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Old 01-03-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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Me and my girlfriend attempted our first brew this last week and after 5 days there is no signs of fermentation. I think I messed up when I tried to re-hydrate the yeast by A) putting it in water that was too hot and B) by re-hydrating it too early (over an hour before we pitched it). After not seeing an evidence of fermentation in the airlock I cracked the lid of the bucket yesterday and nothing is going on. We are also seeing a drop in the water level of our three piece airlock which is a separate issue but has us both confused. The bucket is also a little cold (63-64 F) and we are planning to move it to a warmer place in the house.

Our plan is to buy some more yeast and re-pitch. The soonest I can do this is tomorrow as our local home brew shop was closed Monday for the holiday and is closed today as their normal day off. Is this the proper course of action?

 
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:17 PM   #2
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What was your Original Gravity and the Gravity reading on your Hydrometer when you cracked the lid?

 
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:19 PM   #3
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that airlock means nothing, it's a co2 vent. only gravity readings can give you 'visible signs of fermentation'.






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Old 01-03-2012, 06:23 PM   #4
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Not to pile on, but I echo the above. Check your gravity to see if anything is happening. If not, then re pitch and see what happens.

 
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:28 PM   #5
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Me and my girlfriend attempted our first brew this last week and after 5 days there is no signs of fermentation. I think I messed up when I tried to re-hydrate the yeast by A) putting it in water that was too hot and B) by re-hydrating it too early (over an hour before we pitched it). After not seeing an evidence of fermentation in the airlock I cracked the lid of the bucket yesterday and nothing is going on. We are also seeing a drop in the water level of our three piece airlock which is a separate issue but has us both confused. The bucket is also a little cold (63-64 F) and we are planning to move it to a warmer place in the house.

Our plan is to buy some more yeast and re-pitch. The soonest I can do this is tomorrow as our local home brew shop was closed Monday for the holiday and is closed today as their normal day off. Is this the proper course of action?
What is the yeast strain? Most yeasts are very tolerant in the lower 60s

Rehydrating too warm could kill the yeast but an hour before pitching is perfectly acceptable.

Were there other signs of fermentation (krausen ring around the inside of the bucket or a krausen layer atop the liquid)?

An airlock CAN tell you if fermentation is happening. The absence of airlock activity does not necessarily mean fermentation is not happening.

If you don't see the physical evidence of fermentation krausen ring or layer, repitch.
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What's your current gravity? That's really the ONLY sign you can go by.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:45 PM   #7
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What is the yeast strain? Most yeasts are very tolerant in the lower 60s
I'll second that - usually low 60's ambient is perfect. Keep in mind the yeast generate heat when they ferment, so your actual wort temp can be 5-10 degrees higher. Hot fermentations don't taste too good, I'd err on the side of cooler.

 
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:03 PM   #8
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Wow thanks for all the responses everyone.

I'll take a hydrometer reading tonight and see if it has changed from the original of 1.050. There is no krausen layer or ring inside of the bucket but I'll confirm fermentation with the hydrometer and if nothing is going on I'll re-pitch.

The yeast strain is Nottingham Ale Yeast if that makes a difference.

 
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Wow thanks for all the responses everyone.

I'll take a hydrometer reading tonight and see if it has changed from the original of 1.050. There is no krausen layer or ring inside of the bucket but I'll confirm fermentation with the hydrometer and if nothing is going on I'll re-pitch.

The yeast strain is Nottingham Ale Yeast if that makes a difference.
If you're using Nottingham, it is very happy at 57-62 degrees so no need to warm it up!

Check the Sg and see where you're at. If there isn't any change for some reason, you can add repitch.
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:56 AM   #10
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To clear up the airlock issue, the water will drop as the piece in the center is pushed up and out of the water by pressure in the fermenter.

 
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