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Old 07-08-2008, 11:55 PM   #1
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I brewed a Kolsch Saturday....I started my morning at 7am and went ahead and smacked my smack pack of Kolsch yeast. I did a lot of things that day and didnt get through with brewing till 9pm....by this time(I made sure the smack pack pocket had busted earlier) the pack was still the same size as 7 am....I went ahead and pitched it anyway...I put the ferment. in my chest freezer and set the regulator to 60-62 putting the beer at about 63-64 (good Kolsch temp)..It is now Tues. and still no airlock action. Should I wait it out or pitch more yeast....what kind of yeast can I use instead of Kolsch yeast( I have an oreder coming in Fri ..Notingham and Muntons dry) PLEASE give me a little advise sO I can use this weekend to do my brewathon with a clear head!!!!

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Old 07-09-2008, 12:02 AM   #2
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The last smack pack I did didn't burst the nutrient packet even though I hit it pretty hard. First advice; relax, man! Is this a bucket or carboy? If it's a bucket, crack the lid and see if there's krausen on top of the wort.

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Old 07-09-2008, 12:07 AM   #3
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Its a bucket...and no there is no Krausen...

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Old 07-09-2008, 12:43 AM   #4
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Have you taken a gravity reading to see if it's changed?

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Old 07-09-2008, 12:54 AM   #5
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yes....seems to be very little if any change..

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Old 07-09-2008, 01:27 AM   #6
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I also brewed a Kolsch recently and the smack pack didn't swell very much after 2 days. I made a starter and even it took a day to start. I pitched at 65F and fermentation took off within 24 hours.

I would think if you knocked the temp up a bit in the freezer it might get things going...but I don't know.

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Old 07-09-2008, 01:29 AM   #7
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Think I sould pitch more yeast...if so I dont have anymore Kolsch style yeast(no LHBS in the area)...will dry muntons work????

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EdWort...Bobby M any suggestions???

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Old 07-09-2008, 01:40 AM   #9
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Think I sould pitch more yeast...if so I dont have anymore Kolsch style yeast(no LHBS in the area)...will dry muntons work????
Muntons will give you a very different beer from a Kolsch...but it will give you beer...which is something you may not have at the moment.

I have had beers take 3 days to start fermenting before and everything turned out fine. I was terrified the whole time, but everything was fine. So, I would be tempted to bump the temp up a little and give it another day.
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Old 07-09-2008, 01:41 AM   #10
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what you need to do is take it outside to the nearest fruit orchard, put some cheesecloth over the opening and let it take in the wild yeast from the air. That should get it fermenting.....

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