The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Oh darn it

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-23-2011, 02:44 AM   #1
sgoehner
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Wauwatosa, WI
Posts: 82
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Oh darn it

Ok, so I kept reading on the site ( I have posted this elsewhere but need some advice), I kept reading that it was better to keep the fermenter cool so as not to get off flavors. My yeast temp was recommended at 65-73 and I was running around 70-71. I put it in a swamp cooler and brought it down to 65-66 and all the bubbling stopped in the airlock. What should I do now?

__________________
sgoehner is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-23-2011, 02:54 AM   #2
SterlingHopper
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 67
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Warm it up again. Take a gravity measurement. Maybe swirl the fermentor to stir up a little yeast from the bottom.

__________________
SterlingHopper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-23-2011, 03:46 AM   #3
shafferpilot
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
shafferpilot's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Cincinnati OH
Posts: 1,639
Liked 19 Times on 18 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

do NOTHING!!! when you cool a fermenter the gas and liquid inside contracts. Airlock activity is NOT an indicator for whether or not fermentation is occuring. Take a gravity reading and leave it alone. Take another reading in a couple days and see if it's dropping or if it has reached FG. Don't start shaking it up and all that crud. If you get a stuck fermentation, those are some steps to attempt, but you are FAR FAR away from measures like that.

I feel the need to say it again:

AIRLOCK ACTIVITY IS NOT A MEASURE OF FERMENTATION.

__________________

A great man knows that he knows NOTHING

shafferpilot is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-23-2011, 03:59 AM   #4
Grumpybumpy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: , Wa
Posts: 709
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SterlingHopper View Post
Warm it up again. Take a gravity measurement. Maybe swirl the fermentor to stir up a little yeast from the bottom.
NOT this

Quote:
do NOTHING!!!
THIS

How long has it been in the fermenter?
__________________
Grumpybumpy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-23-2011, 04:16 AM   #5
sgoehner
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Wauwatosa, WI
Posts: 82
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Grumpybumpy View Post
NOT this


THIS

How long has it been in the fermenter?
It has been in since about 11:00 central time on Saturday. I took it out of the ice bath and it is at 68 right now. I have not swirled it at this point.
__________________
sgoehner is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-23-2011, 04:18 AM   #6
shafferpilot
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
shafferpilot's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Cincinnati OH
Posts: 1,639
Liked 19 Times on 18 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

as it warms up, it'll start bubbling again because the gas and liquid inside will start expanding as the temp climbs. Controlling fermentation temps is a good idea, but if you want to do it, you need a better plan right from the start feel free to ask for help and advice.

__________________

A great man knows that he knows NOTHING

shafferpilot is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-23-2011, 04:21 AM   #7
ChshreCat
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ChshreCat's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 11,229
Liked 452 Times on 359 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

Cooler liquid can also hold more CO2. So, as the beer cooled it would have retained more of the CO2 rather than bubbling it away.

__________________
ChshreCat is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-23-2011, 04:22 AM   #8
Grumpybumpy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: , Wa
Posts: 709
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default

Try to keep it around 68 or a bit lower, and there's no need to swirl it. I'd wait to take a hydrometer reading until at least Thursday.

edit: I wait at least 9 days until taking my first reading, and I know some on here wait a couple weeks if not 3.

__________________
Grumpybumpy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-23-2011, 04:35 AM   #9
sgoehner
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Wauwatosa, WI
Posts: 82
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by shafferpilot View Post
as it warms up, it'll start bubbling again because the gas and liquid inside will start expanding as the temp climbs. Controlling fermentation temps is a good idea, but if you want to do it, you need a better plan right from the start feel free to ask for help and advice.
I am definitely learning that and realize that I should have just left it alone.
__________________
sgoehner is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-23-2011, 04:38 AM   #10
sgoehner
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Wauwatosa, WI
Posts: 82
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Grumpybumpy View Post
Try to keep it around 68 or a bit lower, and there's no need to swirl it. I'd wait to take a hydrometer reading until at least Thursday.

edit: I wait at least 9 days until taking my first reading, and I know some on here wait a couple weeks if not 3.
It is right at 68 now after being out of the swamp cooler, I am going to have to work on the ice additions because the room it is in is running around 72 right now and will go up a little in the next couple of days because of the weather, even though that is the coolest room in the house. I had planned on waiting to take a reading until Monday.

ETA, I am brewing the Northern Brewer Innkeeper Extract with Grains recipe using Wyeast 1768 English Bitter yeast (which I might add smelled amazing)
__________________

Last edited by sgoehner; 08-23-2011 at 04:45 AM.
sgoehner is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
So I made a light beer - darn!!!!! callmebruce Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 02-20-2011 08:08 PM
What to do with these darn grains?! DtownRiot Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 03-04-2009 11:49 PM
oh ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh - darn lips ChickenSoop Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 15 12-30-2008 10:29 PM
Concerned About that Darn Cide taste tigerface Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 10-18-2008 04:12 PM
Darn o-rings vinestbrew Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 05-19-2008 01:12 AM