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Joneszen 08-05-2012 02:27 PM

Where are my flaws?
Hello, this is my first actual post on hbt. I need some advice or guidance from you fellow home brewers.

I made a batch of German style dark last night. It was a kit, and everything was textbook up until I transferred the wort into a carboy. First issue was temp, I used a copper wort chiller to cool it. I thought my temp was around 80 degrees but when I transferred it to carboy it was coming in at 90. I really wanted it to cool down before I pitched my yeast for maximum environment.

I covered it with a sanitized towel and let it sit and cool down for about 30 minutes. It still was between 70 and 80 degrees after 30 but I needed to go to sleep so I went ahead and pitched it.

This morning I woke up and ran down to the basement to find my wort not active yet. So my question is did I screw it up by pitching out of the comfort zone?

My other issues are my yeast, I did not make a starter. I have in the past but thought that two vials of white labs would be enough. One of the vials expired in may, I figured I would use it since it was the same strain and it would only add more yeast to production. I do not know if I am going to have a slow start or not and that is really starting to bug me.

How long should I wait before I intervene with the current setup?

This is what I used,

True brew extract kit
plus I added
1# black malt
1# chocolate malt
1# dme

my OG was 1.06
I used 2 White Labs Abbey yeast vials.

I pitched around 0130 and it is now 0929 with no visible activity yet what should I do?

ChessRockwell 08-05-2012 02:39 PM

Just give it more time :) Pitching lower would have been better but it didn't kill your yeast. As long as the other vile wasn't expired you should have enough healthy yeast in there.

ron,ar 08-05-2012 02:40 PM

Wait, I think you are worrying for no reason, give it time. I think the temps were ok but don't use lquid yeast much. Others will chime in with good advice but I think it's too early too worry.

Hops4life 08-05-2012 02:41 PM

RDWHAHB..... Active may not show up for 2r hours or more. As was already said just give it time.

Pappers_ 08-05-2012 02:42 PM

You're fine. If you pitched mid-70s, your yeast are fine. As for the lag time, don't fret. Its not unusual for it to take 24 -48 hours, sometimes more, to see visible signs of fermentation. The yeast are already busy, you just can't see it.

Pitching two vials is fine. It may have been a little under pitched compared to the optimum, but nothing to worry about.

Joneszen 08-05-2012 03:57 PM

I have never had problems with lag, so I guess I am just over reacting. I had a schedule and I guess the beer has its own schedule go figure!

ThreeSheetsBrewing 08-05-2012 04:34 PM

In my experience White Lab yeast straight from the vial show a good amount of lag time. Be patient and give it more time, your temps are o.k.

Joneszen 08-05-2012 10:50 PM

OK so the wort is completely still, which is a first for me. At this point there is usually some kind of movement in the wort. If I re-pitch will it mess everything up since it will be a different yeast?

ThreeSheetsBrewing 08-05-2012 10:55 PM

How long has it been since you pitched?

ChessRockwell 08-05-2012 10:56 PM

So how long has it been now, about 16 hours? I'd still give it more time... at least overnight

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