Originally Posted by ChrisAllenLV
I recently brewed my first batch of beer. I used coopers pale ale. I brewed as instructed and poured the wort into the fermenter. I never really noticed any bubbles in the airlock and couldn't really see any foam at the top. There is some brown cake above the wort line that tells me there must have been foam at some point. I brewed it 3 days ago on Saturday. Should there be foam still and should I have bubbling in the air lock? Thanks for the help!!
There's one sure fire way to test this here. Get yourself a 2 liter bottle. Fill it up with the beer. Drink this in one sitting, try to finish it in 30 minutes (you can do this watching your favorite sitcom!). Repost to us how you feel in 1 hour after starting.
Really though, if you're concerned fermentation never ocured, go get some Nottingham dry yeast for under $2, rehydrate it, and repitch! It won't hurt and if a vigorous fermentation starts, you know you at least hit it right this time, if not, you just missed seeing activity before and were already good! $2 insurance is cheaper than a possible bad batch!