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Old 03-06-2006, 02:11 PM   #11
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If I don't get any bubblin' action in the next day and a half, should I try aerating again?

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Old 03-06-2006, 02:24 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the input!

My gas stove really sucks... Sometimes getting a full pot of water to boil takes a bit longer then it should... I had a heck of a time getting this to boil much at all... I only had 1 1/2 gallons of water in there!

Wow, that does sound pretty bad. You probably know this, but it's fairly common for gas ranges to have higher and lower output burners. Are you sure you're using the highest BTU burner?
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If I don't get any bubblin' action in the next day and a half, should I try aerating again?
No! If you're convinced that there's no fermentation then pitch additional yeast. It can take three or fours days to see visible signs of fermentation, relying just on airlock action is unreliable.
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No! If you're convinced that there's no fermentation then pitch additional yeast. It can take three or fours days to see visible signs of fermentation, relying just on airlock action is unreliable.
Cool, thanks for the tip
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Old 03-07-2006, 12:26 AM   #15
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Hey there...

Well I came home today and the air-lock was bubbling like mad! (yay... even blew the cap off)... I can see little yeasties floatin' everywhere.

There are only 2 questions I have now (due to excessive paranoia)

1.) The head is much darker now then before... this is normal right, considering the style of beer this will be? (nut brown ale)

2.) When I smelled right above the bung I could smell the beer (which had a bit of a sharp scent... prolly normal cuz it still smelled good)... but since I could smell it, does that mean that it's not air-tight?

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your beer's doing great....relax

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2.) When I smelled right above the bung I could smell the beer (which had a bit of a sharp scent... prolly normal cuz it still smelled good)... but since I could smell it, does that mean that it's not air-tight?

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It's not supposed to be air tight--the job of the airlock is to let the CO2 out and not let air in. The reason you smell it is because you're smelling all the gas the fermenting beer is generating and sending out the airlock.

The main thing you need to do now is have a beer.
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Old 03-07-2006, 01:58 AM   #18
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You guys are probably right...

I apologize for my paranoia... i've been wanting to brew beer for years and finally mustered up the cash (and talked my wife into it... that was the hard part). Just wanna make sure my first experience is a good one!

okay, i'll stop now =) time for a brew.

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I apologize for my paranoia...
No need to apologize...every one of us here has been through the same thing.

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2.) When I smelled right above the bung I could smell the beer
Next time you're right above that bung, go ahead and give it a lick...it'll drive that airlock wild.
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Next time you're right above that bung, go ahead and give it a lick...it'll drive that airlock wild.
haha! i'll do that
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