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Old 03-23-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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Default First time brewer - question

I just brewed my second batch of beer (1.25 Gallons). The whole process went perfect, until the end.

I pitched my yeast and closed up my fermenting bucket. About 2 minutes later, I realized I forgot to top off the bucket with water. So I went ahead and did so.

About 12 hours later, my brew doesn't appear to be fermenting. I know it's still early in the process, but could the top off water added after the yeast affect anything?

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Old 03-23-2013, 02:55 PM   #2
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It'll be fine. The general rule is to wait at least 72 hours before worrying about your fermentation not starting. To answer your question, no. Unless the topoff water was boiling the chances are very slim that it killed your yeast.

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Old 03-23-2013, 02:58 PM   #3
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Thank you. It was room temperature.

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Or if the top off water was too cold,& the wort temp dropped below the yeast's temp range. Otherwise,it just hasen't finished the reproductive phase before visible fermentation begins.

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I was just concerned because the first time I made a 1.25 gallon kit, it started fermenting slowly within the first 12 hours.

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>>Or if the top off water was too cold,& the wort temp dropped below the yeast's temp range.

But wouldn't the water eventually warm up again and the yeast would start up again? Wouldn't this in effect set the yeast dormant but it wouldn't be permanent; just a setback of a few hours, which perhaps, acounts for the difference in fermnting time?

Of course, I'm an absolute novice so I don't know; I'm just speculating.

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Yeah,but I have had to swirl the yeast back into suspension after warming up the fermenter.

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Yeah,but I have had to swirl the yeast back into suspension after warming up the fermenter.
Should I open it up and stir it?
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Sorry, double post...

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No. I wouldn't recommend doing anything until you've waited at least a couple days.

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