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Old 12-11-2012, 05:25 PM   #21
Nov 2012
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Originally Posted by pcollins View Post
I pitch on yeast cakes often and with a fresh one I usually have activity within an hour. Fun!
I can relate to this. I've just tried a couple yeastcakes recently and the first was churning within 3 hours, and most recently I noticed churning in 1.5 hours. Aside from the cakes, the best times I can recall with liquid yeast starters is in the 6-7 hour range. I figure as long as I'm seeing some activity within about 12 hours I'm pretty happy.

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Old 12-11-2012, 05:28 PM   #22
Apr 2012
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I brewed a 3bbl batch (forget what kind), pitched yeast and by the time I was done with cleanup and paperwork (about 3hrs later) I had vigurous airlock activity showing.

Can't say I have had that since that time though, usual is about 12hrs or so for activity in airlock.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:40 PM   #23
Jun 2012
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Originally Posted by scottab View Post
Just brewed up midwest's liberty cream ale which i modified. I had a 1L starter of washed 1056 which i prepped 24 hours prior. I added yeast energizer enough for the full 5 gallons, aerated with the wine whip before pitching and again right after. Airlock activity started within 3 hours... i was shocked.

I've had fermentations start that quickly before.
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