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Old 09-04-2012, 12:15 AM   #1
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Default Instant actuvity in airlock

Just finished a batch of wheat/IPA. I have activity in my airlock after 5 mins... Is that the air working itself after oxidation or is that actual CO2 already???

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Old 09-04-2012, 12:21 AM   #2
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Just finished a batch of wheat/IPA. I have activity in my airlock after 5 mins... Is that the air working itself after oxidation or is that actual CO2 already???
Could be anything but it's definitely not fermenting already unless you pitched like 50 trillion cells!
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:53 AM   #3
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Many things cold make the airlock start bubbling, temperature changes, pressure changes, air working itself out, ect. As duboman said, no fermentation should be started at that point!

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Old 09-04-2012, 01:55 AM   #4
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probably just air pressure from you putting the lid on and smashing air into it

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Old 09-04-2012, 02:00 AM   #5
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Yes, that is what did it...........

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Old 09-04-2012, 02:05 AM   #6
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I echo the comments above - it's just settling pressures internally. Just as a tip, I put my airlock on my brew buckets as soon as I close them up but I don't fill them with the vodka until they're in their final resting place. Otherwise you do get some pressure changes and such from moving around - you may even get some of it sucked back when moving such that you no longer have enough vodka/water in the airlock.

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Old 09-04-2012, 03:20 AM   #7
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When you cooled your wort, was the final temp lower than room temp? It could be warming up to room temp.

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Old 09-04-2012, 04:01 AM   #8
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Yes. That must have been it. Cooled to 65. Took out of the ice bath and racked to carboy. Moved carboy to my cheap bucket/tub cooling system (carboy in a big tub with cold water and a towel wrapped around it). That's when I noticed the bubbles. They've stopped now. Got it settled in at 67 degrees

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