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Old 08-29-2010, 05:54 PM   #1
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I started a batch of Austin Homebrew's Belgian Witbier yesterday. I used Wyeast's 3944 yeast since the home brew shop I visited didn't have whitelabs like the recipe calls for. Anyway I pitched the yeast at 6pm last night and this morning I still didn't have any activity. I shook the primary pail to try and get it going. Since this is my first experience with this yeast I am a bit nervous that it hasn't started fermenting. Wyeast's website said this could be a slow starting yeast and some may take 36 hours to show activity. How long should I wait before I get nervous? If I have to repitch I don't have any more witbier yeast or any HBS's close by that carry any.

 
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:08 PM   #2
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RDWHAHB. You are long ways from worrying. Sometimes it takes 72 hours before noticeable fermentation.

 
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:17 PM   #3
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If wyeast says 36 hours you definitely have no reason to worry before 36 hours. After 72 hours it's time to assess the situation.

 
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:28 PM   #4
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Whenever I brew a batch, I usually see activity after a day. The last beer I did took almost 3 days. Don't sweat it. Plus, no activity in the airlock doesn't mean our little yeast buddies aren't alive and well.
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:31 PM   #5
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If I read it right you used a liquid yeast with no starter?

You will be at least 3 days before you see active fermentation.

The yeast are having an Orgy right now to get their numbers up before they attack the evil sugars in your wort
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Old 08-30-2010, 01:11 PM   #6
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7am this morning we have activity in the airlock. Hope it is as tasty as the last batch I made.

 
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