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Old 10-08-2007, 01:55 PM   #1
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Default I'm pretty sure my first batch is ruined....

I boiled up the wort on saturday night and after it was cooled i added yeast and stored it. I checked on it the next day and the airlock was bubbling away. by the end of that night (sunday night) there was no airlock activity at all. I checked it this morning and still nothing....

did i do something wrong? could this batch still be saved? any help would be appreciated!

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Old 10-08-2007, 01:58 PM   #2
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Let it sit for a week and then take a hydrometer reading.

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Old 10-08-2007, 02:00 PM   #3
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It could be that you just had a fast fermentation. Don't panic. I would bet that even if there is somthing wrong, it's by no means ruined. Take hydrometer reading two or three days in a row to see if there is really any activity going. If you gravity is down where its supposed to be you can just be patient and trasfer to secondarry or bottles when the time comes. If there is no change in reading, but you're not where you want to be, let us know and we'll help you from there.

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Old 10-08-2007, 03:28 PM   #4
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I know it's been said before, but GET A HYDROMETER.

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Old 10-08-2007, 04:19 PM   #5
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No need to worry there - let er sit for about 5 days and take a hydrometer reading. As long as you are withing a god temp range you should be fine. Airlocks are not the best indication of fermentation - always rely on the hydrometer - it doesnt lie (unless its broken)

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Old 10-08-2007, 05:04 PM   #6
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get a hydrometer and test it now.

how warm is the room you fermented in? high temps = fast fermentation.

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Old 10-08-2007, 05:47 PM   #7
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i just took a hydrometer reading and i'm at 1.020, i'll take readings the next 3 days just to make sure. the recipe i have says i have a finished gravity of 1.012 or less so i still have a little bit to go. smells really good, can't wait to have a sip.

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Old 10-08-2007, 08:43 PM   #8
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take a sample out when you take the reading (don't put it back in!) and drink that. you'll see how it's coming along. i'd say no matter what, you're beer isn't finished...you don't need to take readings every day...let it sit for at least a week.

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What kind of yeast did you use?

I've had batches ferment out in 36 hours...especially with dry yeasts.

If your gravity doesn't drop from 1.020, or is dropping excruciatingly slow, give the yeast cake on the bottom a gently swirl with your racking can to wake it up a bit.

Do you know your starting gravity? What was the recipe?

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it's only been two days. just let it sit

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