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Old 05-06-2013, 02:27 AM   #1
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Default Air lock not moving at all after 30 hours

It has been 30 hours since I pitched the yeast on a belgian wheat beer. The yeast was from white labs. There has not been any sign of fermentation from the air lock (I know a common question) so I took a look inside to find that it had a nice rocky head on the beer. So im assuming it's fermenting, but why is the air lock not bubbling? I checked the temperature on some wine I have next to it and it was 67 degrees. Could it just be fermenting that slow? Thanks. This board has been extremely helpful.

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Old 05-06-2013, 02:29 AM   #2
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buckets leak

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Old 05-06-2013, 02:33 AM   #3
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The yeast is alive. Your airlock died.

Or ok, yeah, a bucket leak.

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Old 05-06-2013, 02:46 AM   #4
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I pushed down on the lid softly before I opened the bucket and the air lock reacted like it should. Is that not a reliable way of checking for a bucket leak?

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Old 05-06-2013, 04:38 AM   #5
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I pushed down on the lid softly before I opened the bucket and the air lock reacted like it should. Is that not a reliable way of checking for a bucket leak?
Mmmmm, not really. pressing down on the lid puts all the pressure on the lid and not where the leak is.

I *think* the only way to check for a leak is to remove the airlock and seal the opening and then press down on the lid. (If there isn't a leak you shouldn't be able to.)

Or you could do a brew with the opening sealed-- when your fermenter explodes you look at the rupture; if it originated from one specific location then you had a leak-- if it got turned to ribbons then you didn't.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:33 PM   #6
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You could try stirring it up a little. I sometimes have problems with my lock not going so whenever that happens I take a stirrer that attaches to power drill and stir it up nice and good then replace the lock. Are you using a plastic or glass fermenter?

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If you've secured your lid all the way around the bucket, the probable culprit might be the gasket holding the airlock. Two days into primary fermentation this weekend, I discovered that mine had split and CO2 was escaping around instead of through my airlock. Fortunately had a spare sitting around to replace it.

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Thanks for the input guys

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Aside from the leak potential, if you're doing a small batch (say 3 gallon batch in a 6 gallon bucket), it could take awhile to get enough pressure to show up on the airlock. You didn't state the batch size so I didn't assume.

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What was your OG? What does your hydrometer say now?

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