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Old 02-26-2013, 12:16 AM   #1
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I'm 70 hours into fermentation and I haven't seen a bubble in the airlock yet. I'm brewing midwest's Irish stout. I took a picture and attached it below.

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:17 AM   #2
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I accidentally posted before I was finished. Should I repitch the yeast or just wait longer?

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:20 AM   #3
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By the looks of that ring, it looks like the Krausen has risen and fallen. Id say let it sit for the full 3ish weeks and take a gravity reading. Airlock is not the sole indicator or fermentation (as nice as it is to see).


Also maybe some more details like yeast, pitching temp, etc would help

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:39 AM   #4
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I don't remember what type of yeast they sent. It was their standard dry yeast. I pitched it at 76 which was higher than I intended. It has be sitting at about 68-69 since.

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:51 AM   #5
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Put the lid back on, your yeast are doing fine. They just need a little relaxation now. The ring of gunk above your beer is a krausen ring and it tells me you have fermentation going on and the yeast need more time to finish. Here's a description of the phases the yeast go through. Yours is in the third phase.

http://www.brewgeeks.com/the-life-cycle-of-yeast.html

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:57 AM   #6
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I'm brewing the same recipe (my first brew) from Midwest, the Irish Stout. It comes with a package of Muntons Dry Ale Yeast. Mine has been sitting in a 68-71 degree tub of water for 2.5 weeks and JUST NOW the airlock started bubbling (although I smelled "fermentation" for the first few days when I had the blowoff tube in the bucket lid). Just be patient man, I'm learning there can be some crazy nuances with brewing beer. Just let it sit, don't mess with it. If it sucks now (doesn't ferment, gets infected, etc) it'll suck at three weeks too. If its good now and you mess with it, it may suck in three weeks (you may infect it, you may over pitch, etc)....so either way I'd just wait.

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:58 AM   #7
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Cool. I avoided taking the lid off till tonight because I know that it can take a while for the yeast to take off. I'm guessing my bucket isn't airtight. I need to get a carboy so I can see everything easier.

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Old 02-26-2013, 01:03 AM   #8
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It looks like it's already done. Close the lid for a few more days then then take a gravity reading. It it's where the kit says the fg should be, go ahead and bottle it. No reason to wait 3 weeks when the beer is done fermenting

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It smelled pretty good when I opened the bucket. Since its only my second batch I don't know what to look for. Thanks for all the advice.

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The second batch I ever made had no airlock activity, not a single bubble, but finished fine. Same bucket, lid, and airlock bubbled on the next batch... Sometimes you just have a small air leak so you don't see activity.

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