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Old 01-18-2013, 01:42 PM   #1
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Default 2nd batch airlock not bubbling

My husband is a guinness man and we thought we would try a stout brew. Our first brew of american ale turned out very strong! Has good carbonation but hardly no head. So my questions are why is my airlock not bubbling on my stout and why did my ale not have a head. Thanks


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Old 01-18-2013, 01:47 PM   #2
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Um, did you pitch yeast? Just kidding,.......airlock activity doesn't always have to happen. I'm sure it will be fine. How long has it been since you pitched?


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Old 01-18-2013, 01:48 PM   #3
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Head could rely on a number of things. Pour, ingredients, carbonation levels, temp...What was the recipe and bottling process?
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:49 PM   #4
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^What he said.

Airlock activity or non-activity means nothing for the most part. ~50% of my batches don't have any airlock activity but they all attenuate out fine.

As far as the no head question, could be a number of things but what was your recipe?
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Need more details. A timeline would be most useful.
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These are two different question and neither has enough information for us to help. With the latest we need to know yeast strain, aeration, temperature at pitching, temperature at which the fermenter is stored, etc.

With the headless beer, was it all grain or extract? If all grain we need to see your recipe. Also, are you saying that with a pour there was no head evident at all, or that it had a small head that dissipated quickly? All of these are parts of an assortment of problems that could cause this.
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These are two different question and neither has enough information for us to help. With the latest we need to know yeast strain, aeration, temperature at pitching, temperature at which the fermenter is stored, etc.

With the headless beer, was it all grain or eixtract? If all grain we need to see your recipe. Also, are you saying that with a pour there was no head evident at all, or that it had a small head that dissipated quickly? All of these are parts of an assortment of problems that could cause this.
Made this stout about 12 hours ago.
On the stout the yeast was nottingham, the temp at pitch was about 78degrees, the temp the fermenter is at is 78. it was an all grain kit . It Has been a bit more difficult than the first american ale kit.
On the headless beer which is the ameican ale, has no head retention at all. It is fizzy but no head

Reason: wrote down wrong yeast
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It may take a day or two to see activity in the airlock if at all. Be patient.

Addendum: I have very rarely ever seen activity in an airlock or blowoff in 12 hours or less. Maybe two or three times out of 50 some batches.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:39 PM   #9
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How clean are your glasses? Soap residue murders head retention.
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And that 78F ferment temp is 10 degrees too high. But at higher temps,it should've been starting at 12 hours,ime.


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