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Old 06-04-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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Default WYEAST London Ale Troubles

About a week ago I brewed the bourbon barrel kit from Midwest, which came with the Wyeast london ale yeast. I popped it before brewing and pitched after the wort came down to 73F. Three days later, there was zero fermentation.

So I went out and bought another pack, pitched again, and now it's been another 3 days with zero fermentation once again. Any advice on what to do next? I properly aerated the wort each time and the pitch temperature was in the desired range.

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Old 06-04-2013, 04:48 PM   #2
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Subscribing. I am fermenting an ESB with this yeast now, it started bubbling within 24 hours of pitch from a starter.

Curious to see if you have taken any gravity readings?

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Old 06-04-2013, 04:50 PM   #3
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Have you taken gravity readings to confirm that no fermentation has occurred?

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Old 06-04-2013, 05:18 PM   #4
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+1 to taking a reading! Airlock activity means nothing really and if your vessel has a leak in the seal that's where all the escaping gasses are going

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Wyeast 1968 (aka, the "cottage cheese yeast") is good stuff, but is quick to flocculate out at cooler temps. I'll run it at 63-64*F the first few days, but then let if rise to 66-68*F after that until done. Nice thing is that when you cold crash it, it drops out like a rock and forms a very firm cake.

Curious as to whether the OP made a starter and, like everyone else, if you have taken any gravity readings.
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Wyeast 1028 London Ale is a workhorse in my home brewery. I've never had it fail to start. I've made over 30 batches from the original smack pack, if not more.

Go ahead and take a gravity reading and go from there.

Wyeast 1968 is "ESB London Ale", not "London Ale".

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Wyeast 1968 is "ESB London Ale", not "London Ale".

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Yep. The OP, however, didn't specify which London Ale strain he used.
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I did take a gravity reading, it was 1.070 both times I measured it. I did not make a starter though.

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Do you remember the date from the yeast pack?

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Any idea what the date was on the smack packs? If this thread is any indication, they shipped you a pack with extremely low viability which would under-perform unless you made a starter.

I've used 1028 a lot and have always had good results. It's a beast and can expected to attenuate very highly. Very slow flocculation is the only thing that keeps me from using it as a house strain.

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