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Old 10-16-2007, 08:17 PM   #1
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I brewed my first batch ( a half batch 2.5gal). I did not buy a specialized fermentation tub, but used a standard 5gal white plastic tub from hardware store with a lid that is tight but does not seal airtight. I chilled my wort down to about 65degrees and pitch a packet of dry ale yeast. Gave it a vigorus stiring to aerate. Slapped on the lid fitted with a stopper and airlock. I then wrapped the edge of the lid with super duct tape to seal it to the bucket. I have it sitting is a cool dark place and have yet to see a buble after 36hrs.
What is the problem?
The bucket is only half full with wort. It is the bucket, the seal or the yeast?

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Old 10-16-2007, 08:21 PM   #2
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Well, remember you've got a ton of headspace that needs to be filled with CO2 before the airlock will start bubbling, so I wouldn't worry about that. I would worry about the hardware-store bucket; even new ones have lots of little pcckmarks and whathaveyou that bacteria LOVE to hide in. Drop the $10 on an Ale Pail (nice and smooth inside), take care of it so that it doesn't get scratched, and it'll work for you for a long time.

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Uhh...D, all of the above? Duct tape? Hardware store bucket? Did you stir it with a lawn rake? Did you sanitize the bucket & lid first? What kind of yeast? Dry or liquid? If liquid, did you make a starter?

So, with this "guerrilla" brewing technique, how do you plan on bottling?

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Everything soaked in iodophor for 1hr lid, airlock, stopper, large metal spoon, everything. I pitched a packet of dry yeast directly into the chilled wort. and this bucket is just for now. I will have the cash together to buy the basic kit at my homebrew shop in a few weeks.

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So, with this "guerrilla" brewing technique, how do you plan on bottling?
Bottling?? Guerrilla brewers drink the beer right from the fermenter!
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by the time bottling comes around I will have the kit which includes bottle filling wand, bottles, caps and capper. Just wondering what is going on now.

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Everything soaked in iodophor for 1hr lid, airlock, stopper, large metal spoon, everything. I pitched a packet of dry yeast directly into the chilled wort. and this bucket is just for now. I will have the cash together to buy the basic kit at my homebrew shop in a few weeks.
Yeah, I guess just give it time. after 3 days, I'd pitch another packet.
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I'll bet you have an air leak, hence no bubbles. Do you have a krausen?

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I'll bet you have an air leak, hence no bubbles. Do you have a krausen?
What is a Krausen?
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Well, remember you've got a ton of headspace that needs to be filled with CO2 before the airlock will start bubbling, so I wouldn't worry about that.
um, you might want to think that over again...if any CO2 is produced, it will displace the air that is in the carboy causing the airlock to bubble, unless of course it was sealed in a vacuum, which would be impossible.
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