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Old 08-09-2012, 12:57 AM   #11
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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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Old 08-09-2012, 03:43 AM   #12
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My airlocks have barely shown activity for all of my brews, 11 total, and all but 1 has fermented all the way down. I try not to get too excited about that, but it is hard each time to think that the yeasts are doing what they are supposed to be with such little activity. Like others have said, relax and let them do their thing then check later.

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Old 08-09-2012, 01:16 PM   #13
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As people say all the time on this forum - the airlock isn't a fermentation indicator - it's just a gas valve. Don't look at your airlock to determine what your beer is doing. Look at the krausen and the gravity.

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Old 08-09-2012, 03:47 PM   #14
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Look at the krausen and the gravity.
It doesn't mess with the fermentation process to open it up too soon to take readings? How long should I wait?
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It doesn't mess with the fermentation process to open it up too soon to take readings? How long should I wait?
I don't think you will effect the fermentation process. The risk of infection is the reason I 'try' not to open the bucket. I just started a Whiskey Barrel Stout and my blowoff was not bubbling after 4 days. Opened the lid and had foam, so I closed it and drank a few Torpedo clones. Like Ron Popeil says, 'Set it, and forget it!'!
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:11 PM   #16
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It doesn't mess with the fermentation process to open it up too soon to take readings? How long should I wait?
No it doesn't as long as you practice proper sanitation, I spray my hands and the lid with Star San prior to opening. But, as I stated earlier I would wait at Lear a week before doing anything, this will allow any remaining fermentation to finish and also give the beer a chance to clear and krausen to drop.
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So... Waiting it is.

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A Torpedo would be nice though.

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