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Old 08-24-2011, 02:49 AM   #101
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Default fermentation??


I bought an extract kit from austin home brew of the blue moon clone. i have it fermenting now.. this is my first try at brewing. there is really no activity in my carboy. as far as i know there is supposed to be some bubbles on top? or my air lock should be having air bubbles in it. it has been sitting for 3 days now. if anyone has any knowledge on this please let me know. thanks in advance

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Old 08-24-2011, 04:41 AM   #102
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What temp did you pitch your yeast?

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Old 08-24-2011, 04:59 AM   #103
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:03 PM   #104
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Did you record the OG? It could've been a bad batch of yeast and you might want to just suck it up and throw another pack in there (I'm assuming it was dry)

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Old 08-24-2011, 02:41 PM   #105
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Yes I did. It hasn't moved.

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Old 08-24-2011, 05:41 PM   #106
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did you rehydrate your yeast before pitching? Aerate your wort before pitching? If there's absolutely no activity or krausen forming, then you might just have dead yeast, which is an unfortunate (semi) regular occurrence when buying kits.

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Old 08-24-2011, 08:37 PM   #107
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disregard, repeat Q

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Old 08-25-2011, 02:49 AM   #108
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Its kicked on this morning. I am business now have a nice layer of foam and can see activity will check gravity tomorrow. But it's not dormant any more

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Old 08-25-2011, 02:59 PM   #109
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Its kicked on this morning. I am business now have a nice layer of foam and can see activity will check gravity tomorrow. But it's not dormant any more
Likely you just had low viability of the yeast, or you under pitched. The yeast just took several days to reproduce and build up an army big enough to take on your brew.

next time (if you are fermenting in glass), shine a flash light into the wort and look for little particulates in suspension, possibly floating upward and into suspension - that is the the yeast getting ready to rock. If you are in an opaque bottle you don't have that luxury.

In the future:

1. Try waiting about 5 days before getting worried.
2. Keep your temp at 68-72F or so until you see signs of fermentation.
3. Start learning about appropriate pitch rates.

If I were you I would leave your ferment alone and not check the gravity until it is done fermenting (krasuen falls, etc.). the more you touch it, the more chance you risk infecting your batch.



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Old 09-05-2011, 08:50 PM   #110
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This is taking some
Time.. Checked my gravity and it was 1.040.. Still have activity going on. Impatiently waiting for it

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