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Old 03-19-2013, 10:42 PM   #31
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Got it.

Krausencollar in, yeast sprinkled on top, now... IŽll wait

Thanks for the help you guys. iŽll let you know how it turns out


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Old 03-19-2013, 11:08 PM   #32
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Got it.

Krausencollar in, yeast sprinkled on top, now... IŽll wait

Thanks for the help you guys. iŽll let you know how it turns out
Umm YES you better!!! lol


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Old 03-20-2013, 12:36 AM   #33
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i mean its not in the other sets. what do they do?
Mostly, they simply have a larger bucket, with at least 15% more space to provide head space for the krausen. In the US, the typical 5 gallon (19.6L) fermenter actually is closer to 6.5 gallons (25.5L) in actual volume, or more.

Another alternative, more typically used with carboys, is a blow-off tube, which is where you have a plastic tube fitted to the mouth of the carboy, and the other end of the tube in jar or smaller bucket holding water (or a water/sanitizer solution) to let the gas escape as bubbles. That allows the gas and krausen to be forced out of the fermenter without risking contamination or oxidation, and without significant mess. See here for a typical blow-off setup.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:50 AM   #34
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Went down to check my brew.

All the bubbles were gone and it looks like the yeast is at the bottom of the fermenter.

Am I ok? Is this normal?

And I know... Patience! But still
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:58 AM   #35
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You will see a trub layer form first,then the lighter colored yeast wil begin to settle on top of that. tipically when initial fermentation is finishing up.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:46 AM   #36
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WOW!!!!

The foam/yeast has risen 4-5 inches (10-12 cm) over night. I didn't even get half that activity last time!

The temp. is fairly stable at 18-20C. And this time not as much "mush" at the bottom of the fermenter.

Hi hi! Very exciting! (For me at least )
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:26 PM   #37
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WOW!!!!

The foam/yeast has risen 4-5 inches (10-12 cm) over night. I didn't even get half that activity last time!

The temp. is fairly stable at 18-20C. And this time not as much "mush" at the bottom of the fermenter.

Hi hi! Very exciting! (For me at least )
It's always very exciting I've brewed over 200 batches and every time I get yeast activity I get all giddy. As much fun as it is to watch, cover it up with a towel or blanket so your light doesn't degrade your hops. Your beer doesn't like to be naked.
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It's made to be removed after krausen receeds not to get the krausen out of the way. But rather to reduce the head space after initial fermentation makes the krausen receed & it finishes fermenting. So co2 is still being produced,but at a reduced rate.
Now 5 days into fermentation, (had some pretty heavy activity) and all the foam has settled. It would now be the time to remove the krausen collar. But do i really have to. Would it be ok to leave in and not have to Open the bucket?
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:03 AM   #39
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Yeah you'll be fine to leave it be. I started with the same kit you have, and I'm currently using it to ferment a honey ale. Once the krausen subsides, all the dried up gunk is higher than the top of the liquid anyway.

Most fermenters don't have a krausen collar at all. It's really just for headpsace IMO.
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I agree with TastyWheat. Unless you have space concerns and want to store the beer in a smaller area, I would leave it as it is.


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