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My first attempt at brewing and my carbonation time is up today. All of my bottles but 3 are rock hard. Should I put these rock hard ones in the fridge now and leave the soft ones for another few days or a week until they are rock hard. Or should the soft ones be considered a casualty of war?

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I had the same problem just now. It seem after reading many posts about it here, probably did not add drops or sugar to those. I know I missed adding it to my one soft bottle. It seems the consensus is to add the drops or sugar to them now. 

 

At least that is what I am going to try. 

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I double checked the drops. If you have to leave for four weeks why does it say 14 to 21 in the instructions?

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The instructions recommend the absolute minimum times for each stage of the brewing process. The concensus among the experienced brewers here on the forum is 3 weeks in the fermentor and 4 weeks cinditioning in the bottles.

Though following the directions in the book will produce drinkable beer. Using the 3-4 rule will produce a better beer.

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Carbonation has been going on for 16 days at 70 to 71  I did fermentation for 14 days same temperature just like it said in the instructions. 

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I think the rate of carbonation will vary a bit depending on how much yeast got bottled in each bottle, especially when bottling right out of the fermenter. For those that use a secondary fermentation vessel, maybe more yeast will settle and the bottled carbonation will be more uniform. I don't so I have no evidence.

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Only put the amount of bottles in the fridge for 3 days that you will drink. Let the others continue to condition at room temp, most beer will get better with age.

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