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Old 10-08-2012, 06:54 PM   #31
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I check them regularly throughout active fermentation.

1. Because I still think it is really cool.
2. Because I am looking for any hint of krausen in the airlock (I use ale pales). Last time I did not check and my Belgian Dubble blew it's top all over my fermentation chamber.

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Old 10-09-2012, 12:35 AM   #32
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I generally do not check on them at all. Let them be until finished. Lenght of that depends on style, wheat beers 2 weeks, most others 3-4 weeks. I have my process down well enough that I do not bother with unrequired gravity readings. Just do one at the end when I bottle/keg. Honestly that's not really required at all either. Once you have been brewing a while, you realize that the yeast know that to do without much help from you. They are also very good at what they do.

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Old 10-09-2012, 04:00 PM   #33
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I wish I could check mine. It's just going into active fermentation, so I had to guess how to set the fridge timer to keep it under control. Fortunately it was cold enough last night that I just left the fridge open and it stayed just right... we'll see. It's an ale yeast and I'm aiming for 60°F, so it'll be ok if it gets a little warmer than that.

But I really want to hop in the car and drive home to check!

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Old 10-09-2012, 06:06 PM   #34
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twice a day, mostly to check temperatures and switch out ice packs in the brew cooler

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Old 10-10-2012, 01:09 AM   #35
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I've noticed my cat checks my carboy way more than I do. I have this otherwise-useless closet in my kitchen that I just use as a fermentation room. It doesn't stay closed and my cat seems to always want in that closet. I'm not sure if she just hates closed doors and can pull this one open, or if she notices the bubbles and investigates.

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Old 10-10-2012, 01:20 AM   #36
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Once a day during initial fermentation. After that I open the ferm chamber for a peek about every three days to make sure there are no evil gremlins running amok!

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Old 10-10-2012, 03:10 AM   #37
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I may have a little song for my yeastie beasties to get their spirits up. It may go to the tune of the wheels on the bus. This is all hearsay mind you.

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Old 10-10-2012, 12:58 PM   #38
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I can catch a glance of mine as often as I want with little effort. The fermenter stand is to the right of the comp hutch & I'm retired. How many of you are airlock sniffers as well?
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