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Old 06-12-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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Seems strange that I brewed on Sunday and my ESB Krausen fell after only one day. I'm guessing there's still fermentation happening (I know relax and have a home brew) but why would that collapse so quickly?

I made a yeast starter the night before.

The airlock started bubbling within a few hours.

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Old 06-12-2012, 03:19 PM   #2
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What was the fermentation temperature. High temperatures can make the fermentation go fast. Temperatures that are too high can also lead to off flavors and fusel alcohols.


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I'm not sure. I don't have any temp control on my fermentation but my house stays at around 69-71 upstairs and fermentation is in the basement (finished basement) and usually is a degree or two lower.

I also cover the carboy up with a towel to keep any light from hitting it.
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Yeast do strange things sometimes. I've seen the kreusen drop and yet the fermentation continued normally (it just didn't look "normal"). Visual indicators like kreusen, air-lock and yeast movement can be helpful, but a hydrometer is much more meaningful.
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