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Home Brew Beer is flat – Follow up 2 weeks later

A couple of weeks ago I posted that my 2 recent brews were flat after 4 weeks since bottling. I had bottled the beers and stuck them straight down to the shed in the cold spring weather. Two weeks ago I moved the bottles and left them in my house next to a radiator and wrapped in 2 blankets. We’ve also had some of the best weather this year recently, which must have helped secondary fermentation.

After trying one of each beer the result is that they’re both getting fizzy. The Wherry is what I would expect from a Woodfordes kit and pretty fizzy with a good head. The Blushing Blonde isn’t as fizzy but is much better, you can see bubbles in the beer and it has a slight head – I’m not too sure what to expect from this experimental brew. Two weeks ago when I tried both of the beers they were completely flat.

I’m not sure if leaving the beer for an extra couple of weeks or keeping them warm has given me a fizzier beer with head but something worked! I’ll think for future brews I’ll keep the beer bottles in the house warm for 2 weeks from now on to make sure!

Any suggestions please leave a comment.

Home Brew Beer is flat – What to do…

This weekend it will have been 4 weeks since I bottled my Blushing Blonde and Woodfordes Wherry brews. I tried both last week, 3 weeks since bottling, and both home brew beer kits were flat, but still very drinkable.

After I bottled both the kits I straight away stuck the beer down in the shed at the bottom of the garden in the beer bottle boxes I have. The weather hasn’t been great lately (a typical English Spring with lots of rain!) which couldn’t have helped in the secondary fermentation.

The Blushing Blonde went into Coopers PET bottles and the Wherry went into glass swing top bottles, but this shouldn’t affect any secondary fermentation.

After reading some forums, and the instructions of the kits it does recommend to keep the bottles warm for a week or so. So last week I brought both batches up to the house and wrapped them in 2 blankets to keep them warm and put them near a radiator, hopefully, this has done the trick, but we’ll find out this weekend or next.

Another suggestion I found was that the bottles needed to be left longer, I guess I could be too impatient!

If you have any ideas on why my home brew beer is flat then please leave a comment.