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Old 09-16-2008, 01:37 AM   #1
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SO we are on our 9th beer brew and so far so good. We have not messed anything up and we successfully plowed through our beer like alcoholic trojan horses!!!

I decided to make up my own recipe and got the blessing from our LHBS owner that it "should" be a good IPA which is what I was shooting for. My question is.....the 5 gallons of "Cheap-Ass IPA" as I named it is sitting in my carboy with no signs of the usual fermentation activity????? Also for some reason i had to re-fill my airlock with water twice.......what gives????

Its been about 5 days since the brew. My recipe is the typical IPA recipe just with my own selection of hop additions. Used WLP001 yeast. Extract. Pitched yeast at about 85-90 degrees.....is that where i messed up?????

Again...any input much appreciated.

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Old 09-16-2008, 01:40 AM   #2
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Wow. Way too hot to pitch yeast.

It shouldn't have killed it, but not good. Missing water, and i might be wrong here, is due to suck-back from the wort cooling once the airlock was on.

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Old 09-16-2008, 01:46 AM   #3
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Yeah, +1 on both counts, I'd say.

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Yeah, +1 on both counts, I'd say.

damnit....i knew it......am i pretty much f'd hear with this one.....


edit: its cool now....can i add yeast
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damnit....i knew it......am i pretty much f'd hear with this one.....


edit: its cool now....can i add yeast


After 5 days, there is pretty decent chance of infection. But, if i was you, I would re-pitch yeast and see how it tastes in 2 weeks. Might be minimal effect on taste, if you are lucky
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:05 AM   #6
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If you've had an airlock on the whole time and have been reasonably good about refilling it with santized water I wouldn't be too worried about infection. Even if you hadn't, never assume you have an infection, re-pitch and see what happens.

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Old 09-16-2008, 02:12 AM   #7
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alright...thanks alot guys. i will re-pitch tomorrow and in a couple of weeks i will let you all know the outcome just so the other newbs can learn from my ignorance....

thanks again.

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Sometimes with the 3-peice airlocks if they are a bit stuck in the cork and you've done some good torqueing on it you can put a small crack in the bottom resulting is a small leak. I'd check for a crack in the airlock. Also if you don't put the cap on, it will evaporate much faster.

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did you check the gravity before you repitched? They yeast may really like that hotter temp. Fermentation could have happened in a flash that warm, resulting in large quantities of fusel alcohols.

watch out for HEADACHES!

that said, if it was hot enough to kill the yeast, you may be in luck. I did the same thing with a stout, repitched on day 4, and it turned out fine.

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well you almost made it to ten with no screw ups, that pretty good. I have a bock that was sucking water back in, I re pitched and it was bubbling several times a second, a bit violent

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