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Old 06-17-2006, 04:17 AM   #1
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Default I'm worried my second batch didnt' ferment

Well basically it didn't bubble at all in the primary, although an inch of krausen residue was left when I racked it to secondary after nine days or so. It's been in the secondary for two days now and there is a lot of trub. But I have a sinking suspicion that it never fermented at all! I broke my hydrometer tonight making my third batch so I can't hydro it...please help! I just don't want it to turn out like my first batch (crap).

Perhaps I could sprinkle some dry yeast on top of it to ensure complete fermentation? I figure if there isn't any sugar left, it won't hurt anything...but if there is sugar left I should be able to see it ferment and see activity.



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Old 06-17-2006, 12:58 PM   #2
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I think the easy way to find out if it's fermented is to take a little taste. If it's sweeter than the beer should be, then it didn't ferment. If the sweetness is gone, then it's done. It's the sugars that are fermentable, after all.
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Old 06-17-2006, 01:15 PM   #3
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You probably should have waited for the krausen to fall, but the fact that you had krausen form means the wort was fermenting. 95% of the time lack of bubbles in the airlock is just a seal problem. Give it two weeks to clear and it should be ok.

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I agree with David. Sounds like a definite seal problem. It happens.

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When I used a Irish White Lab yeast I thought I had a stuck fermentation too. Happened over night and I just did not see much that's all. Happens that way sometimes. Sounds like your good to go Start planning the next one and forget about this one for a little while.

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The krausen fell in on itself, actually. By residue, I meant that crap that builds up on the sides of the fermenter.

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I agree with David. Sounds like a definite seal problem. It happens.
It can't be a seal problem, when I press down on my primary fermenter cap the water in the airlock moves.

But I will siphon some out and taste it.
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I tasted it...it's kind of sweet...

****. This happened with my first batch, and I don't want it to happen again. Incomplete fermentation.

What can I do?

By the way guys, thanks for the help, you all are great.

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Get a new hydrometer and check the gravity. If it is more that 5 points higher than the expected final gravity, pitch some more yeast. You didn't say what kind of ale this is, so it's tough to give any other advice.



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