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Old 02-05-2013, 10:16 AM   #1
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I am new to brewing beer, but have experimented with Mr. Beer; Here is my issue. I just bought a brand new kit. It has been 56 hours and no activity is occurring in the airlock. I read a few articles and tried to make sure the bucket had a good seal. There is water in the airlock and when I lifted the lifted the lid there is signs of fermentation. Anyway if the airlock never ends up bubbling then when should I transfer to the second stage fermenter. I am brewing an ale and it is at 70 degrees constant and off the floor.

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Old 02-05-2013, 10:36 AM   #2
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Use a hydrometer to tell you when fermentation is complete.
Or just wait a stupid amount of time, like 3-4 weeks.
Airlock activity has no indication or bearing on fermentation.

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Beginner here as well and has the same problem on my first batch. Is the little plastic thing floating in the water? If not, you'll want to add a little bit more water. Or if the water level is find, then the airlock might not stuck in enough. Hope this helps.

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*water level is *fine*

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Old 02-05-2013, 10:43 AM   #5
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after the yeast are done with fermentation, they have other things to do before they're really done.

and yeah, airlock isn't a good indicator of fermentation and after fermentation the yeast do other things before they're done and settle out

I like to give them 3 weeks to finish up before taking final gravity reading and then bottling

I get that you're anxious to see how it turned out and 10-14 days won't make bad beer. but 3 weeks will make better beer

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