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Old 07-17-2010, 04:37 PM   #1
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48 hours ago I pitched Wyeast 3191 Berliner Weisse into two 5 gallon batches of Hefe. The pitching temp was perfect as is the fermenting temp. But I'm showing no signs of fermentation yet. Should I just relax and let it happen?

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Old 07-17-2010, 04:45 PM   #2
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Yes. Relax. I've seen it take three or four days before fermentation starts. This is why it's so important to pitch a nice sized starter. If you didn't make one this time, just take and extra 15 minutes a few days before you brew to make one next time. You'll be suprised how much it helps.

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Old 07-17-2010, 06:48 PM   #3
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Cool thanks. Will go with the starter next time, I usually do but I was just Lazy this time.

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Just to bring this back up--

Wyeast does NOT recommend a starter with this blend since it is designed to allow the lacto to produce some lactic acid before the saccharomyces kicks in, which is why there is delayed fermentation. Doing a starter will alter this.

Also, if the berliner-weisse is true to style, you'll be pitching the packet on wort that is probably below the gravity of most starters.

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What do you consider a sign of fermentation anyway?

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/fermentation-can-take-24-72-hrs-show-visible-signs-43635/, and by visible signs we don't necessarily mean a bubbling airlock.

It IS a sticky at the top of the beginners forum for a reason, afterall.

As already stated in the linked sticky, Fermentation often can take up to three days to start. And by visible signs they do NOT mean airlock bubbling.


After 72 hours take a hydro reading....until then relax.

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Well after 72+ hours it finally got going. I knew I should have just relaxed.

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Well after 72+ hours it finally got going. I knew I should have just relaxed.
Just out of curiosity, what was your recipe?
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The extract kit from Northern Brewer. I wanted it to be my summer session(got a late start) so I did 10 gallons, and even though the summer is slipping away I live in Florida so it will still be hot when its ready.

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