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Old 01-01-2013, 06:50 AM   #11
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Watching the airlock is a good way to stress out. Just relax, don't worry, have a homebrew. Beer is harder to screw up than you'd think.

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Old 01-01-2013, 07:10 AM   #12
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Plastic fermentation bucket. Finished about 8pm last night. Noticed fermentation this morning. Now 24 hours later, fermentation appears very slow. A bubble every 15 seconds. No vigorous bubbling like I remember. Should I be concerned. The brew is an all malt porter kit with Muncies dry yeast.
Things are sooooo much better now. Try getting a quality fresh liquid yeast if available local, or buy a good dry yeast. Do a proper 'starter' easily searched for here, then pitch at an ideal temp. For ale generally around 70 degrees or lower, or for a lager probably 55 or lower. Try this out. Also realize that yeast do a lot more than create alcohol. They also eliminate off-flavors in the right environment and can create horrible flavors if fermented improperly, especially if pitched into a overly warm wort or if the yeast is stressed by the amount of fermentation neccesary.

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Old 01-01-2013, 03:08 PM   #13
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36 hours.. fermentation has ceased. Lid is very tight fitting. I will trust you experts, let it sit for about 5 more days and bottle on Sunday.

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Old 01-01-2013, 03:19 PM   #14
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I would wait a bit longer than 5 days. imo

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Old 01-01-2013, 03:20 PM   #15
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Fermentation has not ceased. Yeast continue consuming other compounds to "clean up" the beer after you see CO2 escaping the air lock. Most people here use a one month primary and then bottle. Your beer needs more time.

I personally use a 7 day primary and 14 day secondary for most. Then a solid week in the keg. That is when my beer starts to get good.

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There is not set time table to bottle. You assume in five days it's ready to bottle. You assume fermentation has stopped because you see no bubbles in the airlock. These may not be safe assumptions to make. Let it sit at least a week. If possible use that time to obtain a hydrometer and measure your gravity. If it has reached a realistic final gravity and is stable over two or three days, it is safe to bottle at that point. That does not necessarily mean it would not benefit sitting for a week or two more. The yeast will definitely clean up some of the by products. I always take a gravity reading at seven days. Most beers are done then, but I let it sit two more weeks beyond that. I take a second gravity reading right before bottling, just to make sure something didn't go wacky and then I keg on that third week. Since my beers are primed with sugar in the keg. I let it sit another month. So, most of my beers are enjoyed, at the earliest at seven weeks of age. Something like a hefeweizen, I would probably just keg once gravity is stable for a few days and I might force carb it, so I can get to it while fresh, but 95% of my beers are probably on a seven week minimum schedule.

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