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Old 11-03-2007, 02:29 PM   #1
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A little worried about my first brew. There seems to be no activity in the fermenter after almost twelve hours (I pitched the yeast 12 hours ago). I made the mistake of syphoning the cooled wort into the primary fermenter, but didn't thing that would cause any real problems other than alot of trub. The other thing I'm worried about is the yeast was out for about eight hours (out of the refridgerator). I had some technical difficulties and after I crushed the nutrient pack inside that activator pack I left it at room temp for that long. I don't think that would be a big deal as well, but.... I'm a newb.

I think I should see some activity, but If I'm freaking out for no reason please let me know.

Here's pics in the fermenter right now.



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Old 11-03-2007, 02:38 PM   #2
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Just relax, 24-72hrs is the normal time for fermentation to begin.

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Old 11-03-2007, 02:48 PM   #3
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I agree with ThomasRau, relax and let the yeast do its thing. Did you take a gravity reading before pitching your yeast? You should be able to monitor the fermentation better that way than by what you can see.

Just my .02 cents, could be wrong too.

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Old 11-03-2007, 03:11 PM   #4
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I will relax, big sigh of relief thanks!!

Yes, got 1.050, seems ball park for what I'm brewing. Can I use a funnel with a filter to go into my secondary fermenter to remove some of the trub, there is alot, I mean alot down there?????

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no, you can't use a funnel. you can NOT splash the beer once its done fermenting...period.

if you do, you'll aerate the beer, which causes oxidation, and will end up adding an off-flavor very simliar to wet cardboard, and it won't age out.

you rack it OFF the trub to secondary. SEcondary allows for further clearing (NOT fermentation), and after two weeks you should be able to bottle or keg, and little to no trub will be left in the bottle.

an auto-siphon is your friend for racking...it has a little tip on the end that lifts it off the bulk of the trub.

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Okay, thanks. So don't worry about the trub too much. Just put the brew in the secondary after about four days and be carefull when using the auto syphon to not pick up too much trub. Thanks for the help, big relief.

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My beer didn't start fermenting until well over 24 hours. Turned out fine. RDWAHAHB!

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Old 11-03-2007, 07:26 PM   #8
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Okay, thanks. So don't worry about the trub too much. Just put the brew in the secondary after about four days and be carefull when using the auto syphon to not pick up too much trub. Thanks for the help, big relief.
Not four days, that's not enough time, especially since it's hasn't kicked started yet. Don't rush it. Wait until it's done fermenting, then it's ok to rack it. I usually leave mine for 10 days before moving it to a clearing tank.
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Did you aerate well? Liquid yeast need ample O2 to get started and as you didn't make a starter, you are going to have a little wait until that yeast starts going in that 1050 wort.

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Okay, thanks. So don't worry about the trub too much. Just put the brew in the secondary after about four days and be carefull when using the auto syphon to not pick up too much trub. Thanks for the help, big relief.
Don't rack it after only four days. Use your hydrometer. It'll tell you when it's okay to transfer the wort. Don't transfer it until primary is done. If you don't have a hydrometer then leave the beer in the primary for two weeks then transfer to secondary.
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