Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway - Last Chance to Enter!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Fermentation can take 24 to 72 hrs to show visible signs.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-03-2009, 07:28 PM   #261
packas
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ireland
Posts: 10
Default fermentation slowed to a crawl

Hi all

My first brew so please forgive my novice questions!!

Starting gravity on 27th June was 1043. Checked reading on 30th June (3 days into fermentation) & gravity was 1017. Checked it today (3rd July) & it was only 1013. Is it common for it to slow down like this? I'm brewing Coopers Brewmaster Wheat beer. Temp. is about 23 deg C.

Thanks,
Pat.

__________________
packas is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-04-2009, 10:24 AM   #262
packas
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ireland
Posts: 10
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by packas View Post
Hi all

My first brew so please forgive my novice questions!!

Starting gravity on 27th June was 1043. Checked reading on 30th June (3 days into fermentation) & gravity was 1017. Checked it today (3rd July) & it was only 1013. Is it common for it to slow down like this? I'm brewing Coopers Brewmaster Wheat beer. Temp. is about 23 deg C.

Thanks,
Pat.
Hi All,

Any advice/re-assurance?
__________________
packas is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-04-2009, 03:36 PM   #263
WilliamstonBrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Michigan
Posts: 124
Likes Given: 1

Default

Yeah that is totally normal. The most vigorous fermentation occurs within the first few days, then it plateaus off. It's good you're using a hydrometer, many don't then come here with their heads spinning like something from The Exorcist.

Even though your hydrometer will indicate when fermentation is finishing, don't rush it to bottle. The yeast will still do good things well after your gravity has bottomed out. Let it go for 10-14 days. Since it's a wheat beer, you can bottle after 10 days (assuming your gravity has been constant for a few days) and then drink after 2 weeks in the bottle... they're great fresh and from my wheat brewing experience actually start to deteriorate after 3-4 weeks. I am sure others would argue that point, it was just my experience.

EDIT: Grammar.

__________________
WilliamstonBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-04-2009, 09:24 PM   #264
packas
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ireland
Posts: 10
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by WilliamstonBrew View Post
Yeah that is totally normal. The most vigorous fermentation occurs within the first few days, then it plateaus off. It's good you're using a hydrometer, many don't then come here with their heads spinning like something from The Exorcist.

Even though your hydrometer will indicate when fermentation is finishing, don't rush it to bottle. The yeast will still do good things well after your gravity has bottomed out. Let it go for 10-14 days. Since it's a wheat beer, you can bottle after 10 days (assuming your gravity has been constant for a few days) and then drink after 2 weeks in the bottle... they're great fresh and from my wheat brewing experience actually start to deteriorate after 3-4 weeks. I am sure others would argue that point, it was just my experience.

EDIT: Grammar.
Thanks for re-assuring me. Wow mad to hear that potentially they can deteriorate after 3-4 weeks. Think I may take some time off work to drink it so
__________________
packas is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-05-2009, 06:05 AM   #265
WilliamstonBrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Michigan
Posts: 124
Likes Given: 1

Default

ha! awesome excuse...

But in all honesty the VAST majority of home brews will NOT deteriorate in 3-4 weeks, quite the opposite.

In my short and humble experience the wheat brews are better young and fresh... don't let them sit around forever.... drink 'em up...

__________________
WilliamstonBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-05-2009, 01:32 PM   #266
packas
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ireland
Posts: 10
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by WilliamstonBrew View Post
ha! awesome excuse...

But in all honesty the VAST majority of home brews will NOT deteriorate in 3-4 weeks, quite the opposite.

In my short and humble experience the wheat brews are better young and fresh... don't let them sit around forever.... drink 'em up...

Ok so. My minds made up. Must book some time off work early August.
__________________
packas is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-07-2009, 01:04 AM   #267
CrazyBrew
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CrazyBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Houston, TX, Texas
Posts: 128
Liked 10 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default Amber Ale

Just brewed some Amber Ale and used Cal Ale liquid yeast. The beer was aerated and ferementation is temp. controlled. It still took 41 hours for fermentation to start. And wow did it start. Krausen to the top. I am using a blow off tube so no worries.

__________________
Crazy Brewing
CrazyBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-07-2009, 02:54 PM   #268
ThinkinDavid
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Posts: 90
Default

This thread is making me feel a little better but I'm still worried about my beer. It's been about 12 hours since i pitched the wyeast American Wheat, I simply smacked it good and pitched it right into the wort. I don't know how to make a starter, I didn't know such things were necessary. There is absolutely no activity in the carboy which is throwing me off. Usually the day after brewing I wake up the next morning to see healthy fermentation, however, I usually use dry yeast, too. So I'm hoping that since I used wet yeast, or whatever you might consider the smack pack, it will just take a little longer to get started since I apparently didn't prep the yeast right. But I'm also worried the air conditioner was set unusually low last night and could have chilled the carboy to about 65 degrees F.

After reading this thread I realize I may be a little skittish about my liquid baby, but its only because I care . I will wait at least until tomorrow night before I do anything about it, but I'm wondering if my wort doesn't ferment can I save it by re-pitching some dry yeast in a couple days?

__________________
ThinkinDavid is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-08-2009, 12:26 AM   #269
SourHopHead
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
SourHopHead's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 749
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Brewed another IPA with Ringwood Ale yeast and took 48hrs to show any signs. A nice krausen and am also using a blowoff tube.

__________________

FV's- Flanders Red, Munich Helles x2, Apfelwein, Hard Lemonade
SV1- Pumpkin Spice
SV2- Hard Cider
SV3- Empty
Kegs- Green Chili Ale, Watermelon Sour

On Deck: Celebration Ale Clone


"Be Good or Be Gone." EST. 1854
Shazbot Blonde

SourHopHead is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-08-2009, 11:08 AM   #270
packas
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ireland
Posts: 10
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by packas View Post
Hi all

My first brew so please forgive my novice questions!!

Starting gravity on 27th June was 1043. Checked reading on 30th June (3 days into fermentation) & gravity was 1017. Checked it today (3rd July) & it was only 1013. Is it common for it to slow down like this? I'm brewing Coopers Brewmaster Wheat beer. Temp. is about 23 deg C.

Thanks,
Pat.
Hi All,
Check gravit today (8/7/09) it was 1012. So after 5 days gravity dropped 1 point. That works out at about 4%. A bit less than I thought Should I leave it another while or go ahead & bottle? I've been reading that you don't bottle unitl 1010 or less.

regards,
Pat.
__________________
packas 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
No visible signs of yeast activity? msa8967 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 23 10-01-2014 03:16 AM
Show off your beer signs! aekdbbop General Beer Discussion 10 07-18-2013 10:25 AM
No visible fermentation? hal simmons General Techniques 4 03-05-2012 04:55 PM
no visible fermentation? eatria Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 23 12-01-2011 04:10 PM
Does oxidation have visible signs? fotomatt1 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 10-06-2009 02:27 PM