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Old 01-11-2007, 11:28 AM   #1
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I think I may have messed up on the APA I made last night. When I was cooling the wort, I had a small problem in the house and the wort cooled more then I wanted it to. I pitched it not thinking there would be a problem at 68*. When I awoke this morning, the float inside the econolock is just sitting flat down on the air spout. The room is 68* and the beer had been sitting in there for 7-8 hrs. I wouldnt worry if I saw the float rise and didnt see bubbling but there is no action from it al all. I raised the temp in the room to try to warm it up and see if that excites the yeast, but what else can I do anything? Thanks.

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Old 01-11-2007, 11:46 AM   #2
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it sometimes takes 24 hrs plus to see bubbles if you didn't pitch a starter.
i would not worry yet

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Old 01-11-2007, 12:48 PM   #3
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My basement is very cool this winter (57-59 F). I have had two batches now where there was no visible activity for 36 hours. Be patient, I think, and everything should be ok.

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Old 01-11-2007, 01:36 PM   #4
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68 is a perfect temp for an APA. Just give your yeast a little time especially if you didn't make a starter.

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Old 01-11-2007, 01:45 PM   #5
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Yeap, the longest one of my APA's went before bubbling was 48+ hours... it was scary but then it took right off. Don't worry until the third day or so, then you want to consider repitching, but I doubt it'll come to that.

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Old 01-11-2007, 03:45 PM   #6
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RDWHAHB!!!Remember this is a hobby and hobbies are for relaxing. Stay sanitary and your in good shape.

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Old 01-11-2007, 04:27 PM   #7
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Ok, I pulled the airlock looked through the hole and there is definatley fermenting going on in the bucket. I would think the airlock is bad or there is a leak, however, when I press the top of the lid a little, the center piece rises and stays there. If there was a leak this wouldnt happen. I am going to change out the airlock just in case, but this isnt all that common is it?

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I never had an air lock go bad. Relax I'm sure that it will be rockin and flossing in no time. Bubbling like mad soon soon soon!!!

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Old 01-11-2007, 05:06 PM   #9
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Problem found! Bad lid. Changed lids and everything is ok. I must of had a small leak in the other lid. Dont get it though this lid just worked fine last week. Hope this beer isnt ruined do to the leak now.

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I am sure you will be just fine. It's not like the entire bucket of wort has been exposed for the past few days. There was a nice cushion of co2 on top of your wort, preventing anything nasty from happening. Now, stop opening your lid "to check" on stuff. That's something I would not due unless necessary. Glad you found the problem.

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