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Old 09-14-2008, 09:33 PM   #1
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Default 12 Week after first "yeast pitch" - no head/bubbles

Should we re-pitch the yeast? Beer has been sitting in the mid-70's, and was made from a beginner's kit.

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Old 09-14-2008, 09:34 PM   #2
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"1" week after first yeast pitch...not 12!

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Old 09-14-2008, 09:35 PM   #3
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have you taken a hydrometer reading? What was your recipe/process?

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Old 09-14-2008, 09:36 PM   #4
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Head/bubbles are no indication of anything. The only way to tell if the beer is done is to check with a hydrometer.

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The beer has been in the primary fermenter for 12 weeks and you are not sure if it fermented? Couple of things you need to check/answer.

1) Was the beer in a bucket or glass carboy? If it's in a bucket, the lid could have been loose which is why you didn't see any activity through the airlock.

2) Have you taken any hydrometer readings to determine if fermentation occurred? Even if you didn't have the initial reading, an estimate should have been provided with the kit, and you can check the reading now to see if anything happened.

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Thanks for the fix. 12 weeks seemed like an excessive time.

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No hydrometer reading, and it was a basic paint-by-numbers kit with LME, corn sugar, spaymalt & yeast.

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Ok, so we should take a reading now? What # are we looking for?

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Something that should be lower than about 1.020.

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The hydrometer sinks right to the bottom.....doesn't float. Is it broken?

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