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Old 05-31-2012, 02:25 AM   #31
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I think most of us live somewhere in the happy medium of these opinions, which really aren't that far apart if you look past single sentences and read what each person is saying as a whole.
Me personally, I'm still very raw. I'm becoming familiar with one style of ale, brewing it just a little different each time. First batch I took more readings. Last batch I took a first reading, then a final reading a month later. I am comfortable with that because the "bubble effect" was the same from batch to batch to batch, and from this very forum I've learned to trust what is happening and leave it be. Not for nothing, each batch seems to be a little better than the last - I attribute that to focusing on the important details and not sweating the not-so-important details, also known as learning I guess.

I'd have to guess that the little bubble action we get from temp changes or whatever are not going to be significant (at least with my recipes, and at least so far). My point is, thus far for me each time the bubbles started around the second day, and more or less stopped after the 5th day or so, then it is just a test of patience. If there was a change in general bubble activity, I'd be back to measuring like it was batch #1. But for now I'm a casual bubble watcher, and minimal gravity reader. It's all good.

Enjoyed the thread, hope I didn't just kill it...

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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?
That's too f'n funny man!!! Silly brewer, that's what ya get when you revere the airlock as the bubbler of the beer gods!!!
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I have made 20 batches thus far in my brewing adventure. Haven't taken a single hydrometer reading and Haven't had a single bottle bomb yet. Airlock activity at a rapid pace is a good sign that fermentation is occurring. No one is arguing with you Revvy that a lack of airlock activity means no fermenting or slow bubbling necessarily means fermentation is still occurring. The OP's point is that with proper brewing practices and yeast pitching, rapid bubbling from an airlock is a very great sign that your beer is fermenting.

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The OP's point is that with proper brewing practices and yeast pitching, rapid bubbling from an airlock is a very great sign that your beer is fermenting.
Call me a moron, but......... Wouldn't 'proper brewing practices' entail taking gravity readings?

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Call me a moron, but......... Wouldn't 'proper brewing practices' entail taking gravity readings?
Mashing, boiling, cooling, aeration...
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Hmmm, I'll be sure to take that into consideration next time. Thanks for the heads up. So all I have to do is mash, boil, cool and aerate and everything will be fine? Awesome!!

Edit: wait, now I have to sanitize too? F***, this is getting too hard.
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Hmmm, I'll be sure to take that into consideration next time. Thanks for the heads up. So all I have to do is mash, boil, cool and aerate and everything will be fine? Awesome!!

Edit: wait, now I have to sanitize too? F***, this is getting too hard.
Hope it turns out well for you.
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Hope it turns out well for you.
If I actually listened to half the cr@p put out there by certain posters on certain threads (of course, not this one or anyone on it), I'm thoroughly convinced that I'd be making some of the worst beer I've ever made.
But please, please feel free to keep giving solid advice, I'm sure some newbie will be very glad there's such knowledgable brewers as yourself there to walk them through it.
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If I actually listened to half the cr@p put out there by certain posters on certain threads (of course, not this one or anyone on it), I'm thoroughly convinced that I'd be making some of the worst beer I've ever made.
But please, please feel free to keep giving solid advice, I'm sure some newbie will be very glad there's such knowledgable brewers as yourself there to walk them through it.
And such humble brewers as yourself for them to turn to advice from.
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