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Old 12-20-2010, 02:18 AM   #1
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I pitched some White Labs Belgian Golden Ale Yeast in a belgian pale ale with an OG of 1.070. I went away for a few days and when I took a Hydrometer reading tonight it is still at 1.030.

Should I pitch another vial of the same yeast? Do I need to make a starter? Any advice would be appreciated, I thought this batch had potential and am hoping to salvage it.

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Old 12-20-2010, 02:29 AM   #2
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How long is "a few days?" Starting at a high OG, it could take awhile to finish.

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Old 12-20-2010, 02:47 AM   #3
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My Blue moon clone started at 1.072 9 days ago and it's only down to 1.023. The krasen ring is amazing and it's still chugging along. Give it more time.

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before you do anything drastic, just swirl it around and let the yeast wake up. that's if you take another reading in a couple days and the reading is the same

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Old 12-20-2010, 02:54 AM   #5
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Sorry, 5 days to be specific. When I left it was bubbling happily, the temp dropped in the house so I don't know if the yeast was doing it's thing but went dormant, because there were no bubbles in the airlock which was why I measured and found it at 1.030.

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no airlock activity? there are a million posts on here about that. that means very little

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You need to wait at least 2 weeks before any concern is warranted. The bubbling of the airlock (or lack thereof) is not an accurate gauge of fermentation.

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Good to know. I assumed if there was no airlock activity , CO2 was no longer being released because fermentation had ceased.

I am a novice brewer, in my other 5-6 batches fermentation had finished when airlock activity was done.

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Old 12-20-2010, 12:52 PM   #9
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I turned the heat on low overnight and the fermenting bucket warmed back up from 63 to 68. Now there is a bubble about every minute in the airlock.

I know it was just mentioned the airlock is an unreliable guide, but it's a plastic bucket so I'm not sure there's any other way to monitor progress other than taking a hydrometer reading every day but i'm afraid of taking the top off the fermenting bucket too many times.

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Good to know. I assumed if there was no airlock activity , CO2 was no longer being released because fermentation had ceased.

I am a novice brewer, in my other 5-6 batches fermentation had finished when airlock activity was done.
Actually, your fermentation was not finished when airlock activity had ceased but the yeast had ended their sugar eating orgy and were settling down to do some real work. That part of the fermentation is just as important as the very active phase and makes the end product taste much better.
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