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Old 11-07-2011, 02:31 PM   #1
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Default fermentation not yet started

this is my first kit brewers best german octoberfest,brewed friday night its now monday morning and dont see the airlock bubbling away pitched the yeast at about 60 degrees,should i be a little more patient?,or should i start to panic?

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Old 11-07-2011, 02:33 PM   #2
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Panic and then take a hydrometer reading. Airlock means nothing.

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Old 11-07-2011, 02:36 PM   #3
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Panic and then take a hydrometer reading. Airlock means nothing.
ok thanx
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:42 PM   #4
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Air lock activity or lack there of is not a indication of fermentation activity. Some fermentation is more energetic than others. If you took an initial gravity reading, then one now will tell you if the yeast is active and converting sugar to wonderful alcohol.

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Old 11-07-2011, 03:04 PM   #5
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A powerful torch and a magnifying glass will detect bubbling.

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Old 11-07-2011, 03:12 PM   #6
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If you are brewing a Oktoberfest/Marzen, which is a Lager, you need to drop your temp by qt least ten degrees and needed to have about twice as large a starter as you would for an ale. To be of any real help you will need to give more info about what you are brewing, with what yeast....basicly the recipe and mashing schedule....or steep if not all grain.

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Old 11-07-2011, 03:15 PM   #7
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Depending on the yeast strain 60 degrees may be close to the high end of what is tolerable. Most folks ferment lager yeasts at the low end of tolerable temps, though.

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If it's fermenting, AND the airlock is perfectly sealed, then it will bubble.

If the airlock isn't bubbling - then it's either done fermenting, hasn't begun fermenting, or the airlock is simply not sealed..

If you are fermenting in a bucket, then don't expect an air-tight seal.

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I am actually brewing it as an ale as per the directions ,I do not have the means for lagering the brew,the instructions said the yeast would work just as well as an ale...

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If it's fermenting, AND the airlock is perfectly sealed, then it will bubble.

If the airlock isn't bubbling - then it's either done fermenting, hasn't begun fermenting, or the airlock is simply not sealed..

If you are fermenting in a bucket, then don't expect an air-tight seal.
the container is sealed pretty well as i press the middle of the lid the water rises in the air lock
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