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Old 05-04-2007, 12:41 AM   #1
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So I brewed my first batch on tuesday night. Pitched yeast on wednessday morning when it was finally cool. It is now Thursday evening and I have not seen any sign of fermentation yet. Is there anything I should do or is this a lost cause. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 05-04-2007, 01:05 AM   #2
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How did you store it over night?

How long did you wait from end of boil to pitching the yeast?

How did you cool it?

Post your recipe and OG.



 
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:21 AM   #3
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Well, it didn't sit too long, I would say no more that 5 hours or so from the time I finished boiling to pitching the yeast, I stayed up very late and then got up too early to go to work, The wort was stored in the primary fermenter for that time and the only thing I did to cool it other than wait was to add the required cold water to make up the 5 gallon batch. I don't have the starting gravity with me here at work, but I remember that it was very close to the gravity listed with the recipe. The recipe was a partial mash Samuel Smiths oatmeal stout clone. Hopefully while I sit here at work it has started doing something, I but I am not holding much hope for it. Paul

 
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:27 AM   #4
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I'm a total new guy to breweing, but if it helps, my first batch was like that. I came home from work expecting some magical creation, but nothing. Then, I was awoken in the night with bubling and gurgling, kinda like the night before christmas only with beer. But when mine took, it went off in a hurry, and is now doing great. I sampled a bit before I bottled it and it was even good then, can't wait for the final product. Maybe no help to you but hang tight, I'm sure a more experienced fella will chime in.

 
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:29 AM   #5
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Next time try putting the pot in the sink or bath tub and run cold water and use ice (on the outside). I fill a tub of ice in the freezer over a few days before I boil and using around 50 ice cubes and water in the bath tub I can bring 3 gallons down to 80F in about 10 minutes.

It is important to get the yeast in there so bacteria or wild yeast can't take over. If everything was WELL sanitized I think you will be OK.

Give it some time that is going to be the only way to tell.

Also what type of yeast did you use?

 
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Old 05-05-2007, 12:58 AM   #6
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I can't remember the yeast I used, it was a dry yeast that came with the clone kit. It has now been about 60 hours with no sign of fermentation. I am pretty sure this one is going to be a total loss, except for being good practice I guess. Any chance the yeast is to blame, and also do you think my supplier would try to make good on this.
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Old 05-05-2007, 01:19 AM   #7
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If you still have no fermentation in the morning, I'd go buy some new yeast from your Local Home Brew Store (LHBS) first thing in the morning and pitch it on there. You might well save it yet!

 
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Old 05-05-2007, 01:35 AM   #8
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Is this batch still viable, without the yeast working their magic yet has this brew sat around too long? I don't know if I will be able to get yeast any sooner than saturday night/sunday morning with my current work schedule. Heres hoping.

 
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Old 05-05-2007, 01:58 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Paulinuke
Is this batch still viable, without the yeast working their magic yet has this brew sat around too long? I don't know if I will be able to get yeast any sooner than saturday night/sunday morning with my current work schedule. Heres hoping.

Still give it a shot. The worst thing you can have happen is you spend another 5 bucks on yeast and have it not work. Try making a small (1quart) starter a day early then pitching the yeast. Better to try to fix it first before dumping.

What temperature are you fermenting at? Also what are you using as a primary? If it's a bucket with a lid, perhaps.... the lid leaked by and it actually fermented.
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Old 05-05-2007, 02:03 AM   #10
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What temperature are you fermenting at? Also what are you using as a primary? If it's a bucket with a lid, perhaps.... the lid leaked by and it actually fermented.
Yeah, that's a good point. Open it carefully and see if you see signs of krausen (foam). If so, close it really well and cross your fingers!

If not, get some yeast and pitch it. Someone at your homebrew shop should be able to help you match yeast to the to the style you've done. I'd try to go with dry yeast in your situation. Maybe even two packets just to innoculate the heck out of it!

You have nothing to lose but a few bucks and a drive to the LHBS, and I'd say you have very good odds of saving it.

Was it yeast from a kit? In future don't bother with that. Buy some from the fridge at your LHBS as it's almost certainly fresher.

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