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Old 06-27-2008, 05:46 PM   #1
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No bubbles, at least not many. I pitched last sunday around 10:00 at night.
My first brew.
The fermenter has been in my room with the A/C on since then.
I never saw the actiive bubbling I expected. I get a bubble maybe once every 4 to 5 mins.
What's going on?

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Old 06-27-2008, 05:49 PM   #2
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Airlock activity should not be something that gives you the worries. Do you have a hydrometer?

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Old 06-27-2008, 05:52 PM   #3
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Get out of the mindset that airlock means anything...bubbling or lack of in the airlock is not a good indication of fermentation occuring...There's way too many variables that can come into play in terms of airlock bubbling to use that as an indicator.

You could have for example and bad seal between the grommet (or stopper) and the airlock, or the lid on the bucket isn't fully tight and gas is getting out elsewhere besides the airlock, or the stopper and mouth of the carboy and that would appear slow, while fermentaion is actually occuring rapidly... Or the little bubbler in the airlock could be sitting a little crooked, or become weighted down with tiny co2 bubbles and need to build up a good head of gas before blurping again.

Even having the airlock leaning slightly askew affects it.

I've had beers in my fermentor that have had almost no airlock activity, but I saw the liguid in the airlock was saturated with tiny bubbles. But on the other hand, the brown ale I pitched on a yeastcake from a previous batch sounded like a machine gun the way the bubbler was going up and down...I ended up needing a blow off tube once it got going...

So as you can see airlock activity varies, and should not be used a a sign of speed or lack of fermentation....That's where the hydrometer comes into play.

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I have a hydrometer and took a reading before pitching. 1.05 at 75 degF.
There is a white/tan sediment about 1/2 to 1" thick on bottle of carboy. There are very few bubbles/foam on top. No tiny bubbles in mixture.
Should I agitate the yeast. (No I don't mean nag at them)

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Your description is suggesting to me that fermentation is indeed happening/has happened. You'll only now for sure if you pull a sample and take a new Hydro reading. You won't want to do anything with your beer till the reading remain the same for 2 - 3 days in a row.

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Old 06-27-2008, 06:11 PM   #6
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Get out of the mindset that airlock means anything...bubbling or lack of in the airlock is not a good indication of fermentation occuring...There's way too many variables that can come into play in terms of airlock bubbling to use that as an indicator.

You could have for example and bad seal between the grommet (or stopper) and the airlock, or the lid on the bucket isn't fully tight and gas is getting out elsewhere besides the airlock, or the stopper and mouth of the carboy and that would appear slow, while fermentaion is actually occuring rapidly... Or the little bubbler in the airlock could be sitting a little crooked, or become weighted down with tiny co2 bubbles and need to build up a good head of gas before blurping again.

Even having the airlock leaning slightly askew affects it.

I've had beers in my fermentor that have had almost no airlock activity, but I saw the liguid in the airlock was saturated with tiny bubbles. But on the other hand, the brown ale I pitched on a yeastcake from a previous batch sounded like a machine gun the way the bubbler was going up and down...I ended up needing a blow off tube once it got going...

So as you can see airlock activity varies, and should not be used a a sign of speed or lack of fermentation....That's where the hydrometer comes into play.

Revvy- On average, how many times per day do you find yourself copying & pasting the same info in the Noob thread?
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:30 PM   #7
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Yes, I've read that same post before. You know how us noobs are. Hopefully it will turn out great and I can wait until the next new guy starts a thread about no bubbles.
I guess worst case is that the beer will taste like crap and I'll dump it.
The kit only costs $30. I can start again.
But wait, there is another worst case. The beer could have set a bad bacteria never before seen by mankind and KILL ME!

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Revvy- On average, how many times per day do you find yourself copying & pasting the same info in the Noob thread?
No kidding, he needs that on an auto-reply for every new post in the noob section.
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Revvy- On average, how many times per day do you find yourself copying & pasting the same info in the Noob thread?
Waaaaaayyyy to many...but it beats typing the same answer over and over...A lot of people give up answering the same question over and over...so somebody has to do it...

It's not like it's not repeated several times in places like the "Stone Cold" sticky created specifically for people new to the forum, or in the wiki....or wouldn't be found by searching "no bubbles" in the forum....Or on at least one other thread in the beginners forum on any given day...

It seems like this is a big issue this week with people...wonder why???

Oh well...
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No kidding, he needs that on an auto-reply for every new post in the noob section.
Know how I can program that?
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