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Old 01-07-2013, 12:53 AM   #1
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I am working on my first batch ever. Currently I have my 5 gallon batch in my fermenter as of about 5 minutes ago and am wondering how long does it normally take before you see bubbling in your air lock?

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Old 01-07-2013, 01:00 AM   #2
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Depends, 24-72 hours isn't uncommon. If you are using a bucket with a bad seal you might not see airlock activity at all. Airlock activity is not a sign of fermentation. It is just a result of it.

The only way to know you have fermentation is visible signs, Krausen, yeast swirling etc. Or by taking a hydrometer reading. If you pitched healthy yeast at a temperature that won't kill them into a sugar environment you have fermentation. Just be patient.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:02 AM   #3
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My first two started in 4-8 hours but my understanding is a lot of factors determine how long and how much.
Primary: Pale Ale Lite
Bottled: Miller Lite Clone, Guiness Clone
Planned Next: ? Not sure, maybe something in wheat family.
Gone: Dry Irish Stout, Pale Ale

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Old 01-07-2013, 01:09 AM   #4
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I pitched last weekend and never actually saw any air lock activity. This of course caused me to freak out, but all for not. Fermentation happened just fine and sure enough I made beer!

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