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Old 11-18-2008, 02:59 AM   #1
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I may have messed up my first try at oatmeal stout. Forgot to aerate the wort after toping up and pitched the yeast dry. Started on Saturday with SG of 1.035 and have seen very little activity from the airlock. Can I overcome my blunders?

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Old 11-18-2008, 03:00 AM   #2
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I may have messed up my first try at oatmeal stout. Forgot to aerate the wort after toping up and pitched the yeast dry. Started on Saturday with SG of 1.035 and have seen very little activity from the airlock. Can I overcome my blunders?
What is the SG currently?
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:02 AM   #3
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I have done 100000 more things wrong to some batches. If you followed recipe and pitched and the right temperature things are fine. Take hydrometer reading, realise everythin is fine. have about 15 beers, laugh about your worries. drink 3 v8 go to bed.

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Haven't tested?

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Old 11-18-2008, 03:05 AM   #5
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I followed the recipe to the tee and the temp is 60 to 65.

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I followed the recipe to the tee and the temp is 60 to 65.
That sounds good. But the only way to tell if fermentation has begun is to check the SG.
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Is it ok to open the lid w/o contamination?

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yeah what She said haha

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yeah its fine just sterilized you extraction device. And dont put your sample back in. do it fast

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Is it ok to open the lid w/o contamination?
Of course it is. I mean, you do plan to open it sometime, right?

It's good to be careful, and keep it airlocked and sanitize whatever touches your beer. You don't want your cat to sneeze it in, but it's ok to open and take samples and transfer when needed.

It's probably just fine. It's probably fermenting just fine. You may notice a ring of crud around the top when you open it, showing where the krausen was when it was at it's peak. But the only way to know for sure is to take the SG.
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