cracking them open, but I was curious how it tasted and how the carbonation was going.

The taste was good. The carbonation was disappointing.

Again, I know it's still early, but I was expecting a little more carbonation than it had. It was basically what most people would consider to be a flat beer.

After doing a little research, I'm now extremely confident that it'll improve. Clearly, I still have a lot to learn about this. :)

Some are saying that it could take at least 3 weeks for decent carbonation to develop. In some cases, even longer.

The rule of thumb seems to be: if it's not carbonated enough, let it sit for another week or two. Patience and time will fix low carbonation.

There's a good forum message here, along with a time-lapse video of how a beer changes as it ages: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/bottling-tips-homebrewer-94812/#post1030387

As some suggest, check it every week, take notes, and compare how it improves over time. That's what I'll be doing.

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