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  • Hello everyone.
    I have just bottled my Irish Stout and I used 4 grams of sugar for each bottle of 500 ml for carbonation.
    Coopers recommend 14 days for carbonation at temperatures above 20C degrees.
    but I keep the bottles at 23 degrees.
    My question is:Should I wait 14 days as recommended by the Coopers or the process will end quickly in high temperature
    Thanks
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    • HBO_Staff
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      Welcome kun4ev, most brews take at least a few days, if not a week to get the secondary fermentation going, then ideally leave for at least another couple of weeks to let the brew clear and the flavours will continue to develop. Often brews are drinkable after a week or two, but for best results we suggest to leave for longer as they will get better with more time
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      thanks
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  • Evening all, first question on first cider brew. After first 2 days there are loads of bubbles in bucket do I now leave it for three weeks or scrape off the bubbles?
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    • HBO_Staff
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      Welcome, once your brew is fermenting you ideally need to leave it undisturbed and it will just happily ferment away, bubbles and froth/foam are quite common, and fermentation times vary by each brew and the temperature etc. A bit more info is here on this link:

      https://homebrewonline.vanillacommunity.com/discussion/519/fermentation-what-to-expect#latest
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  • I meant sparkler tap!
    December 2018
    • HBO_Staff
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      Hi Nelly, the most common reason for a brew not dispensing is if there is not enough pressure inside the barrel, there must be pressure built up to force the brew through the tube and up to the tap. A brew will normally carbonate naturally from the priming sugar you added before you sealed the barrel up and pressure the barrel, if it wont then you may need to inject some CO2 using one of the bulbs, this will pressurise the barrel and start the flow. If this works then the brew was not producing it's own CO2, try moving it somewhere warm - around 20 degrees C or so as this can help.

      If your barrel is pressurised but still not dispensing then it is likely to be an issue with the float system attached to the back of the sparkler tap, it would be worth checking the float is sitting on the surface of the beer and the pipe is not kinked or blocked. If it is all looking like the pipe is fine and the float is sat on the surface, but no gas or liquid comes out of the tap just let us know we will of course resolve any issue with it for you,

      Best regards,

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  • Hi,
    I’m having trouble getting beer out through my sprinkler tap. It doesn’t want to draw through, it’s like there’s no suction, can anyone help?
    December 2018
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