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Old 02-21-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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I'm not seeing any bubbles, but each side of the S with water in them have gone up or down so it seems like pressure has changed at least. Is that normal?


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Old 02-21-2013, 09:18 PM   #2
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If your fermenting in a bucket, you may not have a good seal. This is really no big deal. How long has the beer been in the fermenter?


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Old 02-21-2013, 09:27 PM   #3
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Without fermentation and a good seal your airlock could do almost anything. A drastic weather change could make it bubble on the fermenter side with air being sucked in. If you have vodka or sanitizing solution in it this would not be a concern.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:19 PM   #4
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It's been maybe four days at this point. Didn't use sanitized water (though it had just been boiled quite a bit immediately before so should have been sanitary prior to going in the sanitized lock). Definitely had pressure changes in the atmosphere as we are experiencing a blizzard so that could account for the water moving up and down. I will hope for the best. If not, I already have my next brew lined up.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:36 AM   #5
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Is this in a bucket or carboy? How long since you pitched the yeast? Has the airlock ever bubbled?
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:11 PM   #6
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Bucket. I haven't seen it since we finished the boil, chilled, and pitched. I guess that was Saturday so almost a week. It's at a buddy's house (my roommates aren't fond of the smell post-boil so tend to do it over there) and he's yet to see bubbles. Just the water levels going up and down. Temperature is right. We had always used a three piece before and always saw bubbles. This is our first time with a one piece.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:12 PM   #7
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Would it hurt to crack it open and check for krausen?
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I'd go ahead and crack the lid and take a look. Sometimes those buckets may not seal quite right allowing the CO2 to escape without affecting the airlock much. If it's fermenting this won't be a problem at all since the CO2 will be pushing anything bad out with it.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:40 PM   #9
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To quote my friend "it smells like beer not wort"

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looks like it's done with most of the primary fermentation. That ring around the bucket is a solid sign of krausen. Stuff on top is just yeast rafts/some trub. I'll seal it back up, pour some vodka or the like in the airlock and leave it alone for 2-3 weeks. Check gravity around then, if it's stable over 3 days bottle it up.


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