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Old 01-02-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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I brewed a Robust Porter yesterday with an OG of 1.064. After cooling I pitched two packs of Safale S-04. I didn't rehydrate. As of now, 14 hours after pitching, a krausen has formed but there hasn't been any airlock bubbles or anything yet. Is this normal?

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Krausen means it's fermenting, no airlock activity doesn't mean anything bad. Do not use the airlock as a fermentation indication tool. It's possible that the fermenter isn't sealed properly causing no activity in the airlock. Are you using a bucket or carboy?

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Leaky bucket.
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If I do have a leaky bucket, will this cause significant problems throughout the course of my fermentation?

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If I do have a leaky bucket, will this cause significant problems throughout the course of my fermentation?
Nope. Wouldn't worry about it at all. IT's pretty common for buckets, especially new ones, to leak around the seals. If there's krausen, you're golden. CO2 will push its way out and keep anything else out. No worries.
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Krausen means it's fermenting, no airlock activity doesn't mean anything bad. Do not use the airlock as a fermentation indication tool. It's possible that the fermenter isn't sealed properly causing no activity in the airlock. Are you using a bucket or carboy?
I would alter that statement to :

"Do not use the airlock as THE ONLY fermentation indication tool."

For bucket users, if no airlock activity after 24 hours, you might want to take a peek inside the bucket to visually see what might be going on.

One of my first brews failed to start and I received the same "dismiss airlock activity" advice so I left it alone. Ten days later I took a look, and a hydrometer reading, and no fermentation had happened. I wish I would have looked in the bucket sooner but being a new brewer I didn't know any better.
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You have two packs of dry yeast in the bucket, and you already have krausen. I would say you're good.

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