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Old 10-10-2012, 12:17 AM   #1
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Default No yeast activity.. re-pitch yeast.. should I boil the wort again?

I pitched the yeast on Saturday and have seen no effect at all as of today. I am going to wait until this weekend before getting some more yeast from the LHBS. My question is.. if the yeast is indeed bad, should I boil the wort again this weekend given that it's been sitting at room temperature for a week?

It's a belgian tripel with a SG of 1074

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Old 10-10-2012, 12:21 AM   #2
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Check the gravity and see if it did do anything, don't rely solely on appearance or airlock activity

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Old 10-10-2012, 12:22 AM   #3
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I pitched some yeast on Saturday and have seen no effect at all as of today. I am going to wait until this weekend before getting some more yeast from the LHBS. My question is.. if the yeast is indeed bad, should I boil the wort again this weekend given that it's been sitting at room temperature for a week?

It's a belgian tripel with a SG of 1074
Have you taken a gravity reading to be sure nothing is happening?

Did you aerate? What yeast did you use? Did you make a starter? Is it in a bucket with the possibility of a leaky seal?

No you do not need to re-boil. Fermentation can take up to 72 hours o start, especially if any of my questions were no or not sure.

Before doing anything further take a gravity reading
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Default Thanks guys

I haven't taken a gravity reading yet because, as you guys mentioned, I feel it's still too early to panic. I just want to be preparred for the worst. lol

I used Wyeast Belgian Abbey 1214

I haven't checked the seal on the bucket, but both bucket and lid are brand new. I'll check anyway

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oh, and I didn't aerate the wort much, apart from a messy pour into the bucket and a quick stir right before pitching the yeast.

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I haven't taken a gravity reading yet because, as you guys mentioned, I feel it's still too early to panic. I just want to be preparred for the worst. lol

I used Wyeast Belgian Abbey 1214

I haven't checked the seal on the bucket, but both bucket and lid are brand new. I'll check anyway

Thanks again!
There is no need to panic but there is no harm in checking gravity to ensure that something is happening. The lids on buckets are notorious for not sealing well, especially if the lid does not have a rubber gasket in the lip. If the lid leaks the airlock won't bubble.

Aerating the wort is one of the most important things you can do when pitching yeast. Ample O2 is red during the first growth phase of the yeast. Without ample O2 the initial lag/growth phase will take much longer, stress out the yeast and promote fermentation problems like off flavors and poor attenuation.
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Sounds good. Still no activity, so ill take a reading today to see if its done anything. If not, I'll aerate the wort best I can and pitch a new vial of yeast.

Quick question..how much yeast is too much?

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With no starter you needed around 2.5 tubes of yeast.

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Sounds good. Still no activity, so ill take a reading today to see if its done anything. If not, I'll aerate the wort best I can and pitch a new vial of yeast.

Quick question..how much yeast is too much?
You can visit Www.yeastcalc.com to calculate the proper pitch rate for any beer. Simply enter date on pack, batch size and OG.
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So the label on the tube that says one tube for a 5 gallon batch isn't accurate? I'm asking cause I am not getting much activity either, but again, I'm using a bucket so it could be leaky and I haven't check the gravity so I am not relying on what the airlock is doing. I was going to just let it ride a couple weeks and check things out to see where it was at. I only used one tube pitched directly in to my 5 gallons of wort. I am assembling the parts to build a stir plate so I will be using starters from here on out.

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