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Old 07-16-2007, 10:53 PM   #1
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I think I'm having issues here. Well, this is a contiuation the the Charlie Foxtrot post. First batch, brewing went well, cooling the wort was fine, I'm sure I aerated the wort and pitched the yeast. I placed the lid on the fermenter and pushed the airlock in, well, the rubber grommet fell into the wort so I wedged the airlock in the hole hoping for a descent seal.

Fermenting temp is 72 F.

Just over 24 hours and no evidence of airlock activity. So my experienced homebrewing buds, where to go from here?

I also read about yeast, i did use White Labs California Ale liquid yeast without a starter, could this cause a lag time?

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Old 07-16-2007, 10:55 PM   #2
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Yes... Leave it for at least another day before doing anything.

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Old 07-16-2007, 11:01 PM   #3
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My latest batch showed no signs of fermenting until about 36 hours later. Then, it took off like crazy!

I was concerned because it was very hot when the package arrived from Northern Brewer, and it had likely been sitting in a warm UPS truck over the 4th of July. The Wyeast smackpack was already quite swollen when I pulled it out of the box and stuck it in the fridge, so I was concerned that the yeast might have gotten too hot. I was very close to adding a packet of Muntons dry yeast to my primary, but held off.

Moral to the story: Be patient, and all will be fine!

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Leave it 72 hours before you get concerned.

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Don't go by the airlock either. 3 out of 4 of my brews have not shown any airlock activity. But they all fermented out. My guess is that the one that did show had a good seal. That one was in a fermenter that I have only used once all the others have been in the same bucket with the same lid and have not shown anything.

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Still no real activity in the airlock, bubbles have formed, but active bubbling. I will ride it out since all who have posted have been the voice of reason. Thanks.

Well, starting to consider the next batch as soon as I clear that primary. Thanks again.

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Still no real activity in the airlock, bubbles have formed, but active bubbling. I will ride it out since all who have posted have been the voice of reason. Thanks.

Well, starting to consider the next batch as soon as I clear that primary. Thanks again.

Cheers!!!

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Why wait? Go get yourself another one..
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