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Old 06-07-2008, 09:17 PM   #1
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I did not aerate the wort and to make matters worse the water added to the wort was boiled (and cooled). it's been 2 days now and there is very minimal activity (no bubbling of the airlock). Can I aerate the wort at this stage ? or should I just leave it alone.

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Do you have an original gravity reading and the present gravity? I'm not sure I'm qualified to advise you either way but that info might help.

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i did not measure the original specific gravity ..

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Make sure everything is sealed up tight (the lid to the bucket or the rubber stopper on your carboy) and make sure your at the right temp for fermentation. Fermentation can take a few days to start so wait a bit and see what happens.

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i did not measure the original specific gravity ..
The only thing I can take from this is that you just don't care.





Honestly I find that I obsess over the numbers. It's just what I do.

As for your beer, I didn't aerate my first beer and I still enjoyed immensely. Don't sweat it too much, just live and learn.

edit: I just thought of something. If there really has been that little activity, does anyone else think this might be a good candidate for a tiny tiny tiny bit of olive oil? Allow the yeast to grow without risking oxidation. A slightly risky treatment but it just might work. I think I might just sanitize a pin, dip it halfway into olive oil, and either swirl it around or just drop it in (and don't forget it's there) Discussed at length here.
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this is my first time, i forgot to measure the specific gravity and forgot the aerate the wort. I basically did exactly what the kit said.

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You did not mention if it is in a carboy or pail? A pail can leak CO2 thru the lid seal and not show in the air lock. Can you see signs of a krausen (foam on the top of the wort)? Rock the carboy/keg to roust the yeast. It may take a day to get going. Try to keep it 70F and after it gets going try to keep it at 65F to 67F but no lower if you have the resources.

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It's a pail, yes there is foam on top. I think i'll just leave it alone as suggested, may be give it a bit of a shake to wake up the yeast.

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It's a pail, yes there is foam on top. I think i'll just leave it alone as suggested, may be give it a bit of a shake to wake up the yeast.

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Go easy on it if you touch it at all. The foam is a good indication that fermentation is beginning. I'll bet it will be bubbling away this time tomorrow.
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the wort looks and sounds completely dead now .. it's been 4 days .. is there anything i can do .. or should I just leave it along for 10 days and see how it tastes ?

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