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Old 12-30-2012, 12:49 AM   #1
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Brewed a big beer yesterday, 1.070. Kept the keggle in the garage covered due to frozen water spigots so no immersion chiller. We had started the us-05 rehydration that afternoon due to our expected finish time (oops). Aerated the wort with a drill and sterilized paint stir, pitched 1.5 packets of the rehydrated us-05 per 5 gal which the wort was at 54 degrees, took in to a cozy spot in the basement where it sits at 64 degrees. 36 hours later, no activity. Repitch tomorrow morning when the store opens? And is this a lost brew?

 
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:51 AM   #2
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The yeast probably got a slow start at the 54F. Even at 64F us-05 is going to take a little while to get started. I'd be surprised if you don't see something tomorrow.

 
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:05 AM   #3
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Give it more time man. RDWHAHB.
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:13 AM   #4
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I agree that the low starting temperature probably delayed the start a lot. I would wait another 2 days at 64 degrees and if it hasn't started then raise the temperature a bit more.

I would guess the yeast went dormant at 54 degrees and would not start until the temperature got above 60. Even at 64 the fermentation will be slow.

I typically get a fermentation that lasts about 5-10 days when I ferment at 64 degrees.

 
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:56 PM   #5
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Thanks all! 48 hrs later and its rolling along.

 
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