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Old 11-26-2007, 08:06 PM   #11
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go buy an hydrometer. right now. and post your recipe.

i don't think that anything is wrong with that batch other than fermentation may have been slow.

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Old 11-27-2007, 03:08 PM   #12
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I'll add another vote for a hydrometer reading. If you are going mainly on a lack of airlock activity, the headroom is the problem.

2.5 gal of liquid in a 6.5 gal carboy is a LOT of room to fill up with CO2. Depending on how much is given off, you could nearly complete fermentation and not have enough produced to move the airlock more than a few bubbles. Hydrometer will let you know though.

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Old 11-28-2007, 02:21 AM   #13
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Ok, I got a hydrometer today, and the reading is 1.039.

This is the recipe that I am using.
http://www.mrbeer.com/product-exec/p...n/product_info

I noticed tonight that there is some light bubbling activity. It's barely noticeable, but it is definitely bubbling. The smell is also fine. It doesn't smell like moldy bread or vinegar.

Would it be a good idea to put the carboy in front of a small heater for a while to help the fermentation along, or should I let it keep going like it is now?

Thanks again for everyone's ideas and help.

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Old 11-28-2007, 04:27 AM   #14
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Try researching your yeast. It may be that it likes a higher temperature, but be careful about putting it in front of a heater until you know.

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Old 11-28-2007, 04:43 AM   #15
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Try researching your yeast. It may be that it likes a higher temperature, but be careful about putting it in front of a heater until you know.

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Old 11-28-2007, 05:19 PM   #16
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Since I posted last night, the brew has been happily bubbling away. I'm getting a good sized bubble in the airlock every 10-15 seconds.

I'm not sure why, but moving the carboy from the closet to the counter (Same temperature in both areas) seems to have kick started the fermentation. I'm just not sure why it took 8 days to really start, but oh well.

I'll post an update when I bottle it, and when I first try one.

Thanks again for everyone's help.

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