The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Bubbling started!!! ... then stopped

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-22-2008, 08:17 PM   #1
Nickhouse80
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dayton, OH area
Posts: 37
Default Bubbling started!!! ... then stopped

Hello all,

I am very, very, very new to homebrewing. I bought a homebrew "kit" and an "American Light" recipe. I followed the guidelines pretty close but didn't have a thermometer to know the exact temperature of the cooled wort or water to hydrate my yeast. I saw bubbling from my ferminter after about 11 hours and I was pumped! Then I came home and all bubbling had stopped. Can anyone help explain this and have I ruined my beer?

Extremely happy to find this site! Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Nick

__________________
Nickhouse80 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-22-2008, 08:21 PM   #2
bottleopener
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Jinan, China
Posts: 297
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

you should be ok. my first batch did this same thing. what kind of yeast did you use? some can finish up hilariously fast. my Safale-04 was done bubbling (but not fermenting) in around 24 hours.

if you post the yeast strain you used, i'm sure someone more experienced can give further reassurance.

__________________
bottleopener is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-22-2008, 08:23 PM   #3
SkinnyShamrock
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Camp Hill, PA
Posts: 361
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I just did a blonde ale that fermented for about half a day and then stopped. I think you should be fine. Check the gravity on your hydrometer (which you do have, right?) and compare it to the recipe, and as long as it's close, bottle it and wait three weeks and taste it. I'll bet that it's fine. Some yeast just goes nuts for a short period of time and then chills out.

Also, a good thermometer is only like $10. Same thing if you don't have a hydrometer, they're like $20. $30 and you'll probably end up with much better beer.

__________________

Jeff, Brewer, Troegs Brewing Company, Harrisburg, PA

"RDWHAHB, right?"
"No, just do it right, damnit!"

SkinnyShamrock is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-22-2008, 08:27 PM   #4
TheJadedDog
AFK ATM
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
TheJadedDog's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: People's Republic of Cambridge
Posts: 3,323
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts

Default

Not to worry, many brews stop bubbling in a short period of time, that does not mean that fermentation is finished. Airlock bubbling is an inexact way to determine what is really happening with your brew. Let it sit for a full 10 days, then start taking hydrometer readings to determine if it is finished; if the reading remains unchanged on consecutive days, you're ready to bottle.

__________________
And now we go AG!

On Tap: Nadda
Primary: Nadda
Planning: Extra Special Bitter
TheJadedDog is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-22-2008, 08:28 PM   #5
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 60,044
Liked 4202 Times on 3059 Posts
Likes Given: 779

Default

It sounds fine to me. The hardest part comes now- doing nothing until the beer has been in the fermenter for 7-10 days. After that, you can use a sanitized turkey baster or wine thief and take a sample and measure the SG. Then, of course, drink the sample.

Are you planning on using a secondary fermenter, or just going right to bottles?

Oh, and by the way, welcome to HBT!

__________________
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-22-2008, 10:13 PM   #6
Nickhouse80
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dayton, OH area
Posts: 37
Default

Thank you very much for your replies,

I believe the yeast that came with the kit was Munton dried (if that explains anything) but I don't remember anything else about it. I plan on buying a good thermometer in the next day or two. I do have a hydrometer that came with the kit as well. I also plan to use a secondary fermenter because I've read it makes the final product much better. The kit also came with a liquid crystal thermometer that sticks to the side of the fermenter. The batch is hovering right around 72-74 degrees F. How important is the temperature of the brew during fermintation? I figured as long as its pretty close I'll be ok. This was my first batch so I don't expect everything to go perfectly.

__________________
Nickhouse80 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-22-2008, 10:17 PM   #7
malkore
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
malkore's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 6,922
Liked 32 Times on 30 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

temperature during fermentation is pretty critical. too high, and you end up with banana beer. too low, and your yeast may not wake up.

Always let it go at least 7 full days in primary, even if the hydrometer says its 'done' at day 4.

__________________
Malkore
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
Gal in 2009: 27, Gal in 2010: 34, Gal in 2011: 13, Gal in 2012: 10
malkore is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stopped bubbling within the first 24 hours. leapinglords Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 09-23-2009 01:29 AM
When has bubbling stopped? lmacmil Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 12-29-2008 08:52 PM
Started batch Sunday Night - Stopped Bubbling today. mediamst Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 12-04-2007 11:42 PM
Bubbling stopped after 2 days PAbrewer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 04-19-2007 08:23 PM
2nd batch seems to have stopped bubbling - bit soon? kenmc Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 04-27-2005 09:14 PM