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Old 01-28-2014, 09:01 PM   #1
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I got anxious and pitched the yeast into the bucket when the wort was still quite warm, around 90 degrees. It fermented like crazy for 2-3 days then stopped. It has been in the fermenter 5 days with little to no activity. This was to be a honey pale ale but it is quite dark.

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Old 01-28-2014, 09:09 PM   #2
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Probably not. Time will tell.

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Old 01-28-2014, 09:33 PM   #3
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When you mention "activity" do you mean the airlock was bubbling? If that is the case then know that you shouldn't use the airlock as a judge of fermentation progress. I've fermented brews with nary a bubble and they turned out fine. The best test is to take a gravity reading with a hydrometer. I say let it sit for a few weeks and proceed as normal.

Out of curiosity what style of beer was it and what yeast were you using?

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Old 01-28-2014, 09:48 PM   #4
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Yes, by activity I meant lots of bubbling in the airlock. It was to be a honey pale form the White House, Obama's beer.

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Old 01-28-2014, 09:50 PM   #5
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The yeast type I cant remember, I bought it at my local brew shop.

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Old 01-28-2014, 09:51 PM   #6
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Your yeast were working fine since it was active. I don't think 90 degrees killed them, just got them hungry/very active. What is your gravity reading?

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Check your gravity and compare it to your original sample. Its the only way to truly tell if you are fermenting.

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Airlock activity doesn't mean it's stuck, stopped, or anything... Check gravity. If you get your recipe final then your good. How long has it been there. I usually leave mine for 3 to 4 weeks.

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It's been in for 5 days now. I am brand new to this, I love it.... I don't know how to measure the gravity and what to look for. A real newbie sorry.

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It's been in for 5 days now. I am brand new to this, I love it.... I don't know how to measure the gravity and what to look for. A real newbie sorry.
NP, 5 days is way too early... always leave it in longer than you want to, and then leave it in for longer than that. Are you doing a secondary? Measure gravity by using a hydrometer, did you get one with your kit?
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