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Old 11-06-2011, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default Fess up! How often do you check your fermentation?

You just brewed a batch of beer, and your are waiting for the little yeasties to do their thing. So you can be forgiven if you go check to see if fermentation has started, say several times a day.

But once fermentation has started, and their really is no reason to go check your fermentor very often, how often do you find yourself going down into the basement, or out to the garage to check anyway?

The two batches I brewed yesterday are chugging away nicely, and yet I think I have been out there 5 times today already, to check again.

Why? I dont know, but there it is.

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Old 11-06-2011, 04:30 PM   #2
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My first batch I checked every 10 minutes it seems.

Now I go out 3 days after I pitched to make sure its fermenting and then come back in 3 weeks....

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Old 11-06-2011, 04:31 PM   #3
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I pitch my yeast and usually just walk away for a month. I trust my yeast to do their jobs...they don't need me sticking my nose into their jobsite. I don't like it when folks stick their nose into my office without asking so why should they be any different......

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Old 11-06-2011, 04:36 PM   #4
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I do the laundry here. I take a look at least once a day. Usually just to check the temp. A lot of times when I pitch it's late and I'm drunk. I crash out. In the morning I look and it's normally going nuts.

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Old 11-06-2011, 04:37 PM   #5
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i go in to check the temp in the morning and the evening, since all i have for temp control is a window AC unit and swamp coolers.

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Old 11-06-2011, 04:38 PM   #6
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i do the laundry here. I take a look at least once a day. Usually just to check the temp. A lot of times when i pitch it's late and i'm drunk. I crash out. In the morning i look and it's normally going nuts.
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I pitch my yeast and usually just walk away for a month. I trust my yeast to do their jobs...they don't need me sticking my nose into their jobsite. I don't like it when folks stick their nose into my office without asking so why should they be any different......
Revvy, I dunno if I'd go broadcasting that you think yeast have the same level of consciousness and situational awareness as you.
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:43 PM   #8
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I probably check once a day or so just to make sure my temps are where I want them to be. Its also enjoyable to see bubbling

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Old 11-06-2011, 04:47 PM   #9
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I'm fermenting in a tub filled w/ water and occasionally ice blocks so I go in 2x a day to check the temp and make sure it's where I want it until the fermentation slows way down then I walk away for a month.

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I check the next morning after I brew and then usaly once a day to check the temp. If the garage is getting too cold I have to move it inside. We had some warmer days in the 80s and then it got down to the 30s at night and I was getting suck back from my air lock due to the quick cooling (thought that might happen when I put it out so I put vodka in the air lock).

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