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Old 10-17-2008, 03:24 PM   #1
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I've got bubbles but no krausen! Just a few little specs on top of the beer. No krausen line at all. Every batch that I've ever done has been over the fermentation hump in about 4-6 days. It's been 5 days on this stout that I brewed on Sunday and I still don't have krausen! I've never had an infection (except for the one I earned when I was 21 spending 3 weeks in Puerto Rico... ) but I digress.... WTF!?

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Old 10-17-2008, 06:17 PM   #2
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let it ride out. everyone always panics- your beers fine. Whats was you SG and whats the gravity reading now? Do yourself a favor and before you worry about it take a gravity reading and compare to the previous one.

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Old 10-17-2008, 06:35 PM   #3
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Yeah...have you used your hydrometer yet?

It may have finished out already....or it could be stuck...remember, "Think evaluaton before action (or panic.)"

And also remember no 2 fermentations are ever the same...we're dealing with living organisms here.

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Old 10-17-2008, 08:45 PM   #4
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All of my fermentations have been pretty similar. I know if it's stuck it wont bubble. However, this is bubbling but not krausening. It's been doing this for about 4 days. I aerate with pure O2 also. My starting OG is 1.062. I usually let my average OG beers sit for about a month and a half before racking to keg so I never take successive hydro readings. I only take one for the FG. I've brewed at least 100 batches and I've never had this happen.... I never dump and always relax, constantly drinking homebrew.

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Its fine...i had a beer do this to me...absolutley NO krausen but it was fermenting and it turned out great. But I was freaking out unlike you...you are staying calm

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Haha, I'm more curious than anything. It's a Mint Dark Chocolate Stout that I'm brewing for Xmas. So, if it's infected, which has never happened to me, then I need to start another one. But I'll let it ride

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So what ever happened to this beer? Was it fine? I'm having the same thing going on now, and I just figured it was because of the chocolate. I see yours is a chocolate beer too, so maybe that's the problem. It's fermenting nicely, although I haven't used my hydrometer yet, but I can see plenty of action going on.

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I wonder if there is any extra oils in the chocolate that could be preventing bubbles from forming...

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I used 04, so I was expexting to see some action. I think like homer said, the fat from the chocolate is preventing the krausen to form. I thought I read on another thread that someone did a chocolate stout that blew tje lidd off their fermenter and blew krausen all over the place. They even warned of violent fermentation. It looks like there's an oil slick on top so I think the chocolate is the culprit. Ill give it 2 weeks and take a hydro sample to see what's going on in there

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