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Old 11-07-2005, 01:14 PM   #1
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Hi all, first time poster from Australia. I've only done a few brews in the past which turned out okay. I've just started up again as summer soon kicks in here.

Anyway, i've put down 2 brews, an Amber Ale (currently bottled) and a Beljian Ale (in the fermenter). I noticed that the airlock isn't bubbling. The first batch i measured with a hydrometer and the SG levels had dropped over 4-5 days so after 6 days (temp around 26 C ... i mean 79 F) i bottled.

For the second batch I used PVC tape around the rubber grommet as i suspected the tiniest of chips in the plastic ... still it hasn't bubbled.

Firstly, in your years of experience, will the beer turn out okay if I follow all other procedures correctly despite the lack of bubbling?

Secondly, should I try replacing the O-ring and/or grommet or should i just get a whole new lid altogether?

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Old 11-07-2005, 01:28 PM   #2
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Was there any noticeable krausen? If so, then your yeast is active. You then could wait a couple days and see if the gravity measurements change.

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It sounds like your lid isn't sealing all the way around. As long as the fermentation is active (ie, krausen, gravity dropping), the escaping CO2 should prevent anything getting in, so it should be safe.

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If you are using a plastic bucket, the easiest way to check the seal is to press lightly (one finger) on the lid and see if the airlock level (bubbler) changes. If you can't get the lid to seat properly, replace it.

Bubbles are good, but the SG changes are what matters.

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Old 11-10-2005, 12:00 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tips. I'll get a new lid. Hopefully the current batches turn out all right.

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let me ask the stupid question here....you did put water in the airlock didnt you?

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let me ask the stupid question here....you did put water in the airlock didnt you?
lol yes i did.
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My airlock isn't bubbling but the lid looks like is ready to explode so I removed the airlock to let the air go out. How important is to have an airlock on? Is it OK to do the same method to let the air out or wait till the airlock starts bubbling? Thanks.

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My airlock isn't bubbling but the lid looks like is ready to explode so I removed the airlock to let the air go out. How important is to have an airlock on? Is it OK to do the same method to let the air out or wait till the airlock starts bubbling? Thanks.
Can you see the krausen building up? If it reached your airlock, it could have clogged it and is increasing the pressure and could blow your lid off, makes a big mess. Typically for a best practice tip, it is good to install a blow off tube, can usually stick it over the outlet of a three piece airlock, and have it going into a gallon jug filled partially with a StarSan solution for the first 48 to 72 hours, then you can switch back to the regular airlock.

I would remove the airlock though and make sure it is not clogged or you could end up with a mess.
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The first batch i measured with a hydrometer and the SG levels had dropped over 4-5 days so after 6 days (temp around 26 C ... i mean 79 F) i bottled.



Was the gravity steady at that 6 day point?
Also, allowing the beer to sit for a while longer will reward you. (couple weeks at least)
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