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Old 02-24-2013, 11:51 PM   #1
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Default Temperature way too low?

I made a small batch today, the goal was a 2.5 gallon batch. I'm trying to figure out the process, and want to make more batches so I get the hang of it faster.

The wort, after I chilled it came out to be about 1.25 gallons and I had to make up the rest with cold water. I figured this out early and shut off the wort chiller water so the last half would be higher and the 1.25 gallons would be hot enough for me to add the water without ending way too low Well, it didn't work out that way. The temp after I added the water was at 50 degrees.

I figure it has to be warmer before I pitch the yeast so I put plastic over the mouth of the fermentor and stuck it in a warm place waiting for the temp to get higher before I pitch. The instructions say to pitch at 65 to 70.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 02-25-2013, 12:03 AM   #2
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What your doing is the right way to go about it, just keep it covered, and when it gets to 65 degrees you can pitch. Hopefully the temp comes up quick, because the quicker the yeast starts the fermentation process the less likely you will be to get an infection.

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Also, be sure to vigorously aerate your beer prior to pitching, that will help your top off water get mixed in, and will provide ample oxygen for your yeasties to reproduce.

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+1 you'll be fine.

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OK, it has been 22 hours, how long do I wait before I do something?

The temperature has been stead at 70 degrees. The yeast, White Labs California Ale is optimal between 68 and 73.

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OK, it has been 22 hours, how long do I wait before I do something?

The temperature has been stead at 70 degrees. The yeast, White Labs California Ale is optimal between 68 and 73.
You've pitched already, right?

If not, you may want to get it in there now.
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yep, i pitched when it was at 68. I shook it real well, it was all very foamy, all the way to the bottom. Pitched twice as much yeast as called for.

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Well, I think I could use some help. The wort is sitting at 71 degrees and the compartment the fermentor is in is at 70 degrees. The airlock is up against the top of the plastic lid. I don't see it move up or down, just stays at the top. I pitched the yeast just 3 hours short of 48 hours ago. Any suggestions?

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Any chance your fermenter is not air tight? Air leakage from the lid of the bucket, for example, can make it seem like nothing is happening.

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I tried to twist the cork and it seems pretty lodged into the opening. It's a 3 gallon carboy. The liquid level is sufficient that it would have to bubble for it to escape the airlock.

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