Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Bizoneill, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Bizoneill

    Bizoneill Apr 19, 2012 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    I know the average time is 2-3 weeks in the bottle but does that go for all bottles? I used 12oz and 22oz. Do they carbonate differently? I brewed a clone Hennepin and opend a 12 oz last week and that was sitting for 2 weeks and it seemed to be carbonated pretty good. I thought 1 more week and it would be perfect. Well see tonight. Please let me know if you have any idea what the wait time on a 22oz compaired to a 12oz is. I let the 22oz go the full 3 weeks but not sure if it will be ready. This is the first time I am using them.

  2. ipas-for-life

    ipas-for-life Feb 28, 2012 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    I was going to say it is the same. But I thought about it and I always tend to drink the 12oz's first when I have one case of 12oz's and one case of 22oz's. I did a search and it seems other people have experianced 22oz's taking a little bit longer. I usually try one 12oz a little after a week and it is usually carbed fine. I tried my citra/simcoe Ipa last night after a week and 4 days and it was already carbed perfectly. Nice thick head and strong aroma.
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  3. hailpurdue

    hailpurdue Aug 6, 2012 Arizona

    My average is about 8-9 days in bombers, 4-6 in 12 oz beers.
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  4. AlCaponeJunior

    AlCaponeJunior May 21, 2010 Texas

    I usually pop a 12oz after a week and it's almost always well carbonated. But they tend to be better after at least 2-3 weeks (so I generally leave the rest for at least two weeks). It depends some on the style and amount of priming sugar too.
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  5. inchrisin

    inchrisin Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    I think the bottle wand (3/8''?) is supposed to be fit for 12 oz bottles. The more headspace you leave in a bottle the quicker it will carb and the more CO2 volumes you will get. This probably won't have a significant impact on the extra 10 oz of beer in a bomber. If primed equally with sugar, they should come out about the same.
  6. VikeMan

    VikeMan Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Did you mean to say the more headspace you fill (rather than leave), the more CO2 volumes you will get? Here's a C&P from a prevuious, similar discussion...

    "Let's say you fill a bottle half-way with beer that has been pre-primed in a bottling bucket. So this bottle will have half as much sugar, and ultimately about half as much CO2, as a normally filled bottle. This would be fine if the CO2 from the 'half sugar' stayed in the 'half beer.' But this reduced CO2 is split between the beer and the headspace. So when you open the bottle, you'll get CO2 'pop', but the beer will be undercarbonated. It's the same phenomenon as when a partially emptied growler is closed and then sits for a while, because the CO2 that would otherwise be keeping the beer fully carbonated migrates to the headspace."
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  7. mikehartigan

    mikehartigan Apr 9, 2007 Illinois

    A 5 gallon 'bottle' takes all of 5 minutes, if I'm in a hurry ;)
    (Sorry, I guess that's off topic)
  8. inchrisin

    inchrisin Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    Keggers are a proud race of people.
  9. Bizoneill

    Bizoneill Apr 19, 2012 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    I know.... I cant wait to get my kegging system! But this was my first all-grain batch that I brewed 5 Gallons of so I wanted to do it old school... 3 weeks in 12 oz the beer tastes fantastic. 3 weeks in the 22 oz I haven't tasted it yet but gave some to friends and feedback it very positive!

    Thanks for all of the replies!

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