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Old 12-01-2011, 05:34 AM   #1
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Call it poor research, poor planning, bad advice or all of the above...
5 days ago I brewed a 5.5 gallon batch of Hefe. I used a singe pack of Wyest Bavarian Wheat #3638, without a starter. The little yeasty beasties worked hard for about 48 hours then slowed to minor burp. Since then the bubble rate has slowed to 1 per minute or slightly more. The temp has been locked in at 65-66 degrees since post boil. I probably should have used a starter or a second smack pack of yeast. My question is, would it be ok to add a second smack now or do I have to live with what I'v got?

 
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:57 AM   #2
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Why do you think you need to add more? Airlock activity is not a good sign of fermentation. Yeast do a lot of things after they stop bubbling. Gravity is the only way to tell. I would let it sit a few more days and take a gravity reading. If at that point it is too high then you may need to do something about it.

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Old 12-01-2011, 05:58 AM   #3
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Airlock activity is not a definitive sign of continuing yeast activity. Also, in a reasonable OG beer (~1.055 or below), it's not unusual for the bulk of fermentation to complete in 48 hours. Take a gravity reading right now. Then take one tomorrow to see if it's still dropping. Then and only then decide, based on what you want FG to be, whether or not you need to pitch more yeast.

And yes, you can pitch more yeast to get your FG where you want it (to some extent). But don't expect it to bubble like crazy --there's likely not enough simple sugars left in the beer for another round of vigorous fermentation.

 
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:58 AM   #4
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Beat me to it, hyper!

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Old 12-01-2011, 06:00 AM   #5
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Heh just trying to help the guy or gal out.

 
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:12 AM   #6
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Thumbs up for you![/QUOTE]

Thanks for the reference!!

 
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:14 AM   #7
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One smack pack will ferment your beer, you may have under pitched a bit but it will make beer. No reason to use another smack pack, they are expensive.

 
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:18 AM   #8
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The OG was 1.046, targeting 1.020 - 1.018. I'll take a quick reading on Sat and see how it's progressing. Thanks for talking me off the ledge....

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Old 12-01-2011, 06:21 AM   #9
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That's not a hard number to hit at all and if your smack pack was relatively fresh, your cell count was plenty high enough. I'm betting you're going to come in BELOW where you expect as it is. Let us know.

 
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:27 AM   #10
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Heh I figured but I didn't want to assume.

 
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