Originally Posted by Wingston75
I'm currently experiencing this but with roeselare in primary. It's been 30+ hours since I pitched and no sign of airlock activity or krausen. Smack pack was dated 3mth ago so not ancient - I've used older fine - but didn't swellmuch on brew day.
Am I being hasty after such a short space of time? And planning for a non-starter, is there a particular belgian strain to use that would be best suited to get it underway?
Actually, when using a sour mix, you want as long a delay as possible - that is a good thing. It allows the bugs to start building their colonies before the sacc starts to create alcohol, which will slow them down. The longer lag at the start, will make it sour quicker ...... it will still be many many months/year though.
These sour mixes deliberately have a low number of sacc cells, for this very purpose; to make it slow to start. That is why it is recommended to NOT make a starter with them.
Start worrying if you have no activity by day 4; at which point, pitch any Belgian strain you have handy. I expect you will be fine.
My notes from my last one with Roeselare. The pack was about 6 months old. "After 1.5 days, no activity. Some activity at 2 days. An inch of kraeusen after 2.5 days.
" This activity started quicker than I wanted it to.