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Old 07-11-2012, 04:18 PM   #1
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So I started washing yeast and collecting them in mason jars, I have a few stored up, so I made my first starter two days ago. I made a batch yesterday and pitched the starter into the wort. Today there is no fermenting going on, is this normal? I thought the yeast are supposed to be all amped up, and fermentation is gonna be fast and furious, but nothing is goin on. Is this too soon to worry, or do I need to go buy some yeast and pitch that.
How long can the wort sit without fermenting (and still be good to make beer), if I wait to see what happens with this starter?

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Old 07-11-2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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1) One day is too soon to worry.

2) I've left beer 7 days without issue until I got "un-dead" yeast before.

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Sticky in the beginner section warns that you may not have visible fermentation signs for up to 72 hours and it be perfectly normal.

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Old 07-11-2012, 04:36 PM   #4
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You're fine at this point. As HomeBrewDad noted it can take up to 72 hours. I have a packet of dry yeast, some Nottingham as an emergency back-up. Haven't had to use it yet.

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Thanks for the reassurance, so if it doesn't take off in a few days, do I just pitch some yeast like I normally would, and all will be well?

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Sure, but before you do pull a hydrometer sample to make sure fermentation hasn't started. Often times I see very little airlock activity even though the yeast are doing their thing.

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Sure, but before you do pull a hydrometer sample to make sure fermentation hasn't started. Often times I see very little airlock activity even though the yeast are doing their thing.
This. Lots of bubbles indicate active fermentation, but lack of them does not mean lack of fermentation. Could have a leak in the seal that is letting CO2 escape.
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That's a great idea thank you! How long should I wait between readings? Just do 1 a day for a few days to see what's happening in there?

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Bucket or carboy? As stated, lack of airlock activity may not mean anything. Do you see krausen forming on the beer?

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I'm fermenting in a bucket

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