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Old 12-30-2010, 12:49 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

First of all, many thanks to everone who has helped out in any thread, i read as many as i can and always appreciate the fact that no one here flames anyone for asking silly questions etc..

so with that said.. onto mine

In the process of preparing/brewing my second batch since October. First batch was Octoberfest, i had some issues w/ it but it turned out pretty good overall. Different thread no need to rehash. Anyway onto the current issue-

True Brew Nut Brown Ale "kit":
Followed instructions and everything to my suprise went absolutely perfectly. Color looked great, taste sample was delicious. so whats the problem you ask?? No Bubbles

The wort?? has been in the primary fermenter for almost 48hours- i've spot checked it about 6 times and not once did i see anything happening. Im concerned that i may have bad Yeast or that i may be trying to ferment at too low of a temp... (60 degrees F)?

How concerned should i be? Should i get more yeast? If so, how much etc? or should i just wait longer?

Thanks again everyone.

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Old 12-30-2010, 01:08 PM   #2
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What yeast did you pitch?

What does your hydrometer say?


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Old 12-30-2010, 01:29 PM   #3
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The yeast that came with the kit- I believe it was "Ale Yeast" it was Dry but thats about all i can remember sorry.

Took a reading right before adding the yeast Temps were around 70 degrees. It was on the high side per the kit's #'s, It was right about 1.058

Would it matter that i used Ice Water to cool the Wort?
Process was:
2.5 Gallons COLD tap water in the bucket then i slowly added the wort then i added an additonal 2/3 gallon ice/water to bring me to the 5gallon line.

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Old 12-30-2010, 01:33 PM   #4
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Take another hydrometer reading to see if it's changing. You might need to move it to a warmer area.

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Old 12-30-2010, 04:09 PM   #5
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What is the recommended temperature range of your yeast? You may be at too low a temp and want to move your fermenter to a warmer room. If the temp of your wort was within the range of your yeast when you pitched, it should not matter that you used ice water to cool your wort.

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Old 12-30-2010, 04:19 PM   #6
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Try warming it up to about 68° or so. It may be a little chilly for the yeasties to do their "thing". Of course it all depends on your particular yeast but from my very limited experience most ale yeasts like the upper 60's for their optimum range.

I would give it a few more days before checking the gravity(prime chance for infection each time you touch the wort) if your gravity has not changed from the OG then you may have to investigate further! One concern is when you added the cold water, did you stir thoroughly? When you mix liquids of different densities you need to mix very thouroughly cause they do not want to mix naturally. A gentle stir for at least 5 minutes then check your temps and gravity!

just my opinions, good luck!

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Old 12-30-2010, 04:26 PM   #7
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That yeast is Munton's dry, I'm pretty sure, which isn't anyone's favorite. I don't think it will work well at 60 degrees.

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Hey everyone-- I had to head out of town for a few days, anyway im back and it looks like the beer has done its "thing". Theres a lot of foam/head in the carboy and as of this morning there are a steady flow - slow like 1 per 3-5 seconds- of bubbles. Im assuming that seeing the foam and slow bubbles that while i was away the beer fermented - at least partially seeing as there are still some bubbles its obviously not finished

So, the temps were a steady 60 degrees and yeah i think im going to have to try a new place for the next batch or get yeast that work better in lower temps if thats even available. Problem that im going to have is the wifey.. haha.. im sure she doesnt want a beer bucket in her living room..

Couple more easy questions..
Should i still move it to warmer temps? If shes still bubbling i need to let it finish right? Also, any chance of it going bad/spoiling? Its been fermenting for a total of 8 days at this point.

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Problem that im going to have is the wifey.. haha.. im sure she doesnt want a beer bucket in her living room..
Just put a T-shirt on the fermenter. Voila! Your unsightly bucket is now unobtrusive company.
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It will ferment slower at a lower temperature but it will also ferment more cleanly, so less yeast character or esters will be present.

As an FYI -- it is generally not a good idea to add ice from an icemaker/ice cube tray/purchased ice because they are generally not sanitized. If you want to sanitize some tupperware and freeze boiled water in them that would be fine but you don't otherwise know what bacteria/mold/wild yeast might get into the water or ice system.

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