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Old 01-30-2013, 04:10 AM   #1
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Lots of beginners make this mistake so I am definitely not pointing my finger at any one particular person. This is just a tip for beginners.

Only 2 reasons to check your airlock:

1) To make sure it hasn't blown off. In that case blow off tube needed.

2) To make sure it's got the correct amount of liquid in it. In that case, add liquid as needed.

Airlocks will show you visibly when your beer is in it's most active stages. When not in the most active stages, you look, your attention span is no longer than 60 seconds while you are just staring at it. Oh, I see no activity. Look for another 60 seconds. There could be an hour between bubbles!!! And you might blink and miss it!!!

AIRLOCKS DO NOT TELL YOU WHEN FERMENTATION IS COMPLETE!!!

Tell your friends, pass around this info.

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Old 01-30-2013, 02:39 PM   #2
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You neglected the beauty of seeing little bubbles.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:43 PM   #3
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You forgot number 3.

To smell your brew.

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Old 01-30-2013, 02:48 PM   #4
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I use mine to watch the tiny bubbles. The first time I think I even giggled like a little girl.

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Old 01-30-2013, 02:50 PM   #5
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I use mine to watch the tiny bubbles. The first time I think I even giggled like a little girl.
Only the first time?

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Old 01-30-2013, 02:52 PM   #6
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Number 3 is to see how far apart the bubbles are coming. If there more than a minute apart then its time to rack.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:57 PM   #7
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Number 3 is to see how far apart the bubbles are coming. If there more than a minute apart then its time to rack.
The point of this thread is that this notion is incorrect.

If you have a high pressure front come in or your beer is cooling, it could stop offgassing but not be done.

When you first pitch your yeast the airlock bubbles less than once per minute and it is not done.

As soon as it is done actively fermenting it often stops offgassing and is also NOT done.

 
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:58 PM   #8
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You forgot number 3.

To smell your brew.
You can smell with your eyes?

 
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:59 PM   #9
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Number 3 is to see how far apart the bubbles are coming. If there more than a minute apart then its time to rack.
Confirmed by stable hydrometer readings that Final Gravity has been reached.

 
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:00 PM   #10
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Number 3 is to see how far apart the bubbles are coming. If there more than a minute apart then its time to rack.
Ummm. Not for this guy. That's what hydrometers are for.

 
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