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Old 05-31-2012, 12:18 AM   #21
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That's the clearest brew I've ever seen.

I do agree that buckets and carboys, with no airlock movement, doesn't automatically equate to nothing going on. One pretty basic tool to see if there's yeast activity in your primary is to get a temperature reading of it. I've been using a thermowell with a probe thermometer down it (one made for taking temperature readings like this, not one you cook with). It's traceable so I know what the high/low temperatures are/were as well as current. Also, with it being in the middle of the primary, I'm more certain that the outside environment is NOT influencing the temperatures to give a false reading.

Buckets can have poor seals around the lids and airlock holes. Carboys can have poor seals around the bung hole. Neither can be trusted 100% (as already mentioned). Even a sanke fermenter can have a seal that's not 100% (but it's easily fixed).

As for gravity readings, I've left the 18th century tool behind (hydrometer) and moved up to the 21st century (refractometer)... Tiny sample needed, that's easy to take and you don't need to worry about things rubbing up against it causing false readings. Or the sample degassing, causing a bad reading.

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Someone mentioned this video earlier. Another reason why airlocks, are an oh so accurate a gauge of fermentation.

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jzT_KTTZ0Q

Think it's ready?

I usually put my fermentor/er in direct sun light and I am sure to water it twice a day too. I also use miracle grow ( the kind for flowering plants) for yeast nutrient. I have to be careful though... Sometimes the garden gnomes sneak samples
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:14 AM   #23
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Someone mentioned this video earlier. Another reason why airlocks, are an oh so accurate a gauge of fermentation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jzT_KTTZ0Q

Think it's ready?

That's the video I was looking for....

It must be fermenting sinc e the airlock is bubbling.
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That's the video I was looking for....

It must be fermenting sinc e the airlock is bubbling.
According to the Op's premise. Airlocks only bubble because of fermentation...They couldn't possibly be bubbling (especially after 2 hours or otherwise) if it were anything else.

For example, I could pitch my yeast, have it be either dead or at least have a 72 hour lag time, and still have airlock activity in the first 24 hours, or anytime before the yeast actually starts doing it's thing, if there is oxygen present in the headspace (Which it is until it's displaced by the co2), and it either expands due to a sudden temp increase, change of barometric pressure or because my sig other hit it with the vacuum cleaner....or I moved it into a closet. But the yeast could still be in lag, or even dead....Airlocks are vents, not fermentation gauges, and shouldn't be thought of as anything else. That simple.

Beergolf, maybe it's jenkem being fermented in there.
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Once again feel free to use this pix. I have them laminated and put on top my fermenters so I do not panic when I do not see bubbles:

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Dude, I totally agree with you Wynne. I've had my RIS in secondary (a glass carboy) since January when I had a stable FG of 1.024. It's been bubbling every couple minutes for the last ~5 months, so I'm keeping it in there cuz it's obviously still fermenting. Same with my Burton that's been in secondary since March. Can't bottle either until those bubbles stop or I'll get bottle bombs.





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Careful or some glass flower of a person will call you snarky after that...

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Did you guys see the post in my "What are some mistakes you made..." thread where some nervous nelly who uses vasoline to make a tight seal on his buckets, so his airlock bubbles, evidently found out that his wife uses the same vasoline jar to coat her hemorrhoids?

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Did you guys see the post in my "What are some mistakes you made..." thread where some nervous nelly who uses vasoline to make a tight seal on his buckets, so his airlock bubbles, evidently found out that his wife uses the same vasoline jar to coat her hemorrhoids?
LMAO!!! Good thing I wasn't drinking any homebrew when I read that, or I would have done a 'spit-take' all over my displays...

I think that's reason enough to get pint #3 (in under two hours) of my 6.6% English brown ale... I'm feeling damned good right about now, and the room isn't moving too much...
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