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Old 07-24-2009, 05:23 PM   #1
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Hey, i started my first batch of beer today. I used a Beer kit (all ingrediants in one can and packet of yeast).

Unfortunatly it took me 2.5 hours to get the wort under 30C so i could add the yeast. I had the yeast airiating (spelling?) all this time because i didnt realise it would take so long. Ive had the yeast in the batch now for about an hour and there is no air lock activity.......is this normal? Am i just being paranoid about my first batch?

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Old 07-24-2009, 05:26 PM   #2
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Sometimes never....

First you don't even concern yourself about fermentation beginning for 72 hours because; Fermentation can take 72 hours to start.

But more importantly, airlock bubbling, lack of airlock bubbling, stopped airlock bubbling, fast airlock bubbling, slow airlcok bubbling, heavy metal airlcok bubbling, or disco airlock bubbling really is not an indicator of what is happening to your beer. It is NOT a fermentation gauge, it is a valve to release excess pressure, excess CO2...NOT AN ACCURATE INSTRUMENT....

I have 9 different fermenters and have been brewing for a few years, and OVER HALF OF MY BEERS NEVER HAVE ANY BUBBLING IN THE AIRLOCK AND THEY ALL TURN OUT FINE!

Fermentation is not always "dynamic," just because you don't SEE anything happenning, doesn't mean that anything's wrong, and also doesn't mean that the yeast are still not working dilligantly away, doing what they've been doing for over 4,000 years....

Right now your yeast is cominng out of a dormant period, it finds it self surrounded by 5 gallons of food, so it is waking up, and waking up its friends...THEN before it starts truly diving in the yeast start growing an army to best eat it, so they have a wild orgy and then make a bunch of yeast babies. Then they get to work. SO that can take up to three days before the really get going..it's called lag time, and it is perfectly normal.

If you've oxygentated, and pitched plenty of yeast, then you SHOULD reach your yeast attenuation, and get close to the final gravity.....that is all that is important...NOT whether or not you airlock goes "blip" or "Rattattattatta!!!!"

An airlock is a vent for excess co2, nothing more, it's to keep your beer off the ceiling, and is designed to vent and still keep stuff out of your beer....that's really it...

In fact many no longer use airlocks at all, just cover the hole with a piece of tinfoil, or use a piece of plexiglass instead of a lid.

Read this for why airlock analysing is useless, and what is the only gauge of ferementation...http://www.homebrewtalk.com/1217925-post3.html

The only way to truly know what is going on in your fermenter is with your hydrometer. Like I said here in my blog, which I encourage you to read, Think evaluation before action you sure as HELL wouldn't want a doctor to start cutting on you unless he used the proper diagnostic instuments like x-rays first, right? You wouldn't want him to just take a look in your eyes briefly and say "I'm cutting into your chest first thing in the morning." You would want them to use the right diagnostic tools before the slice and dice, right? You'd cry malpractice, I would hope, if they didn't say they were sending you for an MRI and other things before going in.....

So ignore your airlock, ok???? It's fun entertainment to watch, but doesn't mean anythings wrong if you don't see it.

Welcome by the way...Just relax, the yeast knows what it needs to do and will do it when it's ready.

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Old 07-24-2009, 05:26 PM   #3
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1 hour is perfectly normal for no activity. If you used 1 packet of dry yeast, it could take several hours, even up to a day until u really start to notice activity

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Revvy said everything you need to know. Relax it should be starting soon. Have a homebrew.....

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Right now your yeast is cominng out of a dormant period, it finds it self surrounded by 5 gallons of food, so it is waking up, and waking up its friends...THEN before it starts truly diving in the yeast start growing an army to best eat it, so they have a wild orgy and then make a bunch of yeast babies. Then they get to work. SO that can take up to three days before the really get going..it's called lag time, and it is perfectly normal.
REVVY lmfao! what a post!
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:49 PM   #7
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Cool. Thanks alot i was just getting worried cause i let the yeast airiate for so long. Phew.

Id love a homebrew but ive none ready

Looks like ill have to get a 6 pack of Dutch gold instead

Thanks guys, looking forward to exploring this site and the world of brewing!

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REVVY lmfao! what a post!
Yeah...I'm kinda proud of that one myself.....

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Revvy sits here looking, waiting for some of these questions that come up daily. Then he pounces like a jungle cat.

Sometimes they never bubble.

Somtimes when they do, it takes up to 72 hours.

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