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Old 12-21-2011, 12:53 AM   #1
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Default I hate waiting!!!!

Not really looking for replies; just a place to vent.

Brewed this morning, pitched healthy yeast at 10:00am, and at 8:30 still no action (10.5 hours).

I always find the time between pitching and having active fermentation to be the most frustrating time.

To be honest, I would be concerned if I saw any activity early, as it would be a sign that I probably I over-pitched, and the yeast did not have time to develop it's building blocks for the ester production. I generally like to have fermentation start between 10 and 14 hours, so I should not be surprised that it has not started.

I really should not be concerned. I've brewed over 50 beers in the past 2 years, and all have turned out good.

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Old 12-21-2011, 12:55 AM   #2
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Just wondering, do you use dry yeast, a vial, or a starter?

I have been on a dry yeast kick and I love it!

So easy to rehydrate the yeast, pitch, and never had a delayed fermentation.

Not trying to sway any opinions on which yeast works best, just commenting.

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Old 12-21-2011, 01:58 AM   #3
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I have exclusively used liquid for the past couple of years (about 50 brews). I re-use yeast a lot; expect to get about 20+ beers from a single vial. Every brew over the past 2 years has gone smoothly.

This is a Belgian yeast WLP550, and you can't get similar with a dry yeast.

This particular beer used a pint of slurry that was harvested from a beer 4 weeks ago. I washed it before pitching (I never wash when I harvest it ..... since I toss most of it away, it seems a waste of time).

It was only a month old, so I just straight pitched and did not make a starter. I know many will say I should make a starter, but I have not had a problem and have confidence in the yeast. I never make a starter if the harvested yeast is less than a month old (and no problems).

........ That being said ........ It's now 12 hours and no sign of fermentation.

Please don't lecture me about 72 hours ... etc ....etc ...... I would agree for an unknown viability of a new pack, but this yeast is healthy, and will be going by morning ..... I just wish it would go before I have to sleep.

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Old 12-21-2011, 02:24 AM   #4
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Not going to lecture you at all but I will say this....

You've been brewing for 2 years, have more batches under your belt than I do, and you are still closely watching for fermentation to start within the same day? I've been brewing for one year now and have many batches under my belt, but I don't even look at the fermenter until the next morning, starter or not. After a day of brewing I just want to kick back and relax. With my typical AG brew day I pitch somewhere between 4pm and 6pm. Next morning comes around I check on the fermenter and it's actively fermenting. The times I've checked later in the evening, say 6-8 hours later I don't see any clear activity like the airlock bubbling or a temp rise but I do see the layer of foam (pre-krausen) developing on top.

I've never had a beer not ferment nor even take a few days to shows signs of active fermentation, not once yet. Anyhow, hope it kicks off for you soon, but try not to pay much attention to it so soon.


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I pitch and then remember about it days later usually

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Im still trippin off 20+ brews from a single vial of yeast. This means that you have only had to purchase 3 vials of yeast in the last 2 years, and that you've only experimented with a max of 3 strains in that time? I've got enough yeast in the cheese drawer of my beer fridge to literally last you a lifetime

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I seriously need to start a yeast bank. I don't think I've ever used a yeast cake more than once

Where did you guys get your little vials, pitri dishes, or whatever it is that you need to store the yeast? My new years resolution...save the yeasties...

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Ditto for me.

I trust my yeast to do their job. So I pitch and walk away.
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