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Old 11-13-2012, 02:26 PM   #11
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Hmm, guess that means I should stop moving it, trying to get the yeast goin'

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Old 11-13-2012, 03:20 PM   #12
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Gravity readings and observation tell you almost everything you need to know about your fermentation.

And as for a leaky bucket letting air in it depends on the type of leak whether it'll be a problem.

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Old 11-13-2012, 09:35 PM   #13
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While I haven't had a chance to take a reading, I did open the cover and take a peak. There's about 2" deep of foam and a nice Krausen ring, so I'll check gravity once the kids are in bed but I guess all is well in homebrewland.

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Old 11-13-2012, 09:44 PM   #14
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Since you have evidence that everything is going well I suggest it is time to leave it alone. If you are worried about the seal on the lid wrap the joint with Saran Wrap.

Wait about 3 weeks then check for Final Gravity then bottle the beer. The more you mess with it now the more likely you are to introduce infection or oxidize the beer.

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I wasn't planning on touching it anymore, other than a reading which ill take via the faucet, so I wont have to lift the cover again. Or should I bother?

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I wasn't planning on touching it anymore, other than a reading which ill take via the faucet, so I wont have to lift the cover again. Or should I bother?
I wouldn't even bother at this point. The krausen is enough to tell you that fermentation is going on. IMO, to take a gravity reading is just wasting beer at this point. You wouldn't have karausen if it wasn't fermenting. Give it a couple of weeks and then take the readings to make sure it's done.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:14 PM   #17
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OK, sounds like a plan. I wasn't certain that a Krausen ring ONLY appears due to fermentation

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