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Old 04-05-2010, 05:33 PM   #1
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I brewed my first batch friday afternoon. By Saturday afternoon it was peculating really good. The airlock was flowing bubbles like crazy until this morning. Now it doesn't appear to be bubbling at all. I stared at it for 15 minutes and never saw a bubble.

It's in a basement room at 62 degrees and the stick on thermometer on the fermenter reads 66. Yesterday it read 70. Wondering if I need to move it upstairs which is 68 right now or should I just RDWHAHB.

Btw, I don't have a hydrometer and never took any readings. It's a Brewers Best Red Ale kit.



 
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:34 PM   #2
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It could be done. As the fermentation becomes less active, the amount of heat generated decreases. Wouldn't hurt to bring it up, but it will clear faster at lower temperatures.


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Old 04-05-2010, 06:52 PM   #3
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I'm in no hurry just want it to turn out right so whatever is best for it, 62 or 68 degrees I can do either.

 
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:16 PM   #4
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Get a hydrometer, that's the only way you'll know for sure if it's done. If it's not done moving it to a higher temp may wake up some yeast and get fermentation going again. If it is done, then I'd leave it in the cooler area.

 
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:06 PM   #5
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Get a hydrometer, that's the only way you'll know for sure if it's done. If it's not done moving it to a higher temp may wake up some yeast and get fermentation going again. If it is done, then I'd leave it in the cooler area.
+1 to what Brookdale said. I will also add that just because it starts bubbling again after moving it, doesn't mean it's fermenting again. You may have just knocked a little bit of CO2 out of it.

 
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:35 PM   #6
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Well I moved it upstairs a few hours ago and it hasn't started bubbling again. It bubbled hard for two days then quit. Normal??

 
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:49 PM   #7

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Well I moved it upstairs a few hours ago and it hasn't started bubbling again. It bubbled hard for two days then quit. Normal??
If temperature were the problem, two hours wouldn't change very much.

Buy a hydrometer and check the gravity. It's hard to get by without one and there is no reason to try.

I've had batches ferment out in two days.

 
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:59 PM   #8
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If temperature were the problem, two hours wouldn't change very much.

Buy a hydrometer and check the gravity. It's hard to get by without one and there is no reason to try.

I've had batches ferment out in two days.
Yes I need one anyhow so I will go get one tomorrow. If I remember right the directions said to leave in fermenter for 5-7 days before bottling so maybe it's a fast fermenting batch.

 
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:16 AM   #9
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could just be a fast one. Still, no reason to rush. Let it condition for a while in the primary. I remember when I did my first batches I was always in such a hurry to get to the next phase - now that I've been brewing for years I just kinda forget about it for 2-3 weeks or so and the quality of my brew's have increased.

+1 for a hydrometer. it's the only way to know for sure.

 
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:29 AM   #10
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My plan was to leave it for 2 weeks. Again I'm in no rush and if time makes it better I'm willing to wait. Plus the stores are loaded with Bells Oberon now!



 
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