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Old 06-26-2007, 01:28 AM   #1
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Pitched my first batch last night. Really simple, Cooper's syrup (wheat), amber DME.

"reconstituted" the yeast and pitched about 11pm last night. Nothing happens.

8am this morning had 1/2 inch of foam, no activity in the air-lock.

1:30pm today, 1 inch+ of foam, still no bubbling in the airlock.

Is the yeast bad, (didn't proof it)? Get more yeast? Let it develop?

I had always pictured the yeast activity to be much more active and seeing active bubbling in the air-lock. Am I having too high of expectations?

Any advice here would be helpful.

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Old 06-26-2007, 01:38 AM   #2
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If you're seeing a big yeasty head (krausen), you've got fermentation going! Now, maybe you don't see airlock activity because the lid isn't sealed on super tight or you otherwise have a leak. Is the water in the airlock pushing up to one side? That will show you the pressure in there. If it's equal, I bet you have a leak. That's ok- that just means you won't see bubbling in the airlock.

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If you've got 1" of krausen, it's fermenting. Sounds like the CO2 is escaping somewhere otherthan the airlock. Make sure your lid is on securely (if you're using a bucket), your stopper is in tight, and the airlock has enough liquid in it.

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Old 06-26-2007, 01:54 AM   #4
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Common noob brewer "you're supposed to put water in the airlock?" hehe.

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Yes! I bet you have CO2 escaping somewhere other than from the air lock.
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did you aerate the living crap outta the wort prior to pitching the yeast? could be lag time still.

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Well, There is about a 1/2 inch-1inch head in the fermenter, and no activity in the airlock..... until I filled it to the proper level. Once I had enough water in the thing it began to hop and bubble quite vigorously.

Thanks for the encouragement.

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Well, There is about a 1/2 inch-1inch head in the fermenter, and no activity in the airlock..... until I filled it to the proper level. Once I had enough water in the thing it began to hop and bubble quite vigorously.

Thanks for the encouragement.
fwiw (I'm also n00b but have done a few batches) I prefer to use vodka in the airlock just to be sure all the nasties get killed. Don't bother changing at this point, but try it for the next batch.

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