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Old 02-24-2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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Default Forgot to Aerate my first brew!!

So I brewed my first batch yesterday. BB American Cream Ale. Everything went ok and I rehydrated the Nottingham yeast that came with kit. After 15 hours I see no airlock activity. And now I realize that I only strained my wort but didn't really agitate it well. Really the only agitation it got was when I added my 2.5 gallons of water I poured in kind of aggressive and then stirred it in really good. I know patience is a MUST, but the realization that I didn't aerate enough is really concerning me. Any help?

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Old 02-24-2013, 03:45 PM   #2
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Hmm well aeration is important, but I can't imagine the yeast wouldn't start off because of your situation. Give it a little more time, check for leaks in your bucket after it's been 48 hours....

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Old 02-24-2013, 03:45 PM   #3
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I'd recommend leaving it alone and not worrying too much about it. You probably have a less that optimal amount of oxygen in your wort. That will slow the yeast growth, and may lead to not getting quite the fermentation you would have gotten. However, your beer will still be OK.

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You'll be fine

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Old 02-24-2013, 03:53 PM   #5
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and may lead to not getting quite the fermentation you would have gotten. However, your beer will still be OK.
What is the result of less than optimal fermentation? less ABV?
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:56 PM   #6
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You'll be fine.

Your process sounds like mine. I pour in top off water then stir the hell out of it. Sometimes it can take up to 24 hours or more before you see signs of fermentation. Don't worry, be patient.

Lack of airlock activity is not a sign of lack of fermentation. I have had beer that made zero bubbles in the airlock yet fermented completely and tasted fantastic. If you don't have a tight fitting lid, loose airlock, or any number of things that cause a lack of air-tightness, you will see reduced airlock activity. It doesn't mean your beer isn't fermenting.

The ONLY way to measure fermentation is with a hydrometer. So you can take a sample. If the SG is less than your OG, you're on your way to beer! You can also take off the lid and just check for krausen. If you don't want to take off the lid, then shine a flashlight on the side to look for a shadow from the krausen.

Aeration helps the fermentation take off quicker and promotes heathy yeast, but it isn't required. It's a good idea, and it helps your beer quality, but you'll still have beer regardless.

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Your FG may be higher than expected, so lower ABV. You may also have a slightly sweeter beer than you expected.

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Danstar, the maker of Nottingham says that aeration is not necessary with the dry yeast they produce. Their packs have sufficient yeast cells and all that the yeast needs to get started. Your beer will ferment and will have an FG in the proper range.

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Old 02-24-2013, 06:08 PM   #9
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I ferment with Nottingham very frequently and even when aerating with pure O2 for 1-2 minutes it can take a day or two for it to show any signs of life. Have some patience.

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Danstar, the maker of Nottingham says that aeration is not necessary with the dry yeast they produce. Their packs have sufficient yeast cells and all that the yeast needs to get started. Your beer will ferment and will have an FG in the proper range.
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