Help! My Home Brew Beer Has No Carbonation!

Today, I’m going to tell you a little home brewing story. It could’ve happened to anyone, but let’s just say that this one involved a strawberry wheat beer. It seemed like the perfect beer for a hot, Florida summer – refreshing, light and lots of flavor.

However, things weren’t going to go exactly perfect in this story. Brewing day went fine, bottling day went off without a hitch. Things were a little different however, after two weeks of bottle conditioning and a couple days in the fridge to cool it down.

It was like a nightmare. The first bottle I opened was missing something. It had a great wheat beer flavor with a hint of strawberry, but it was missing the carbonation.

I started thinking back and overall there was nothing that I missed. I didn’t forget to put in the priming sugar. I made sure that the dissolved priming sugar was mixed even into my wort before it was bottled. I add the strawberry extract at the right time. It even stumped my friends over at HomeBrewTalk.com.

They suggested that I give it some more time and try another bottle. I opened the second bottle this Sunday, and by some miracle it was overflowing with foam when I cracked it open. Actually too much foam, but I’d rather have too much foam then none at all. The beer tasted great and in a couple or more weeks, it should all even out. More than likely, the cap on the first bottle was a little loose, just enough to let out the carbonation.

How To Fix No Carbonation

So what would I have done if it turned out that my beer for some reason hadn’t carbed?

First, I would’ve made sure that it wasn’t just one unlucky bottle with a loose cap.

Then, I would let them bottle condition for two or three weeks longer to see if that fixed the problem. Sometimes the yeast can be a little tired from all of their work changing the beer into wort and need a little more time. I’d also check to make sure that I was storing the beer that was someplace too cold for the yeast. Generally, 65-74 degrees is good (but, it varies depending on the type of yeast).

If that didn’t work, I would buy some carbonation tablets from my favorite home brew shop.

If you’re still without carbonation, leave a comment or shoot me an email and let’s see if we can’t figure out your problem.

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I'm a former coffee blogger, but I’ve been getting to know some really good craft beers and really getting into home brewing. I couldn’t resist starting this little project called Passion For The Pint. When I’m not blogging about coffee or beer, you can find me exploring New Orleans’ wide range of eateries, rooting for the New York Yankees (don’t hate me, I’m originally from New York), working out to burn off the beer calories or reading about beer.