So, a year ago, I got my first brew kit (a black lager) from my local brew store. I only recently got all the parts together to actually make it, last Monday.
I followed the directions exactly, and I was obsessive over sanitization. But once I was done, 2 days later in the 55-degree garage, no activity. So I moved the fermenter inside and 2 more days in 70-degree, no activity. I took a gravity reading: no change. So I figure bacterial infection or dead yeast.
I went to the local brew supply store and picked up a packet of dry lager yeast (51-75-degree) and instead of making a pitch like I did the first time, I just sprinkled it in and stirred the heck out of it (hoping that might help re-airate it). Within 6 hours, bubbles! 12 hours later, very active bubbles! I moved it back out to the garage where it's continued bubbling actively.
So, my plan was to let it sit in the fermenter for 2 weeks, then rack it to the bottling bucket, add the sugar, bottle, etc. I used a kit with pre-packaged ground (?) grains and everything, so I figure there won't really be much of a trub for it to sit atop.
But now I'm reading in Palmer's HOW TO BREW, about how dead yeast can cause really off flavors. So I wonder, should I go ahead and once the bubbling stops, rack it to the bottling bucket and let it rest in there for a couple weeks? Or, if the prior dead yeast was an issue, the damage is already done?
I appreciate any feedback.