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Old 01-06-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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I started my first-ever brew last night, a Red Ale from a Brewer's Best kit. I'm very excited. OG was right where it was supposed to be. I made sure everything was cleaned and sterilized, and that all the temperature readings were in the correct range.
We're about at about the 12-hour mark post yeast pitch. There is still no activity in the airlock, but I don't think I should be worried yet. (Should I?)

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It could take a couple days for activity in the airlock to start. Watch for foam (krausen) to form on top of the wort first. This time of year with cool temps fermentation can often start slow and build up.

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It could take a couple days for activity in the airlock to start. Watch for foam (krausen) to form on top of the wort first. This time of year with cool temps fermentation can often start slow and build up.
Is it alright to remove the lid from the fermenter in order to do this?
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Is it alright to remove the lid from the fermenter in order to do this?
I would not recommend removing the lid. You don't want to risk infection or crap falling in the fermenter. I assumed you were using a clear vessel, which was my fault. Keep an eye on it for a couple days. If there is no activity in the airlock after that maybe check it. In the meantime make sure your lid has a good seal.
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I don't bother myself. But you can just pull the airlock for a quick peek.
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Although its best to leave it alone & be patient - I wholeheartedly understand the desire to take a peak!

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I would not recommend removing the lid. You don't want to risk infection or crap falling in the fermenter. I assumed you were using a clear vessel, which was my fault. Keep an eye on it for a couple days. If there is no activity in the airlock after that maybe check it. In the meantime make sure your lid has a good seal.
I thought removing the lid was a bad idea. Thanks for the tip. In the meantime, I just read the sticky about fermenting potentially taking 24-72 hours.
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Congrats on the first brew!! Don't worry, 12hrs is still real young. Give it another 24hrs before you do anything. Chances are it will start bubbling soon.

Enjoy!

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Congrats on the first brew!! Don't worry, 12hrs is still real young. Give it another 24hrs before you do anything. Chances are it will start bubbling soon.

Enjoy!
Exactly. If it was an extract kit there is almost no way to not get fermentation at the very least.
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It's bubbling away! I went out this morning, and got home a few minutes ago. Of course, the first thing I did was to check on my brew, and was very pleased to see the bubbles in the airlock.
Thanks for all the tips an encouragement!

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