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Old 11-08-2010, 02:58 PM   #1
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I just created(plagiarized) my first recipe using many resources for a Christmas ale. Everything went fine with cooking, I cooled the mix and pitched the yeast in the recommended range. This was on Saturday. I'm used to yeast taking a day or day and a half to work so I checked it on Sunday night and had no bubbling. Checked again Monday morning and still nothing.

At this point, should I be worried? Is it OK to open the bucket at this point and see if anything is going on?

If the yeast isn't working, is there anything I can do to rescue the batch?

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Old 11-08-2010, 03:11 PM   #2
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Did you make a starter? You can experience longer lag times without one. Wyeast 1028 usually starts up in about 12-18 hours for me, but I pretty much always use starters and pitch them when they are fully active.

There is no harm at all at opening the bucket briefly to see if there is activity. I open mine to top-crop yeast regularly now. Sometimes the lid just isn't fitting as well as it has in the past and your airlock won't bubble.

If you do just have a dud batch of yeast, there is no harm in getting some new yeast and pitching that right in (make a starter).
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:16 PM   #3
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Good advice there from NCBeernut- your beer may be fermenting, but if your bucket isn't sealed well, you'll not see airlock activity.
That London Ale yeast just made a delicious porter for me.
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:35 PM   #4
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It was one of those packs that has the bubble in it to pop, I believe the directions said to pop it and shake it to activate. It was in a slurry form, not the solid.
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Do you know the OG? was it an activator or propagator?
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:53 PM   #6
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It was an activator, and the OG around 1.077.

Is it possible that it's already done bubbling out?
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It was an activator, and the OG around 1.077.
That's a pretty big beer to brew without a starter. My guess is within the next 24-36 hours you'll see activity. That would be a good time to take a gravity reading, too.

You do have dry yeast on hand for emergency use, don't you? If not, see if you can't procure some in the meantime.
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:59 PM   #8
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put a little keg lube on the o-ring, that should seal stuff up
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:42 PM   #9
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I think the bucket is sealed tight, when I press on the lid, the lock bubbles. Opened the bucket and nothing is going on. I have a pack of dry yeast to pitch, I may give it to til the morning. Lesson learned with the yeast, thanks for the tips!
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:29 PM   #10
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Pitched the dry yeast and it's fermenting away. Is it possible that I didn't prepare the original yeast properly? I popped the smack pack and shook it up and dumped it in after aerating the wort. Is there something else I should have done differently to this style of yeast?
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