Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > No bubbling in the air lock for more than 4 days
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-12-2012, 01:56 AM   #1
str8upbrad
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 28
Default No bubbling in the air lock for more than 4 days

I bought a starter "pail" kit and made my first brew on Sunday. I followed directions, sealed the pail, added the air lock with a shot of vodka. It is sealed well. I've watched you tube videos and I have seen that sometimes fermenting takes over 24 hrs. Now it's about 4 days. I removed the air lock and I do see a foam and a lil built up gunk around the sides. If I follow directions I'm supposed to bottle in 3 days , but should i??.. I've kept it in a room that has stayed 19 degrees. I know it's a little cold.. Anyways please help. Is my brew screwed?? Should I toss it and start over?? Thanks
str8upbrad is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 02:01 AM   #2
Hex23
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Illinois, Lake County
Posts: 920
Liked 54 Times on 53 Posts
Likes Given: 56

Default

There is nothing wrong with your beer. Be patient wait at least 2-3 weeks (from when you first pitched yeast) to let the yeast clean up (the longer the better) before you bottle. 19C would actually be a fine temp for an ale. If you want to help speed up the process a little, go ahead and move it to a warmer place if possible.

The active fermentation where sugars are converted to alcohol, ending in a final gravity can sometimes only take 48 or so hours, but often takes longer than that. The remaining time is to let the yeast cleanup all the byproducts they made. If you bottle now, the beer might taste "young" or "green". Give it time to bulk condition on the primary yeast.
Hex23 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 02:02 AM   #3
freisste
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Posts: 2,443
Liked 308 Times on 259 Posts

Default

Sounds like you've had fermentation. Did you take OG? Even if not, take a FG reading in a couple days, then take another 2-3 days later. If it is constant, it is safe to bottle. Most people will tell you that in general, you should wait about 3 weeks in the primary, regardless of what the directions say.
freisste is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 02:05 AM   #4
chanson16
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Wichita, KS
Posts: 105
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Just because there are no bubbles doesn't mean that it is not fermenting. The only way to be sure is to take a hydrometer reading to see if the gravity is less than when you pitched the yeast.

If there is foam and "gunk" on the sides it is probably working.
chanson16 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 02:16 AM   #5
dkeller12
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 280
Liked 21 Times on 18 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

A bubbling airlock is not an indication of fermentation. You may have a leak or did not seal the pail good enough causing the CO2 to escape through easier openings. The only way to determine if your batch has fermented is to take a hydrometer reading. Did you take a starting gravity reading to know where you started and where it is now? The gunk you mentioned is Kraeusen, which is the foam created by fermentation. Your brew doesn't sound screwed and I would leave it in the primary "pail" for at least 2-3 weeks to finish fermenting. Learn to throw out the instruction a kit comes with and go to howtobrew.com to get a better idea of what to do. Bottle when you get 3 identical gravity readings over 3 or 4 days and when it is within the specified final gravity that the recipe calls for. Do not throw it out, see it all the way to the end.
dkeller12 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Still Bubbling After 12 Days? Just-a-Guy Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 01-13-2012 05:00 PM
air lock bubbling still after 10 days Jcmccoy Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 23 03-23-2011 07:44 PM
24 days and still bubbling Belmont General Beer Discussion 11 04-30-2009 12:58 AM
4 days and still bubbling... bhughes Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 12-28-2008 11:03 PM
38 days still bubbling.. Ridge Runner Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 01-12-2008 03:58 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS