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Old 09-29-2011, 06:37 PM   #1
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Default Airlock acivity continues.

Normally my airlock activity has ceased after about 4 days or so. This time it's continued for 15 days. About three days ago it was every four or five minutes. It hasn't been one of those 4" wide blow off tube events, but has anyone else had airlock activity that went on for a long time? Pete

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Old 09-29-2011, 06:38 PM   #2
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Sure! It might be fermentation, or it might just be super-saturated CO2. There's only one way to know

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Old 09-29-2011, 06:39 PM   #3
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Funny you should say that. Today I walked by a batch that I have not had the time to bottle and I looked at it and there was some movement on the airlock. Mine is not continual, but I was surprised after this long for any activity.

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Old 09-29-2011, 06:42 PM   #4
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Yes... Plenty of times...always just CO2 coming out of suspension... well at least in my case it was. I suppose an infection could do that too or a REALLY big beer. I've also had krausen hang around for over 3 weeks in a fully fermented kolsch.

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Old 09-29-2011, 07:07 PM   #5
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Airlock activity is not a good way to gauge fermentation..If your concerned take a hydrometer or refractometer reading, then another in a couple days.

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Old 09-29-2011, 07:12 PM   #6
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You're getting to about the point you're going to want to condition or bottle. I'd take the hydrometer reading wait 3 days take another if no movement bottle it. Or cold crash, gelatin, or keg whatever you were goipng to do.

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Old 09-29-2011, 07:17 PM   #7
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You can get airlock activity from the weather changing... storms coming in and leaving with high and low pressure systems... Has happend a couple times to me with a couple batches a month after they finished...
Edit: mystery I solved of the missing airlock fluids...lol

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Should mention I used to use cheap vodka in my airlocks and switched to starsan during the spring and have noticed lots of little bubbles in the airlock of finished brews and chalk thoes up as Co2 coming out from vibrations... I also move my buckets or carboys a couple days before racking and notice alot of activity when they start to warm up

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Old 10-06-2011, 10:18 AM   #9
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Bottled the brew in question the other day FG = 1.002 ABV~ 7%. AHS American Pale Ale w/booster...

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