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Old 03-21-2012, 01:41 AM   #1
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I did my first all-grain brew on Thursday. Fermentation was recommended at 70. I put my carboy in the basement and went out of town for the weekend. When I returned on Sunday I noticed the temp at 62. I have since moved the carboy upstairs where the temp has been raised and is holding around 70, but I have not had any active fermentation since I have been home. Should I be concerned?

I did a yeast starter also. Do I need to add more yeast?


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Old 03-21-2012, 01:47 AM   #2
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I'll bet all the fermentation activity went on while your away. When I pitch with a starter, I get activity in about 6 hours, with peak at about 18. By the third day it's looking pretty boring. If you're sweating it, take a gravity reading.

BTW, what was your OG? And what kind of yeast did you use?


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I did my first all-grain brew on Thursday. Fermentation was recommended at 70. I put my carboy in the basement and went out of town for the weekend. When I returned on Sunday I noticed the temp at 62. I have since moved the carboy upstairs where the temp has been raised and is holding around 70, but I have not had any active fermentation since I have been home. Should I be concerned?

I did a yeast starter also. Do I need to add more yeast?
For most yeast strains 62f is no problem.

How do you know there is no fermentation? Is the beer in a bucket or carboy?

Are there any visable signs of fermentation(krausen ring around the top of the fermentor)?

Hydrometer reading?
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Take a gravity reading and compare against the OG reading.

I second needing the OG, current SG, what yeast you used and such. Otherwise, we're shooting blind...
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I'll bet all the fermentation activity went on while your away. When I pitch with a starter, I get activity in about 6 hours, with peak at about 18. By the third day it's looking pretty boring. If you're sweating it, take a gravity reading.

BTW, what was your OG? And what kind of yeast did you use?

I didn't take an OG. I used a Belgian Wit WLP400.
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For most yeast strains 62f is no problem.

How do you know there is no fermentation? Is the beer in a bucket or carboy?

Are there any visable signs of fermentation(krausen ring around the top of the fermentor)?

Hydrometer reading?

My very first batch of any type of brewing. I have it in a carboy. Just doesn't seem like any. There is a slight krausen ring around the top. I thought it might have started and then possible stopped because of the lower temp it was at. I haven't taken a hydrometer reading.
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Take a gravity reading and compare against the OG reading.

I second needing the OG, current SG, what yeast you used and such. Otherwise, we're shooting blind...
I do know that the FG is to be 1.011 per the recipe.
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Hydrometer is your friend.
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I do know that the FG is to be 1.011 per the recipe.
So take a gravity reading and figure out where you are. If you have a krausen ring, you've had some fermentation.
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My very first batch of any type of brewing. I have it in a carboy. Just doesn't seem like any. There is a slight krausen ring around the top. I thought it might have started and then possible stopped because of the lower temp it was at. I haven't taken a hydrometer reading.
If you are unsure, take a reading. Can't hurt.

Typically, wlp400 is fairly vigorous.


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