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Old 03-08-2011, 10:31 AM   #1
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I started my very first batch Sunday afternoon. I have done everything by the letter. I started the fermentation process on Sunday afternoon at 5pm. By 3am Monday morning the valve was bubbling like crazy. Now here it is Tuesday morning at 5am and it is only bubbling every 2 minutes. Is this normal? I am brewing 5 gallons in a pale. The beginning SG was 1.040. Thanks in advance for your help..

 
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:55 AM   #2
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Ok what temp are you fermenting at?
The airlock does not indicate much except that Co2 is leaving.
Be patient let it sit 3 weeks.
a low gravity beer like that the primary fermentation may already be done or close to it.
But leave it alone for at least 3 weeks.
I am no pro or seasoned vet but I have seen this question a lot. so now just wait for the rest to answer your questions. A ton of great people on this forum.
so let me be the first to tell you.
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:10 AM   #3
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The temperature is 65 to 68 degrees

 
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:11 AM   #4
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You are fine RDWHAHB and give it 3 weeks at least.
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:43 AM   #5
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It may be hard to do but, like what was said, "leave it alone!"
Every time you open up the bucket to see what's goin on, or check the gravity you run the risk of some bacteria or wild yeast getting in there to spoil it.
Keep the bucket closed and be patient. The yeast is gonna do their job.
Check it after at least 3 weeks.
You'll thank yourself for it, with something you can drink and enjoy.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:30 PM   #6
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I pitched Saturday night - had a blow Off at 11:00 Sunday and Monday it was calm with a bubble ever few minutes - all is well. Yeast do things their own way and every batch can be different - I've had active fermentation last 10 days and 2 days. Even when there are no bubbles after a week - it's still working.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:32 PM   #7
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Thank you for the info

 
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:33 PM   #8
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From what I can gather most of the fermentation is done in the first few days. Then the yeast start cleaning up after the party. This helps to clear the beer. I know this first hand. Because of the batch I just bottled. And they are clearing really nice.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:36 PM   #9
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It may be hard to do but, like what was said, "leave it alone!"
Every time you open up the bucket to see what's goin on, or check the gravity you run the risk of some bacteria or wild yeast getting in there to spoil it.
Keep the bucket closed and be patient. The yeast is gonna do their job.
Check it after at least 3 weeks.
You'll thank yourself for it, with something you can drink and enjoy.
Thanks for the info... on the advice of a family member I created a satilite fermenter which I use for testing specific gravity...

 
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:53 PM   #10
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I did my first boil yesterday and went into the primary at 4:00 pm. Prior to boil I monitered a spot in my house for three days, it held a constant 68 to 69. I placed my primary in that spot and now the temp is 65 according to the sticky thermometer on the primary. I'm using a WLP300, optimal range 68 to 72. I've been in the primary for 17 hours and am getting a bubble every 6 to 8 seconds. Will the temp rise as the yeast begin to really party? Should I make efforts to raise the temprature a few degrees or should I RDWHA...crap...I don't have any home brew yet?

 
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