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Old 03-27-2007, 11:28 PM   #1
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Default No bubbles in airlock after 36 hours in bucket. Am I screwed?

First off, just found this site and it is great. Thank you all as I have been reading a ton of threads, but have finally run into my first issue.

First time homebrewing. Thought we had done very well as far as sterilizing, following instructions, and everything, but we put the wort into the bucket with yeast and a quick stir around 10PM on Sunday night. As of now (Tuesday 8PM) I am seeing no bubbles in the airlock.

Any ideas?

Temperature has been constant at 70 and it is not exposed to light.

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Old 03-27-2007, 11:30 PM   #2
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Just give it some time. You may have a poor seal, you may not have pitched enough yeast; 36 hour lag is not so unusual. If you still haven't seen any activity tomorrow, pop open the top and see if there are any signs of krausen, if not, maybe give the fermenter a little shake and repitch.

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Is it ok to take the lid off and take a look in? Or is that a cardinal no no?

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Is it ok to take the lid off and take a look in? Or is that a cardinal no no?
I did on my first batch. From what i have read, their is enough c02 to keep airborne bacteria off. But i also had bubbles 8 hours after i pitched the yeast. What yeast did you use? Also did you do a full boil or a partial?
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I did on my first batch. From what i have read, their is enough c02 to keep airborne bacteria off. But i also had bubbles 8 hours after i pitched the yeast. What yeast did you use? Also did you do a full boil or a partial?
Yeah, if he ain't fermenting, there ain't any co2. At any rate it should be avoided, but it's not an absolute killer.

You might try warming it up a bit, adding some energizer and repitching yeast in that order if it doesn't start soon.

And the lid deal is a good suggestion to, it actually happens more than you'd think to first timers.
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I swore when we pushed the lid down, it made loud noises when we "snapped" it into place.

We used a dry yeast that was in the "Brewer's Best" kit we used.

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Even when the lid snaps into place there is a possibility for a loose seal. Opening the fermenter for a quick peak shouldn't hurt too much (some folks still ferment in open vessels).

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I swore when we pushed the lid down, it made loud noises when we "snapped" it into place.

We used a dry yeast that was in the "Brewer's Best" kit we used.
Try putting a slight pressure on the top of the lid. I know on mine it shows bubbles in the air lock. Which IMO would show that it is sealed good.
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I have pushed down on the center of the lid to expel some air and it comes out through the airlock.

Is it possible though, that my force would cause it to choose the easiest route out? Or if there is a bad seal, would it be escaping through that bad seal and not the airlock no matter what?

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I have pushed down on the center of the lid to expel some air and it comes out through the airlock.

Is it possible though, that my force would cause it to choose the easiest route out? Or if there is a bad seal, would it be escaping through that bad seal and not the airlock no matter what?
Yes, but the c02 is going to go the same route. I would just give it some more time.
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