Originally Posted by ericjgreen
OK, was chatting with our LHBS guy and he suggested bringing the temp up. he suggested I run a bucket of hot water, and let it sit in there for about 30-45 minutes. His thoughts were that the yeast may need a warmer temp... did as he suggested and it appears to be back on track... getting a bubble every 1-3 seconds now...
i'm not doubting this worked (get the bubbles going) but shocking the yeast temperature wise is not always a good idea, they can produce off flavors. those bubbles are not the best indication of fermentation, just the most visible. i have a fermentation that gave me a 1.020 reading for 4 days straight so i just pitched more yeast and i'll take another reading this weekend to see what that did. raising the temp slowly can help, i'm not sure about hitting it with hot water.