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DirtyHaus 10-04-2012 03:17 PM

How often do you look at your carboys?
 
I find myself "checking" my carboys probably 3-4 times a day. I like to look through the glass and see how active it is, sometimes I even talk to the carboy assuming that the yeast can hear me giving them a pep talk. "Come on guys, we're almost there! Just a few more gravity points and we're home free!!!"

Ok i'm kidding, I don't talk to my yeast but let's hear it.... how obsessed is everyone with looking at their carboys throughout fermentation?

diS 10-04-2012 03:27 PM

I am opening it for FG checking, usually few days before bottling.
Dont risk infection unnecessarily..

Jeepinctbrewer 10-04-2012 03:29 PM

twice a day, i find myself looking at them for way to long lol

Golddiggie 10-04-2012 03:31 PM

Never since I don't use them anymore. I ferment in modified sanke kegs. Those I will check the temperature reading on (probe down a thermowell) but that is all. Once you get over the neurosis of needing to see the process you'll be much better off, IMO.

dudius 10-04-2012 03:36 PM

I look at it once a day just to see if it's clarifying and to make sure nothing funky is growing in there.

IffyG 10-04-2012 03:36 PM

I check 12 hours after pitching to make sure the yeast took off and to make sure my temps are in check. Then I forget about them until I dry hop 7-10 days later.

Marchborne 10-04-2012 03:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Golddiggie (Post 4469444)
Never since I don't use them anymore. I ferment in modified sanke kegs. Those I will check the temperature reading on (probe down a thermowell) but that is all. Once you get over the neurosis of needing to see the process you'll be much better off, IMO.

What neurosis?!? (My precious, my precious)...:D

I check twice a day during active fermentation, and then once a day until dry-hop/final gravity checks.

Homercidal 10-04-2012 03:43 PM

I've completely forgotten a few batches. I usually check the next day or so to see if fermentation has begun and then in a week or 2 or 3, depending to see how it looks. Just watch out for blow offs.

tally350z 10-04-2012 03:47 PM

I usually check them at least 3 to 4 times a day. I enjoy seeing the activity that is going on.

porcupine73 10-04-2012 04:00 PM

I check them in the morning before work, when I get home after work, just before bed, and then if I have to get up during the night I always peek on them.

I used to think it would be funny to talk to them, but now I wouldn't think that is odd at all. After all the yeast and any other organisms in there are alive as simple as they may be. Just because maybe we can't detect or sense any connection or influence on them doesn't mean it doesn't exist. It's interesting reading books such as Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers which say traditionally people would sit near their open brewers inviting the yeasts to come see how sweet and tasty the wort it. Though maybe they just did that because they thought it was spirits actually coming into the wort to ferment it.


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