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Old 04-07-2009, 05:31 AM   #1
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I am having some questions about this beer i made last night. The beer is a california Common using Wyeast Propagator 2112 Cal Lager. I put the yeast in the fridge for about aweek waiting to free up a primary vessel once I had one free I poulled it out to smack and rise and I noticed that the contence was slightly slushy, not frozen by any means but definately slushy I could shake the pack with no problem it was just really cold. I didn't think much of it so I smacked the pack and let it sit for about 8 hours then made a started. I let the starter go for about 28 hours before pitching it. During the 28 hours the starter only bubbled for about 5 hours in the middle of the 28 hours and then stopped, since it did bubble I figured it was fine, brewed the beer cooled and pitched. It has now been 24 hours since I pitched it and I have no action what so ever from the yeast that I can see, it is in a white bucket so all I have to go by is the bubbler but it has not moved. My question is should I buy another propagator and make a starter to pitch or am I jumping the gun?

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Old 04-07-2009, 05:54 AM   #2
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I'd wait at least 72 hours before pitching again. Also, no bubbles does not always mean no activity. You may have a leak, the only way to be sure is to check to see if your gravity moves with a hydrometer.

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Old 04-07-2009, 06:06 AM   #3
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I agree. Give it some more time. Even if there isn't a leak the entire volume of your beer has to become saturated with CO2 before it starts to off gas into the air above it and start that bubbler moving.

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Old 04-07-2009, 06:11 AM   #4
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dont worry it will go! it may just take some time i had a california Common take 50hrs to start once ,, it had me all sorts of worryed but in the end it turned out fine.

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Old 04-07-2009, 06:13 AM   #5
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Lager yeast seems to take a little bit longer to start. Do you have it at a cool temperature? If you do it could take longer than if you start it warm. (I can't say which is better, warmer or cooler because I've only brewed 3 lagers and they are still lagering.)

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Old 04-07-2009, 04:19 PM   #6
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It is in a cool place so it may take longer. I am fairly new, this is my 15th or so batch so just wanted some thought from a pro or two. Thanks I will let it go for a while, I am using a brand new bucket top on this one so it could be leaking, I have never used it before so I wouldn't know.

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Old 04-08-2009, 04:23 PM   #7
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I changed the bubbler last night and it started bubbing away! Stupid double bubbler!! Thanks for consoling me fellas!

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