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Old 01-25-2013, 08:28 PM   #1
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I've seen a lot of threads like this, but not for four days without airlock activity. It's a continental pilsner lager. 1 pack brewferm lager yeast just rehydrated. Sat at 47-50 for three days and now I have it at 56. I didn't take an OG until the next morning after it all mixed well and got 1.010? I think I still measured top off water or something...


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Old 01-25-2013, 08:39 PM   #2
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Is this in a bucket? What was your starting gravity (or estimate)?


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I believe your temp was too low, the northern brewer site list the range for the yeast at 50-59. Did you move it today? I imagine you were a bit cold before.
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Lagers usually have a bit longer lag, but 4 days is probably enough. Have you checked for other signs of fermentation, like bubbles in the beer, gravity change, krausen, CO2 blanket?

If you are using a bucket, the airlock is NOT a good indicator of fermentation. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that the airlock isn't a great indicator of fermentation in most any case. Air leaks and temerature changes can cause misreadings.
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Lagers usually have a bit longer lag, but 4 days is probably enough. Have you checked for other signs of fermentation, like bubbles in the beer, gravity change, krausen, CO2 blanket?

If you are using a bucket, the airlock is NOT a good indicator of fermentation. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that the airlock isn't a great indicator of fermentation in most any case. Air leaks and temerature changes can cause misreadings.
This... Air leaks in buckets are pretty common.
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Here she is. I'm new to lagers. Is there usually a Kreusen on top?
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Sorry thought this was a IPA!! Here is a lager fermenting. If yours did not look like this something is wrong.

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Here she is. I'm new to lagers. Is there usually a Kreusen on top?
I see a load of yeast in the bottom which would make me thing the fermentation is complete and the "kreusen" has fallen back in.

It looked vary clear also,,, it should have looked cloudy for a while as the CO2 mixed things up...

I would take a gravity reading or taste it to see if it is "sweet"...

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I see a load of yeast in the bottom which would make me thing the fermentation is complete and the "kreusen" has fallen back in.

It looked vary clear also,,, it should have looked cloudy for a while as the CO2 mixed things up...

I would take a gravity reading or taste it to see if it is "sweet"...

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That looks like settled trub on the bottom without any yeast to me. My guess is that it hasn't started yet


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