Originally Posted by MWM777
Hello to all! I'm a new HBT member, and just finished my first batch of the Brewer's Best Weizenbier beer kit. Although perhaps a lofty goal, my intent is to shoot for a Weiheinstephan Hefeweizen clone. As such, I chose to use a liquid yeast (Hefeweizen Ale Yeast) vs. the included yeast, at the recommendation of my local HB shop owner. Has anyone brewed a batch using this kit/liquid yeast combo?
Another quick sidebar question: It's been roughly 16 hours since I pitched the yeast and aerated. I've seen zero bubbles as of yet. Should this be cause for concern? Additionally, how long would you recommend leaving in the primary before I prime and bottle?
Thanks to all who offer input. Glad to be here. Prost!
Welcome to the fun, anxiety, and enjoyment of home brewing.
Your HB person was wise to recommend the liquid yeast over the dry yeast included in the kit. What is the brand name of the kit?
Sixteen hours of lag time is nothing to worry about. Over 72 hours maybe.
How long you leave your brew in the primary depends upon when the yeast finish the fermentation and clean up. Stable hydrometer readings over a period of two to three days will indicate when fermentation is complete. The yeast will need another five days to a week to clean up the natural off flavors produced by fermentation.
Sort of the typical time in the primary is three to four weeks depending upon the estimated original gravity of the beer.
Main thing to watch for at the begining of fermentation is temperature of the wort. Fermentation produces heat. Have your fermentation set up ready to control the wort temperature. Optimum temperature is usually at the low end of the yeasts working range.