I did a Celebration Ale clone this past Saturday night and used a Wyeast Ale (1056) smack pack. I activated the yeast ~4 hours prior to pitching and it inflated like normal. But I haven't seen any activity in my primary (I'm using the plastic bucket ale pail as my primary). The wort was about 72 degrees when I pitched.
I opened up the lid yesterday and there seems to be some krausen - at the very least it's foamy. But it turned foamy when I poured my wort in on Saturday. I'm wondering if the foam is actually krausen, or it's the foam I generated when I poured my wort into the fermenter? I didn't see much trub on the sides of the bucket though, like I normally do.
I'm just curious as to why I haven't seen any activity on the air lock? I emailed Northern Brewer (where I bought the ingredients) and they guy told me that it's possible that I didn't have the lid sealed, but I'm positive I sealed that thing.
Anyhow, I guess this is a good lesson to always use a glass carboy if you got one around. I'll have to buy another one.
Should I be concerned or just rack to the secondary as I had originally planned? I'm heading out to Europe in two days and wanted to get it in the secondary before that! Would pitching another smack pack save it?
Thanks for any info!