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Old 01-07-2006, 02:26 AM   #1
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Default fermentation hasn't started yet?

Okay, I just posted this to the Midwest forum as well so apologies in advance - but I need a little help. I brewed a hefe last night and 24 hours later no airlock movement. I know the temp was well below 80* when I pitched. Can it be too low? Temp in the room where it is sitting is 63-64 degrees. Pretty sure sanitation is not an issue. What to do? Warm bath? Move to warmer room? Hope I can save this sucker . . . thanks all! Oh - and yes I aerated well.

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Old 01-07-2006, 02:30 AM   #2
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Warm it up to 68 and give it some more time. If it doesn't show activity in 72 hours, repitch.

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Old 01-07-2006, 05:16 AM   #3
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Okay - sorry dudes. Guess I jumped the gun. Two hours ago I sat and watched that airlock for a good minute without even the slightest movement. Now it's bubbling its little heart out. I didn't touch anything. Just looked at it. Now it's fermenting. Maybe I willed it happen . . .

Anyway, sorry for the freak out. Never happened to me before.

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Old 01-07-2006, 05:19 AM   #4
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I guess this poses a good question though. How long should one wait without airlock movement before he really should freak out?

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Old 01-07-2006, 06:27 AM   #5
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So unlike a watched pot that never boils, and watched carboy will ferment!

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72 hours is a good rule at 65F. I like to keep my ales around 75F until the yeast are done growing and the bubbling starts.

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I guess this poses a good question though. How long should one wait without airlock movement before he really should freak out?

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Bubbling of an airlock is dependant on having a perfect seal on the fermenter, something that doesn't always happen. I use other clues such as the formation of a krausen, decrease in SG, temperature rise, etc.
To answer your question, I don't even think twice about a 72 hour lagtime- if I'm using a dry yeast that has not been proofed.
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Old 01-07-2006, 06:07 PM   #8
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agree w/ David 42...72 hoursis crunch time.

the yeast was probably a little chilly asnd needed a warm up. it's always better to be at the lower end of the yeast strain ferm temp though. it'll work out great!

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Old 01-08-2006, 04:03 PM   #9
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A starter can always help with lag time. This way the yeast is "awake" and ready to "work". I use liquid yeast and still make a starter 95% of the time.

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good point DragonTail! i'm suprised that wasn't brought up already. :~)

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