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Old 10-07-2008, 03:44 AM   #1
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I just did my first Noobie 5 (6 actually) gallon brew; a Cooper's Ale.

I made some 1st class dumb-A mistakes that may infect the brew. We shall see.
(hint: use a good quality can opener )


Can someone tell me how many bubble per minute in the airlock would mean a vigorous fermentation? 8 hours after pitching the yeast mine is at about 60 per minute. Does this correlate with anything?

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Old 10-07-2008, 03:53 AM   #2
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Do not pay attention to the airlock!!!

You are allowed to look at the beer. Nothing else. Leave it in the fermenter for at least 2 weeks. 3 would be better.

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Don't worry about how many bubbles. Bubbles per minute really means nothing.

And your beer is fine. Don't worry.

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Does this correlate with anything?
It means that 60 times a minute you get to giggle like a little girl at your beer....Nothing more...nothing less.

If you're can opener sucks...be glad you used it before the boil. (Boiling kills the germs that infect the beer)

Now...Leave it alone!

You got your next recipe picked out?
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As the guys have stated, it doesn't really correlate to anything. It does tell you that you've got nice fermentation going. I've made about 100 batches of beer and believe me I still check regularly to see if I'm getting lots of nice bubbling. I don't count bubbles nor does it give you any indication whether your beer is finished, it's just fun to watch.
(Yes BK, I giggle like a little girl when I see it. )

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Watching Apfelwein ferment, now that's cool. First time I've ever fermented in anything see through. Those bubbles are hypnotic.










Primary: Apfelwein
Bottled: Holiday Ale
Thinking about: Irish Red or Porter

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I have way to much time on my hands so I set up a batch of sugar water that was fermenting and tried different airlocks and different amounts of water. I was able to get anywhere from 5 bubbles to 120 bubbles a minute. Just by changing the water level or the airlock type. They are fun to watch and I still find myself counting but as everyone says it does not mean anything. Look at all the posts where someone says they had no activity but after 2 weeks took the SG and it was 1.005. There is nothing the bubbles in an airlock can tell you other then they are pretty to watch and its an excuse to giggle like a school girl.

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You got your next recipe picked out?
Yep. I want to do a red ale along the lines of Samuel Adams Irish Red. Trying to decide what to brew is almost as much fun as brewing.

Thanks for the great answers.
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Those bubbles are hypnotic.
the resulting beverage is quite intoxicating!
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The amount of bubbles really tells you nothing about your beer. My last pale ale I brewed bubbled very slowly from what I saw, but was fully fermented in 4 days.

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