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Old 01-28-2006, 03:49 PM   #1
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Default Re-starting a fermentation?

Hey Gents,

Quick question on an extract brew. I"m assuming that I wil have to pitch a new pack of yeast, but, last weekend I started a Red Ale BrewHouse extract batch, pitched the yeast, etc. It fermented quite quickly for the following day, but then stopped. NO bubles/ activity for a few days after, so I stirred it up a bit, but no result. I have one of those heating belts on my primary, so, temp should not be an issue. Anyone have any ideas why it may have started off vigorously then stopped? I will probbaly pitch a new pack of yeast later today, see if that does anything.

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Old 01-28-2006, 03:51 PM   #2
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a short lag time is a good thing. means a good amount pitched, yeast had a good amount of oxygen to get it going. take a hydrometer reading. it may be attenuated (or 90% attenuated) and ready to rack to secondry for clarifying and conditioning.

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Old 01-28-2006, 08:14 PM   #3
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you think so?
Could be....I just never thought that a fulll 5 gallon batch would ferment to complettion in 1.5 days. It bubbled vigorously for about a day,, 1.5 days, then no activity at all, whatsoever. Thats what kind of makes me think it didnt entirely finish... But il take another reading tonite, see where its at.

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I've seen it happen a couple of times, and there are numerous stories on here saying the same thing. Sometimes things just happen quickly...your hydrometer will tell you for sure.

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Default I had the same thing happen......

Same thing....I started with a M/F Canadian extract, to which I added about 3 pounds of dme.

Absolutely furious action in the airlock for about 30 hours, then it stopped like an anchor.

Since I was nervous, plus the fact that real newbies never take a hydrometer reading, I thought I should add more malt and start again with another pitch of yeast.

It worked even more violently, about same period of time, then stopped again.

I waited about twelve days before bottling. Primed and bottled. Ten to fourteen days later, I drank.

Yuck! Still really sweet, almost a cidery tinge of taste, and does this stuff bubble as I pour it into a glass! The head is about three times the height of the level of beer into the glass.

Will it ever "finish" inside the bottle, or am I fooling myself?

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