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Old 09-07-2010, 10:55 PM   #1
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Default Pitched yeast 24 hrs ago but no sign of fermentation

I pitched a yeast starter that I made which had a o.g. of 1.026 24hrs ago into a 5 gal. batch of IPA with an O.G. of 1.072 and I don't see any signs of fermentation 24 hours later. Should I be freakin' out right now? What should I do?

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Old 09-07-2010, 11:04 PM   #2
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First, you should panic. Then you should do something to get your heart rate up and make you edgy. I suggest STRONG coffee...and don't go for any of that decaf crap here! Finally, if you feel the need to cry do it. It can only help. Am I right?

Alternatively, you can RDWHAHB and check it again at 36 hours and see how it's doing. Do something to calm your nerves in the meantime. Personally, I enjoy building small paper houses and setting them on fire with a lighter. Really helps to take the edge off!

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Old 09-07-2010, 11:10 PM   #3
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what does RDWHAHB mean?

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Relax, Don't Worry, Have a Homebrew!

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Old 09-07-2010, 11:26 PM   #5
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How big of a problem is it if I under-pitched? Because I read that a yeast starter should have a gravity of at least 1.040 so the yeast has plenty fermentables to multiply. I made a 2L starter with one cup of DME and got a gravity reading of 1.026 should I have used more DME?

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Old 09-07-2010, 11:27 PM   #6
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go to beginners section. read stickys. drink many beers and don't touch that carboy for three weeks.

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Damn shooter, the very next post? Seriously?

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You are freaking out, step away from the beer, it will take a while, RDWHAHB for another week. Actually, it is probably fermenting now and you don't know it . . . . Someone said once you could take a hydrometer reading to check this . . . . I wouldn't worry about that either for another week.

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Damn shooter, the very next post? Seriously?
My bad, thought it was only SWMBO we worried about!

Oh, and EAC!
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:43 PM   #10
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ok, It's just that my last two batches which I pitched yeast starters into fermentation started pretty quickly, one batch was spitting yeast krausen through the blow-off hose within 14 hours. So I kind of was expecting the same thing with this batch.

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