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Old 08-08-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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Default airlock bubbled for less than a day

So I am brewing a weihenstephaner weisse clone (first brew ever) and after pitching the yeast (white labs 300) it took about 36 hours to show any airlock activity. The bubbling, however, lasted for less than a day. Is this okay? I dont want to take a hydrometer reading yet because I doubt the fermentation is done and i don't want to disturb the process but is it possible that it is stuck? I should say that it took me close to 2 hours to bring the wort under 80 (covered most of the time). Any advise?

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:29 PM   #2
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Wait a week and check your gravity. You may have a leak in the seal of the bucket. Airlock activity is not always a sign of fermentation. Try the search function.

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:31 PM   #3
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check the gravity. I'm sure you're not fully complete yet - but I've had wheat beers ferment really really fast before.

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Wait a week and check your gravity. You may have a leak in the seal of the bucket. Airlock activity is not always a sign of fermentation. Try the search function.
+1 It doesn't take much of a leak to have this type of situation, only shows activity when it is working hard. If you have to take a look just see if you have any krausen....sure sign that it is/has been fermenting.
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only shows activity when it is working hard. .
I did lower the temp from around 70 to around 64 once fermentation started. Could that have stopped the bubbling?
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Or killed the fermentation?

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I did lower the temp from around 70 to around 64 once fermentation started. Could that have stopped the bubbling?
Definitely! That temperature change temporarily shocked the yeast and caused it to slow down, relax, all will be fine! Things will get back to normal and the beer will be fine, give it about 7-10 days from when fermentation actually began and then check your gravity
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Or killed the fermentation?
Not a chance.......
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Thank you guys so much for your replies! I'm having freakouts pretty much about everything. I should probably just not open my fridge till next week.

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Thank you guys so much for your replies! I'm having freakouts pretty much about everything. I should probably just not open my fridge till next week.
When you start to worry, have a beer, if you finish that beer and are still worried, have another. Repeat as necessary, you'll be fine...
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