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Old 09-23-2007, 05:57 PM   #1
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Brewed a Northern kit friday night, hit the OG exactly per the directions. The activator pack was fully expanded after 4 hours and I pitched it into wort at 7o degrees. As of today, no activity in the airlock.

Tomorrow I'm going to grab some dry yeast, but this is the first beer to no take off after 24 hours. I'm a bit confused because I am finally starting to feel confident about my techniques.

Any ideas?

Oh yea, it was the mild ale kit.

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Old 09-23-2007, 05:58 PM   #2
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I'd Wait123

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Old 09-23-2007, 06:00 PM   #3
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I'd make sure that the lid or stopper is on tight, then I'd wait.

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72 hours is my re-pitch time.

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peek inside. if there is a krausen, then you have a leak and that's why there's no airlock activity.

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Old 09-23-2007, 07:36 PM   #6
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i vote for wait too!

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I went down tonight and gave the bucket a good rockin', checked the airlock and banged on the lid to make sure it is tight. My lid has a rubber seal in it, so I am thinking it is sealed. Hopefully something happen by tomorrow.

I'm going to start trying to do yeast starters in the future to get faster activity.

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Me too, I vote wait. While you are waiting, check the date on the vial/pack. Then think about or research the high temps along the route from the HBS to your place. Yeast is no more happy about sitting around in a truck at 100f than we might be, in fact, they usually crump. As the others have said, check your bucket seal. Just apply a bit of pressure to the center of the lid and look for bubbles in the lock. I ain't saying your yeast is dead, but it may be a bit battered. Wait it out ........

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The yeast pack was fully expanded in under 4 hours so I know the yeast was doing something before pitching. When I push on the center of the lid, the airlock does begin to move (I have the S shaped one) I like the S bend because I can tell how much pressure is in the bucket based on where the liquid is in the S and right now it is almost balanced.

I'm going to play with some starters this week before doing one for a brew.

Thanks for the input though. I'll keep you posted if I see anything tonight.

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Still no activity. I made a dry yeast starter last night with 1L of water and 4 tbsp of DME. Boiled for fifteen minutes and added dry yeast. I'm waiting for that to take off before I add it to the beer bucket.

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