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Old 02-26-2009, 09:11 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

first time here and first time brewing. So I went ahead and did all the things i was supposed to do (extract style brew) on saturday the 21st, it only bubbled the air lock a bit, maybe a day. I am using a bucket with a lid and lock, i was waiting to see if it would take off, nothing, i took a reading at the beginning of 1.040. so today i checked it not much activity with a reading of 1.020, no visible sign of mold, slime or any of that. room temp is about 68 degrees. question is wait or chalk it up as a loss.

on another note, as the first batch did not seem to be doing much and i will not be beat, i started another yesterday in a glass carboy and it is just bubbling away, seems to be a very addictive hobby. LOL any advice would be good.

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Old 02-26-2009, 09:14 PM   #2
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Lack of airlock activity doesn't mean that there's no fermenting going on. Leave it alone through the fermenting period, and go by the hydrometer readings.

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Leave it alone. Forget you even have a fermenter for a couple of weeks, then take a hydrometer reading. If it gets stuck at 1.020 for a week, gently swirl the fermenter to get the yeast roused and leave it for another week.

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Old 02-26-2009, 10:56 PM   #4
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Like everyone will say the airlock is not a fermentation gauge. The hydrometer tells the truth. I brewed my second batch and put it in a primary and the airlock NEVER bubbled at all. I let it sit in the primary for 4 weeks and bottled it, of course the hydrometer reading had dropped from 1.068 to 1.011. I had one about an hour ago and it is very good.
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Old 02-26-2009, 11:25 PM   #5
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well thanks, pretty much what i wanted to hear, gona pu that on the back burner LOL

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