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Old 11-30-2010, 02:31 PM   #1
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I just brewed up the Bee Cave Robust Porter recipe the day after Thanksgiving. Pitched a 2L starter of Wyeast 1028 London Ale--first time I've used this strain. Got some moderate bubbling activity after about 10 hours, but then it shut down cold after less than 48 hours--no bubbling, no Krausen. Conditions did get cold in the cellar--down to about 62F. I also have some Nierra Sevada that has been happily bubbling away (using 1056-no starter, had to install a blowoff) for over a week in the same conditions.

It's obviously way too early to panic/start thinking stuck fermentation and to start fiddling with the batch. I pulled it out to warm it up to 68 or so and gave the fermenter a bit of a shake to rouse the little dudes. I will wait at least a week to take a hydrometer reading.

My question is: is this restrained fermentation characteristic of 1028? Thanks for your input!

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Wyeast site says the temp range for 1028 is 60* - 72*, with an 11% ABV tolerance. Your 2L starter was a good size. What was the wort temp when you pitched ? I have run into some strains that like the higher end of the temp range, rather than the lower end. You might want to move it to a warmer spot and get it around the 70* mark.

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I pitched at 70 and got decent action within 10-12 hours. I have moved it out and it's sitting at 70 right now, but no visible fermentation.

I'll give it a week and then take a hydrometer test. I've got a vial of White Labs British sitting around as well as a pack of Notty--if necessary, I'll throw one of those in.

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Quick update--after about 6 hours at 70, visible fermentation resumed, lasting about a day.

Just tested a few minutes ago: 1.016! Right where it needs to be. Now I'll just let it sit for a week to clean up. Sample tasted incredible, I recommend this recipe for you Porter lovers.

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