I started doing homework after my first extract w/grains lager brew (mistake 1)...and discovered that I underpitched my lager with 1 Wyeast 2206 Activator pkg (no starter - mistake 1B). I brewed this on Tusday and pitched at about 1 pm. After realizing that I underpitched (and that I had no way to get more lager yeast until wed night), I kept the fermenter at 70-71 for 36 hours. I did aerate well (5 min) with a drill-attached stir rod.
Although there were no visible signs of ferm. after 36 hours (no airlock activity, no kruasen), my gravity last night was 1.03. Although I did not take a starting gravity reading (Mistake 2), Beersmith 2.0 pegged it at 1.049. In addition, though loose measurement, I used slightly more grain and extract than the recipe called for. So, I assume the starting gravity was at least 1.049 if not slightly higher. This lead me to the conclusion that fermentation was happening and when I applied a bit of pressure to the bucket lid, I did get some bubbles (twice, an hour apart).
I moved this into the ferm chamber last night at 65 degrees and plan on dropping 5 degrees every 12-18 hours until I get to 50 degrees. I can get more yeast tonight and pitch it (either a similar whilte labs strain or safalager), but at this point, am I better off just letting this thing run its course and seeing what happens?
Thanks in advance.