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Old 08-30-2012, 11:36 PM   #1
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Hey folks I need some assistance. I brewed biermuncher's Oktoberfest on Sunday. Pitched with us-04. Noticed a little activity in the airlock the first night but not a lot. I haven't gotten my keezer/fermenter completely dialed in so the first day the ambient temperature was high, like 74 or 75. I didn't notice any activity the next three days. I know s-04 ferments furiously especially at higher temps so I took a gravity reading. It was 1.052 which was the same reading as when I pitched the yeast in the first place. I pitched some s-05 on weds because it's what I had and nothing is happening. My fermenter is now at like 60 but I'm still working on it. I haven't taken a gravity reading yet. This is really odd for me. Anyone have an idea?

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Old 08-31-2012, 12:37 AM   #2
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EDIT:

It's possible the S-05 is just starting now...
Also, maybe take another gravity reading in a couple days to see if anything happened.

How do you store your yeast?

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Old 08-31-2012, 12:40 AM   #3
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It's possible the S-05 is just starting now...
Also, maybe take another gravity reading in a couple days to see if anything happened.

How do you store your yeast?
In the fridge. I know s-05 likes warmer temps too, I just can't get my fermenter keezer dialed in because it's so damn hot in my garage.
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I've had several different strains take 48 hours to start surface colonization, which is what I use as an indication of activity. I always pitch ales at 72. I oxygenate using aviator's oxygen, about 3/5 of the batch gets oxygen. I wouldn't start repitching until 56 hours. Aerate well and pitch at reasonable temps. If you have a clean process, the yeast will start when it is ready.

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Old 09-01-2012, 04:00 AM   #5
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I checked the gravity today and it had dropped some so everything seems to be ok just slow, probably because of the low temps?

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