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Old 11-29-2013, 02:08 PM   #1
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I completed my 1st AG brewing the other night and felt that everything went well. I'm concerned that there may be nothing happening. Below are my batch specs.

sacch rest @ 153F for 65 min
mash out @ 170F for 10 mins
Boil for 60 mins
Cooled wort to 74F
pitched yeast @ 73F
Wort temp has been between 72-73F since
I forgot to get an OG reading

I went out of town less than 24hrs after pitching and was gone a total of 30hrs, but never noticed any bubbling like in previous batches. There was some condensation in the airlock where there wasn't before. The down side is that it's in a bucket so I can't physically see if anything is happening.

Bad yeast? What are your thoughts? My thought is to ride it out to see what happens.

I appreciate any provided advice.



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Old 11-29-2013, 02:13 PM   #2
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Without out your recipe is hard to estimate what the og would have been. What is the current gravity? Any krausen ring in the bucket?



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Ride it out ... I've had batches that took 24+ hours before I noticed activity after pitching the yeast from the packet (I ferment in Speidel vessels so I can't see too much either). When I aerate the wort real good and use starters, then usually see something going on within 24 hours. I think when I've used lager yeast, it's taken longer to see results as well.

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I completed my 1st AG brewing the other night and felt that everything went well. I'm concerned that there may be nothing happening. Below are my batch specs.

sacch rest @ 153F for 65 min
mash out @ 170F for 10 mins
Boil for 60 mins
Cooled wort to 74F
pitched yeast @ 73F
Wort temp has been between 72-73F since
I forgot to get an OG reading

I went out of town less than 24hrs after pitching and was gone a total of 30hrs, but never noticed any bubbling like in previous batches. There was some condensation in the airlock where there wasn't before. The down side is that it's in a bucket so I can't physically see if anything is happening.

Bad yeast? What are your thoughts? My thought is to ride it out to see what happens.

I appreciate any provided advice.
Bucket lids tend to leak. I.ve fermented many batches w/o seeing a sing,e bubble in the airlock. Crack the lid and check for krausen.
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Old 11-29-2013, 02:31 PM   #5
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I did the Brickwarmer Holiday Red Kit from Northern Brewer and used WLP013 London Ale Yeast. The OG should have been 1.062

Upon further review.....there is a krausen ring.

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I brewed the Brickwarmer for my first AG batch 2 weeks ago also. Just bottled yesterday. FWIW, I hit my gravity on the head and fermented at 68F - it finished out at 1.010 - excellent fermentation.

Mine didn't bubble very heavily either. As long as you are seeing krausen I think you are ok.

Let me know how yours turns out!

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bucket lids tend to leak. I.ve fermented many batches w/o seeing a sing,e bubble in the airlock. Crack the lid and check for krausen.
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I brewed the Brickwarmer for my first AG batch 2 weeks ago also. Just bottled yesterday. FWIW, I hit my gravity on the head and fermented at 68F - it finished out at 1.010 - excellent fermentation.

Mine didn't bubble very heavily either. As long as you are seeing krausen I think you are ok.

Let me know how yours turns out!
Mine finished out at 1.015.....had the first one tonight..very good. The right beer to share for Christmas.


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