Do I have a problem? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Do I have a problem?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-20-2011, 10:36 PM   #1
fan1cowboys
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
denton, tx
Posts: 6


Brewed a couple of batches of beer Sunday 9/18. My first attempt by the way. One was a high gravity beer I measured it at 1.086. I aerated well I think, pouring the wort back and forth about 10 times and then did the same with the water I added. Pitched white labs WLP099 that I had made a starter from earlier.

Fermentation started within 12 hours, very vigorous bubbling and was constantly having to top off the airlock. Last night the airlock went dry when I was sleeping. Total time in the fermenter at the point I found this was about 36 hrs. It has now been in for about 48 hours and there has been little to no activity since running dry.

Any suggestions?



 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2011, 10:44 PM   #2
hypergolic
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Rapid City, SD
Posts: 215
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


Air lock activity is not a sign of fermentation. Replace the air lock with a blow off tube if you have one, then you won't have to worry about the liquid in the air lock. Wait a week or so and take a gravity reading, that will tell you if fermentation has taken place.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2011, 10:52 PM   #3
kh54s10
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
kh54s10's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2011
Tiverton, Rhode Island
Posts: 10,319
Liked 1496 Times on 1234 Posts


You have a co2 layer on the wort so you are OK. Again airlock activity is not a reliable indication of fermentation Wait at least a week after signs of fermentation has stopped and take a gravity reading then wait a day or 2 and take another reading if it is the same fermentation has finished. Wait another week or 2 then you can package.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2011, 11:13 PM   #4
macsyrinx
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
ABQ
Posts: 47
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Gravity levels indicate fermentation, not airlock activity
__________________
unzip, strip, touch, finger, grep, mount, fsck, more, yes, fsck, fsck, fsck, umount, sleep

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2011, 11:32 PM   #5
Malstorme
Yeast-herder
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Malstorme's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2011
Sapulpa, OK
Posts: 59
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by fan1cowboys View Post
... was constantly having to top off the airlock. (@36 hours total fermentation) Last night the airlock went dry when I was sleeping....
I've seen people talk about having to refill their water locks, but mine tend to show little evaporation even after several weeks. I can't imagine a water lock drying up so quickly outside of fermenting in the Gobi desert...

Mals

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 12:24 AM   #6
muthafuggle
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
, Utah
Posts: 185
Liked 11 Times on 10 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Malstorme

I've seen people talk about having to refill their water locks, but mine tend to show little evaporation even after several weeks. I can't imagine a water lock drying up so quickly outside of fermenting in the Gobi desert...

Mals
Sometimes negative pressure builds up in the fermenter and sucks the sanitizer (or whatever you put in your airlock) into the bucket. No big worries, just refill it and resume staring at the bucket, willing it to ferment as usual. Or whatever you do with your beer
__________________
"Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son"

Primary: 90 Shilling
Secondary: Empty
Bottled: Out of beer... need to brew more.
Kegged: STILL out of beer.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2011, 02:08 AM   #7
Drunkenfool
Recipes 
 
Apr 2009
Bloomington il
Posts: 61

If u r using a bucket those things leak like a sieve, if u have a clear Carboy u can see it moving. I'm with them. Wait ab week and take a gravity reading. You don't really need the water in the airlock Anyhow.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2011, 01:45 AM   #8
fan1cowboys
Recipes 
 
Sep 2011
denton, tx
Posts: 6

Ok, thanks for all the help. I checked the gravity after a full week and It reads 1.062. The original gravity was 1.086. Checked again 3 days later (today) and it is 1.062. Isn't this too low to be done. Recipe says final gravity should be 1.022.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2011, 03:04 AM   #9
edb23
Recipes 
 
Jul 2010
Pittsburgh
Posts: 467
Liked 19 Times on 10 Posts


that stable too high gravity may be a sign of stalled fermentation, but maybe not. don't touch it for a while, i mean a while, like 2 weeks. if at that point the gravity is still high search stalled fermentation and you'll find out how to fix it. but you don't have a problem just yet.
__________________
it is the drink of men who think
and feel no fear nor fetter
who do not drink to senseless sink
but drink to think the better

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2011, 01:49 PM   #10
Brihaus
Recipes 
 
Oct 2011
Posts: 43
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by fan1cowboys
Ok, thanks for all the help. I checked the gravity after a full week and It reads 1.062. The original gravity was 1.086. Checked again 3 days later (today) and it is 1.062. Isn't this too low to be done. Recipe says final gravity should be 1.022.
How did this work out for you? Did you have to re-pitch?



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Low OG a problem? EmGeeTee Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 03-18-2011 05:54 PM
Hopefully Not A Problem muse435 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 02-10-2011 03:03 AM
Have a problem packy28 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 01-09-2011 11:32 PM
Keg Problem outdoors76 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 10-28-2010 10:22 AM
think i may have a problem... muggs Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 02-12-2009 06:19 PM


Forum Jump