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Old 07-06-2010, 01:05 AM   #1
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So I have my first brew in the primary for a little over 2 weeks. Took the top off to get the volume. It didn't seem to change at all. No more bubbling or anything. Other than nothing what's gone on for the past couple of weeks?

I'm wondering do I need to be more patient and wait longer than another week or is it so bad that its a lost cause?

Thank you in advance for any tips, suggestions, or advice.

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Old 07-06-2010, 01:12 AM   #2
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You say you were getting the volume. Do you mean you were checking your gravity? The volume of beer will not change. You need to be checking gravity, not volume. You will not be able to determine just from looking at the beer whether it has been active. You shouldn't have any bubbling in your airlock after 2 weeks anyway - so that's not a problem. I'll wait to say more until I find out just what you are checking. However, I'd say you are probably fine and you should do nothing for the moment.

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Old 07-06-2010, 01:17 AM   #3
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I'm sorry I don't have the terms down yet but yes the gravity has not changed.

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Old 07-06-2010, 01:23 AM   #4
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What temperature did you pitch the yeast at? Did you use a slap pack? If so did it swell? If you used powdered yeast, did you rehydrate? It sounds like you had bad or dead yeast. You can try aerating using an aeration stone and adding more yeast. You should see some bubbling within 12- 24 hours with a properly aerated wort.

Disregard my advice. I misread the OP.

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Old 07-06-2010, 01:24 AM   #5
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+1 to what monty said. Checking volume won't do anything. There may be krausen that will rise, but other than that, the volume of your beer will be the same. I would say just leave it in the primary for at least 3 weeks. That is, unless you're going to dry hop. Then you can rack to secondary and dry hop for another 7-10 days. And still, that can be done in primary as well. Primary fermentation is done by the first 2 weeks, but the yeast still need to tidy up after themselves. Leaving it longer won't cause any harm, and actually you will be rewarded for your patience with GREAT BEER!

EDIT: Sorry. Internet's on the fritz, took too long to reply. So you're gravity hasn't changed in 2 weeks?????

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Old 07-06-2010, 01:39 AM   #6
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I'm sorry I don't have the terms down yet but yes the gravity has not changed.
If your gravity hasn't changed in two weeks then you have a problem - but one that is probably easily fixed. Can you tell us the style and OG? Then we can help you determine what and how much yeast to pitch. You can pitch again and you will be fine. However, in the mean time rock your fermenter around a bit and let's see if you get anything going. At risk of sounding like a Philistine, check for airlock activity (yeah, I said check for airlock activity)

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Old 07-06-2010, 01:43 AM   #7
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No more bubbling, meaning you had bubbling to begin with?

What was your Original Gravity?
If your gravity hasn't changed from that, then yes you do have a problem, but if it's lower, then it is fermenting. Just because your airlock stops bubbling doesn't mean your beer is done fermenting.

You need to be more patient. Most brewers don't understand that there's a conditioning phase the beer goes through after attenuation (gravity drop).

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Old 07-07-2010, 01:08 AM   #8
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If your gravity hasn't changed in two weeks then you have a problem - but one that is probably easily fixed. Can you tell us the style and OG? Then we can help you determine what and how much yeast to pitch. You can pitch again and you will be fine. However, in the mean time rock your fermenter around a bit and let's see if you get anything going. At risk of sounding like a Philistine, check for airlock activity (yeah, I said check for airlock activity)

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1.051 is the OG gravity in a Robust Porter. I did shake it quite a bit last night but no activity tonight. I wasn't able to check throughout the day but no activity. It smells really good but it doesn't have any sort of yeast smell about it all. Not sure if it should or not but it defiantly smells very malty.

Please let me know what I need to do bro. Anything to save it is good by me!
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Old 07-07-2010, 01:31 AM   #9
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If there has been no change in gravity then repitch some yeast.

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Old 07-07-2010, 01:51 AM   #10
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I am extremely novice at this whole thing. This is my first batch of beer period and "thought" I did my homework but is it resulting from something I did improperly? I know yeast isn't always 100% but what else would cause the gravity not to change?

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