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Old 11-13-2006, 03:56 PM   #1
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Default Slow Starting Wit?

Ok, I brewed a wit and pitched White Labs Wit yeast on Saturday night. Still no action in the firmentor. I didn't use a starter, and I did aerate, although I agitated the firmentor with the yeast already pitched. Temp started at 66 F and Last night (Sunday) I raised the temp to 70 F. My question is, When should I start getting worried? My LHBS is a ways away.

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Old 11-13-2006, 05:16 PM   #2
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I wouldn't be too worried yet. I've had yeast take up to three days to start. Next time, make a starter to be sure that the yeast is viable and has a chance to reproduce. Make sure your lid is firmly sealed and there is no chance for CO2 to escape unnoticed.
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Old 11-13-2006, 05:40 PM   #3
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Ya, don't worry yet.

But in the future, you really should make as starter. Since I've been on this board, I've seen TONS of threads about slow / no fermentaion with no starter.

I can't remember even one where there was a problem with a starter.
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Ya, don't worry yet.

But in the future, you really should make as starter. Since I've been on this board, I've seen TONS of threads about slow / no fermentaion with no starter.

I can't remember even one where there was a problem with a starter.
If you use a starter, don't count on your carb-lock to handle the first week of fermentation. You'll get a massive ferm the first couple of days which will require a run-off hose. BOOM!!!!
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Old 11-13-2006, 06:15 PM   #5
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I pitched a tube of White Labs Belgian Wit without a starter before and it started fermenting in 18 hours and was vigorous for a week.

However, this was only a 2.5 gallon batch I brewed...
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