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Old 03-01-2009, 03:55 PM   #1
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Just brewed my first batch last Sunday & realized today (one week later) that I failed to fill the air lock half way with water ... Its a Northern Brown Ale which has been fermenting at 64-66 degrees F all week ... Just added water to the air lock earlier this morning.

What can I expect ... Has anyone done this B4 ... Now that I've filled it with water, should I allow more time to ferment - if so, any idea how many more days ???

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Old 03-01-2009, 03:59 PM   #2
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From my little understanding, you are fine. You just missed out on seeing the bubbles; nothing more. Now, if you are like me, that is probably one of my favorite things about brewing beer. However, other than aesthetic reasons, bubbling in the airlock is virtually worthless.

But, I am a noob. Other vets may have better info for you.

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Old 03-01-2009, 04:01 PM   #3
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Welcome to HBT!

Lots of folks have forgotten to add water to the airlock but your beer will be fine. It's very hard to mess up beer!

I like to leave my beers in the primary longer than most. Since this is your first batch, it will be harder for you because of new brewer impatience. Let your beer sit for at least 10 days to a week then take a hydrometer reading. Are you planning on moving it to secondary? If so, after it has reached its final gravity, it's ready to transfer. If you are using primary only, leave it three weeks and bottle that baby up.

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Let your beer sit for at least 10 days to a week
I think you have probably had enough to drink for today.
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I think you have probably had enough to drink for today.
Now that's a concept that I don't understand.

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Top it off to the fill mark and wait for another week if not two. Then check your gravity if you have a hydrometer & test vile.

If you don't have one you should wait patiently to let it finish. I'd buy one asap. Its best to use one to verify fermentation is complete.

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Not enough coffee for my tired brain. I meant 2 weeks!
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Thanks Guys !!!

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