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Old 01-02-2013, 03:23 PM   #1
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Okay, it's been over a week and as far as I can tell my brew is not fermenting at all. I'm not entirely certain what went wrong, but I have a few ideas. My biggest question right now is what do I do with it? Is it garbage? Or is it salvageable?

I didn't invest too much time or money into this brew, so I'm not too worried about it, I just consider it a learning experience for a beginner brewer.

 
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:28 PM   #2
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Okay, it's been over a week and as far as I can tell my brew is not fermenting at all. I'm not entirely certain what went wrong, but I have a few ideas. My biggest question right now is what do I do with it? Is it garbage? Or is it salvageable?

I didn't invest too much time or money into this brew, so I'm not too worried about it, I just consider it a learning experience for a beginner brewer.
Did you check your gravity?
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:37 PM   #3
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How do you know it hasn't fermented? Have you taken a hydrometer reading? That's the ONLY WAY TO KNOW if you have fermentation or not. Nothing else is an accurate indicator of fermentation...
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:38 PM   #4
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It would help if you could describe your brewing recipe, process, temperatures, and any gravity readings you've taken.

 
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:42 PM   #5
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don't throw it out! check the specific gravity. If it hasn't fermented, you can always pitch more yeast.

 
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:43 PM   #6
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Pop the top, drop the hydro in there, and give it a spin......
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:47 PM   #7
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Check for odd smells though, leaving wort unfermented can lead to funky bacterial infections that will ruin your beer

 
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Check for odd smells though, leaving wort unfermented can lead to funky bacterial infections that will ruin your beer
But more than likely, the op, like many new brewers, thinks his beer isn't fermenting because he did not see an airlock bubble, and he equates airlocks with being fermentation gauges, rather than what they are, simply vents. When he takes his gravity reading, he's going to find just like 99.99999% of all brewers, that, modern yeast just doesn't NOT work these days, like 30-40 year old books would lead folks to think, and that fermentation did indeed happen.
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But more than likely, the op, like many new brewers, thinks his beer isn't fermenting because he did see an airlock bubble, and he equates airlocks with being fermentation gauges, rather than what they are, simply vents. When he takes his gravity reading, he's going to find just like 99.99999% of all brewers, that, modern yeast just doesn't NOT work these days, like 30-40 year old books would lead folks to think, and that fermentation did indeed happen.
I had a beer not ferment for a week once, it was genuinely my fault of course but it can happen... It's the only batch I have ever had that happen to, but its certainly not impossible... And I ended up having to toss due to an infection that made it sour and made me nearly vomit when I tasted it... BAD MISTAKE

 
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:37 PM   #10
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OP what's the specific gravity? And the OG?

 
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