"Do not use the airlock as THE ONLY fermentation indication tool."
For bucket users, if no airlock activity after 24 hours, you might want to take a peek inside the bucket to visually see what might be going on.
One of my first brews failed to start and I received the same "dismiss airlock activity" advice so I left it alone. Ten days later I took a look, and a hydrometer reading, and no fermentation had happened. I wish I would have looked in the bucket sooner but being a new brewer I didn't know any better.
Agreed. I went off that he said there was krausen.
There's a leak for sure. 21 hours in right now. It's going nuts! I have a blowoff on it. I can see bubbles trying to get out the one side of my bucket. Krausen is going through the tubing and into a gallon bucket i have with water and sanistizer. Even with the blowoff could the leak still cause the lid to blow?
From everything I have read, I understand well that no airlock activity doesn't always mean no fermentation is happening. My question is, what (assuming fermentation has started) could cause a lack of airlock activity? From my understanding, it would only be poor sealing of the fermenter. Is there any other possibility?