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Old 09-20-2012, 12:38 AM   #1
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I made a batch of light pale ale today. some of my past batches have had a slight clove/chlorine flavor. So today before the boil I added one campden tab to the tap water. My only concern is that this batch is showing no signs of life after 8 hours,,,,every other batch I have made with safeale s-05 has been bubbling away after a few hours. Can campden tabs kill yeast after they boil??

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:00 AM   #2
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Relax and give it some time. Yeast work on there own schedule. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/ferm...e-signs-43635/

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:08 AM   #3
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The infamous John Palmer used one in the pre boil water in this video he made over at the NB website... http://www.northernbrewer.com/connec...h-john-palmer/ so im sure it is fine, just give it a bit more time.

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I use one all the time. I've heard it's supposed to be 1 per 20 gallons, so 1/4 of a tablet for 5 gallons, but I've never had a problem with vigorous fermentation within 12 hours using a full tab.

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Yea, I usually split a tab between my mash and sparge water, so I do a full tab in ~9-10 gallons and have never had a problem. Just make sure to add it pre-boil and you're good.

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yes it was added pre-boil. still no bubbles but the level in my airlock has changed indicating there is some kind of pressure in there. I have never seen a ferment without bubbles in the airlock,,,have you?

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Fermentation is a funny thing sometimes. RDWHAHB!

...and remember that an airlock is not a hydrometer. If you really wanna monitor progress, take a sample and see if your gravity has dropped. If it has, the yeasties are working, let them do their thing.

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I've had this happen before with s-04. But it took off after 24 hrs. Are you sure you shook the beer enough to oxegenate the wort? I think that was more the problem than campden tablets.

I'm sure it's fine. Rdwhahb.

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yes it was added pre-boil. still no bubbles but the level in my airlock has changed indicating there is some kind of pressure in there. I have never seen a ferment without bubbles in the airlock,,,have you?
Yes, the last buckets I bought (online from brew supply) leak at the lids, i finally bought some gasket material for the lids because I like watching the bubbles!
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ok guys I am going to let it sit for 2 weeks ,,I will let you know what happens! thanks!

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