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Old 09-08-2005, 02:35 AM   #1
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Hey all,
well, I have a problem with my ginger beer. I just pitched the trappist yeast today at around 3. I would have expected to see some air lock bubbles by now. Nuthing. I'm gettin worried. Any ideas?
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Old 09-08-2005, 02:37 AM   #2
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Relax, have a brew, and check it in the morning.

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Old 09-08-2005, 03:15 AM   #3
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How many times do we have to repeat - make a starter? Just wait until tomorrow like the last post recommended.

When you make a starter a day or two before brew day you'll know the yeast is viable. Then you can brew and pitch when the temp is low enough.

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Old 09-08-2005, 03:32 AM   #4
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i'll check again in the morning. If no go then i'll head out to lhbs and get another packet and a jug to make a starter with.... hehe... and probably more ingrediants knowing me. Lacking the container for a starter right now. However, it was a 'activator' pack, and it did swell up. Some... not a lot. Not a ballon, but seemed to have more gas in it, in the 3 hours I gave it. I'm a bit worried cause i have read either here or on another board about ppl who had ferment problems with ginger. It's used in a few recipies i've read so i figure it gotta work, but did run across a statement about it. We'll c.
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Aha! You didn't say you had a smak pak. I think you'll bo OK. No reason to make another starter. It should be really active in the morning.

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still nodda. Damn. Looks like I'm off to the supply... o woe is me

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Sorry to hear about your loss.

As you can see this is the prime example of why you should make a starter with your yeast regardless of the form it comes in including the smak paks.

I hope others learn from your mistake.

It's better to make a starter first then pitch it into wort then the other way around...

Better luck next time.

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If you're using a bucket, then peek before you go get more yeast. I never saw one bubble in my first batch...after twenty four hours I couldn't stand it anymore and took the lid off and looked. The krauzen had already come and mostly gone, just leaving a thick ring around the side and a little foam in the middle. Sometimes those buckets just don't hold air all that well.

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It's better to make a starter first then pitch it into wort then the other way around...
You've sure made a believer out of me.
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Ya, I am using a bucket, and I did peek. didn't seen any activity. I just got back from the supply. Women there said i might still see it start up by tonight. If not, to pick up a packet of yeast incase. So I got some more yeast. And I got a jug to make a starter in. And got some ingrediants for a English bitter... lol... I knew I would. I'll make the starter tonight.

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