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Old 09-05-2013, 09:49 AM   #1
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Default Doctor please Diagnose this Photo!!!

Hello! I have been in primary fermentation for 4 days. No airlock activity and I am a little worried. Someone said I need to open it to see what is going on in there. Please take a look at the photo...

It is winter and it fermented at 14C/58F. I am trying to get the temp up.

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Old 09-05-2013, 09:59 AM   #2
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It looks like a wort completely fermented(there are signs of the foam on the edges) , take a gravity reading ;-)

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Old 09-05-2013, 10:06 AM   #3
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Relax. It looks fine. The residue on the side of the bucket indicates you had some krausen that has since fallen back into the beer. If you are really nervous, pull a sample and take a gravity reading.

Don't make the mistake of equating airlock bubbles with fermentation. CO2 may have been escaping from around the lid, or around the sides of the airlock. The only way to determine if your beer is fermenting is by taking gravity readings and observing changes in the specific gravity.

Tell that someone to leave your beer alone.

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Can a beer ferment completely in 4 days? I think it is just under 5 gallons and I used (Rehydrated) SafAle s-04...

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Completely in four days? Absolutely possible. Usually there are a few points left that the yeast churns through and cleans up the beer. But the visible signs of fermentation can be over fairly quickly. Just did a 1.084 beer that had the krausen drop after 2 days. Your fine and you made beer...hooray for beer!

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Try not to open up the fermenter if possible. You risk an infection though don't freak out, your probably fine. Also, fermenting at 58 really means the beer was fermenting at 63-67. There is internal heat during the fermentation process. My basement is a constant 58 in the winter and I love it for cleaner yeast profiles

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My husband just had his first beer that fermented in 4 days. We thought the yeast died so he re pitched it, and it didn't last long. A couple hours, maybe.

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Yes it has fermented, see the left over krausen on the sides. Leave it alone for another week and a half or 3 then take gravity readings to confirm FG then package.

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Especially with s-04. In my experience, that yeast chews through wort quickly

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Post a picture of the bottom edge of your bucket lid.

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