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Old 09-20-2012, 06:20 PM   #781
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A sanitized whisk works really well to froth it up.
I shake like mad for 5 minutes with my carboys. I use a hand blender with whisk attachment for 5 minutes with my buckets. Will eventually get a whip degassing rod which should work on both as I've heard good things about them.

 
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:30 PM   #782
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After re-pitching 2 days ago, I can see a huge layer of krausen on top of the beer now through the airlock hole, so it's finally fermenting. Yay.

 
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:10 AM   #783
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I used to always have this prob, and I had a smack pack laying around made a hodgepodge beer and am worried if I have too much sugar in there because I used chocolate wheat malt and some other malts Ive never used before. And I had a smack pack laying around, its been 26 hours no bubbles yet... and yes I know bubbles dont mean fermenting but I like bubbles and bubbles like me. I am never using liquid yeast again bros, its all about that dry yeast and making a starter for ya boy from here on out. Booya!

 
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:14 AM   #784
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After 4 days, the krausen is gone. Is this normal?

 
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:35 AM   #785
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I used to always have this prob, and I had a smack pack laying around made a hodgepodge beer and am worried if I have too much sugar in there because I used chocolate wheat malt and some other malts Ive never used before. And I had a smack pack laying around, its been 26 hours no bubbles yet... and yes I know bubbles dont mean fermenting but I like bubbles and bubbles like me. I am never using liquid yeast again bros, its all about that dry yeast and making a starter for ya boy from here on out. Booya!
26 hours is nothing. Have you tried a starter with the liquid? Liquid gives you way more options for specific beer styles and dry yeasts don't need starters...but do what you want, that's part of the fun with brewing.

 
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:35 AM   #786
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After 4 days, the krausen is gone. Is this normal?
Can be. Depends on the gravity, yeast type, pitch rate...

 
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:51 PM   #787
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26 hours is nothing. Have you tried a starter with the liquid? Liquid gives you way more options for specific beer styles and dry yeasts don't need starters...but do what you want, that's part of the fun with brewing.
I have not made a starter, I have all the tools to make a stir-plate but have not brought myself to make it because of the cutting and slicing of the electrical cord, I hope to make one soon though. I do hydrate the dry yeast when I use it, I just find that when using the rehydrated dry yeast the fermentation takes off within a few hours, and each time I use the liquid it takes 18 hours at least.

 
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:42 PM   #788
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I have not made a starter, I have all the tools to make a stir-plate but have not brought myself to make it because of the cutting and slicing of the electrical cord, I hope to make one soon though. I do hydrate the dry yeast when I use it, I just find that when using the rehydrated dry yeast the fermentation takes off within a few hours, and each time I use the liquid it takes 18 hours at least.
With a starter or proper pitch rate, liquid normally doesn't take that long for me. There are way more choices in liquid for specific beer styles you can't get with dry. All personal preference and what you want to do with your beer.

 
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:33 PM   #789
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Update: 2 weeks later, my beer has an FG of 1.013. The OG was 1.050. So I guess it's around 4.9%. Not too bad for an IPA. Gonna check again in 3 days and if it's constant, I'll bottle on Wednesday. Thank you Nottingham dry yeast for saving my dead fermentation.

 
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:14 PM   #790
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With a starter or proper pitch rate, liquid normally doesn't take that long for me. There are way more choices in liquid for specific beer styles you can't get with dry. All personal preference and what you want to do with your beer.
Agreed--I pretty much only use White Labs vials (not because they're better per se, I'm just a creature of habit, and I know the strains I like to use), and I always make a starter, and my beers generally always have active signs of fermentation w/in 12-15 hrs. The one exception I find is with bigger gravity beers, they tend to take a little longer to get really booming, perhaps because the starter is a lower OG than the wort?

 
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