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Old 09-22-2006, 04:56 PM   #1
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Default No signs of fermentation!

I brewed my second attempt at this hobby Wednesday (English Pale Ale) and a day and a half latter I still don't see any bubbling. I put it in my basement and it got to 66 degrees. Is this to cold? Whats going on? Or NOT going on? Anyone!


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Old 09-22-2006, 04:59 PM   #2
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What kind of yeast are you pitching? that is not really too cold, but it is a little down there for an Ale Yeast, and that might be your issue.

Let us know on the yeast, as well as your cooling/pitching procedure.


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Old 09-22-2006, 05:40 PM   #3
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The yeast I used is what came with the kit,Nottingham brewing yeast. Iam following Dave Millers Homebrewing guide. I pitched the yeast by stirring it into a cup of warm(100 degree) water and cover for 10-15 min. Then stir into wart. I stirred the crap out of the wart with a sterile spoon on and off for 20 min. to airate it
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Also for cooling I filled the tub with cold water and 4 bags of ice to get down to 70 degrees as fast as possible.I kept the lid on the pot except when I checked the temp occassionally by stirring with one hand and holding the thermometer with the other to get an accurate reading.
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Is this fermenting in a bucket? If so, and the lid is not completely sealed, which is not uncommon, you will not see any airlock activity. If it is in a bucket, carefully open the lid to see if any foam (krausen) has formed on the top, or if a scum ring is present on the side of the bucket just above the liquid level. This will be an indication of whether fermentation is taking place.

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OK. As long as the yeast is viable, I would think that you would see action soon. The one time I fermented in the mid 60's *F it took a while. I do hydrate the yeast for a little longer than that, a couple hours in cooled boiled water and extract. I do this to ensure that I am pitching viable yeast.

The other thing you could check is whether you have a good seal on your fermenter bung/lid. If there is a leak, it could be starting without building pressure, though you would start to see a krausen. Are you using a bucket or a carboy? if a bucket, lightly press the lid and see if the airlock moves, indicating that it is building pressure. bungs normally seal well. If you feel a little pressure, then it is going, and is just a slower starter. I would give it to mid weekend and then possibly repitch some more viable yeast.
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I'm using a bucket. Thanks for the ideas, I'll give 'em a try
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Good luck. Post back with info when you get it.
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Okay , I did get bubbles when I pressed on the top, Checked the lid and air lock. Decided to lift the lid and take a little and peek, no krausen at all. Resealed lid, sanitised airlock and replaced. What do you think, still wait a couple days? Temp now at 68*F, moved it to main floor this morning.
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did it feel like there was pressure, or were you forcing it down?


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