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Old 12-24-2009, 12:45 AM   #1
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Take into consideration that I am very new to this and this is only my second batch (first is in progress and seems to be doing well). I started a 3 gallon batch of Apfelwein with my 10 year old son and started it at 2pm and it is now 642pm and I have not seen a single bubble from my airlock. All ingredients were room temperature so I think that is why the yeast is not going crazy but it still makes me nervous. Especially since my HBS will most likely be closed the next two days and I won't be able to run and get more yeast. What do you think guys? Thanks in advance for your help!!


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Old 12-24-2009, 12:53 AM   #2
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It's only been 4 hours! If there's no action this time tomorrow, then maybe get a little concerned.


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Old 12-24-2009, 12:54 AM   #3
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Since you were decently careful in sterilizing your fermentor (right ) its not really different than if you had the apple juice sitting in jugs on the shelf...

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If its not bubbling in 24-36 hours don't sweat it. BTW - how tight is the airlock and cap - might some CO2 be escaping?
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That's nothing to worry about. Just give it some more time and I'm sure it will be fine.
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Keep in mind that the yeast in Apfelwein doesn't really go crazy. It just sits there and quietly ferments for a month or so. Relax and Welcome to HBT!
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Keep in mind that the yeast in Apfelwein doesn't really go crazy. It just sits there and quietly ferments for a month or so. Relax and Welcome to HBT!
Didn't notice you are a new poster - welcome! As you can see - I'm a relative noob too - the community is great. My first batch of Apfelwein is tasting great!
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Thanks guys.....I'm new to this and easily freaked out.....plus my son is excited about it to boot. I am seeing some small bubbles in the wort so some activity is taking place but not enough yet to move my air lock. I suspect by morning it will be a different story. I am using a 3 gal glass carboy, improvement on my mead (which is in a 2 gal plastic bucket), so we can watch the show!!! I have an orange silicone cap that has two openings, one capped, and a 3 piece air lock filled with vodka....all are tight. I apologize I am totally new to this and have wanted to brew for years.....discovered a HBS in our town so I have easy access. Any suggestions on future brews let me know for sure!!!
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My experience - the orange caps aren't "that" tight so don't look for a ton of activity in the airlock. Again, welcome and merry christmas!

PS - my 2 year old loves brewing stuff!
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what kind of cap would you suggest?
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The carboy caps are great and there isn't really a need to be airtight. Caps are to keep nasties from falling in and if a little CO2 escapes out from around the edge, no big deal.


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