Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Fermentation without airlock activity
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-21-2007, 04:47 PM   #1
wreckinball9
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Lakes Region NH
Posts: 276
Default Fermentation without airlock activity

This is my second brew ever- a partial Mash Guinness Clone from LHBS. Pitched the yeast at 76F, OG was 1.044. It is in my brand new primary fermenter with the lid on tighly and water in the airlock and the airlock is fit tightly into the gromet.

After 5 days or so I have not had any action in the airlock. However, the hydrometer now reads 1.020. How is this possible? I know most of you are going to assume i didnt put the lid on tightly etc, but i have taken it off and snapped it back into place multiple times to be sure, and my first batch had a ton of activity in the airlock. so i believe everything should be fitting together properly.

what could be going on here? thanks for any help


__________________
You must love this country more than I love a cold beer on a hot Christmas morning. - Homer S.


And how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?- Homer S.
wreckinball9 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2007, 04:55 PM   #2
Evan!
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Evan!'s Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 11,901
Liked 76 Times on 65 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Either there's a leak somewhere, or it fermented out when you were sleeping and you missed it. But I assure you, fermentation does not take place without CO2 offgassing.


__________________
MOSS HOLLOW BREWING CO.
Aristocratic Ales, Lascivious Lagers


.planned:
•Scottish 80/- •Sweet Stout •Roggenbier
.primary | bright:
98: Moss Hollow Soured '09 72: Oude Kriek 99: B-Weisse 102: Brett'd BDSA 104: Feat of Strength Helles Bock 105: Merkin Brown
.on tap | kegged:
XX: Moss Hollow Springs Sparkling Water 95: Gott Mit Uns German Pils 91b: Brown Willie's Oaked Abbey Ale 103: Merkin Stout
98: Yorkshire Special 100: Maple Porter 89: Cidre Saison 101: Steffiweizen '09 (#3)
Evan! is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2007, 05:00 PM   #3
wreckinball9
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Lakes Region NH
Posts: 276
Default

thanks for your quick response! assuming there is a leak, is that anything to worry about? am i greatly increasing the chance of infection etc?
__________________
You must love this country more than I love a cold beer on a hot Christmas morning. - Homer S.


And how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?- Homer S.
wreckinball9 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2007, 05:07 PM   #4
WortMonger
United States Mashtronaut
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
WortMonger's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Edmond, OK, Oklahoma
Posts: 3,153
Liked 33 Times on 31 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Not unless it is open where stuff can fall into the fermenter. I have seen a 1 day ferment before on 5 gallons and noticed bubbles starting on the top of the beer only to have a krausen ring and nothing happening the next day. Just so happens to be the only beer I had with diacetyl in it. It took me a couple of days to check the gravity thinking it would show more signs, but it went to 8 GU from 48 GU's that fast. I pitched on top of a previous cake and at 75*F so that is what I am chalking it up to. Fastest since then is 3 days with nothing but great results, at proper pitching rates and temperature control.
__________________
"Beer... Nutritious and Delicious!"

"It's like a 15.5 gallon Mr. Beer!"
WortMonger is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2007, 05:34 PM   #5
BangorBrewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 65
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Re: Regarding Leak

Two things:

1) I recently had a the same thing happen to me and my beer turned out fine.

2) If you are using a bucket -- mine was an Ale Pail -- make sure you have a good solid seal. Unfortunately, my ale pail did not come equipped with the rubber gasket that many come with, and I'm almost certain that was the problem. Flip your lid over after you rack and take a look.

MT
BangorBrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2007, 06:24 PM   #6
Loweface
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Limerick, Ireland
Posts: 1,042
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts

Default

That is the Guiness Gods playing tricks on you for trying to clone Guiness!!!

(I'm Irish)
Loweface is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2007, 10:08 PM   #7
burton178
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Virginia Beach
Posts: 91
Likes Given: 2

Default

I'm a new brewer but this has happened to me on my first two brews. The first one had very little airlock activity and the second one has had zero activity.

Both fermented in the same pale and it doesn't have the rubber gasket. I bought another pale to have two fermenters and it does have a gasket, so I'll be trying it next time.

I, like you, hope that it doesn't have any negative effects. It feels like it has a good seal when I snap it down, but there must be a tiny leak somewhere.
__________________
Primary #1: BM's Oktoberfast
Primary #2: None
Kegs: BM's Oktoberfast once done in primary.
burton178 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2007, 10:14 PM   #8
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: UP of Michigan
Posts: 65,418
Liked 6044 Times on 4307 Posts
Likes Given: 1555

Default

I've had it happen, too. don't worry about it at all- I've never had a problem with any of the countless beers and wines I've made. That is just one of the reasons why we always say around here that you can't rely on airlock activity to gauge whether or not fermentation is done. It's just not that reliable.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Follow me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
But I'm pretty boring so don't expect much!
https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
Yooper is online now
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2007, 06:33 PM   #9
wreckinball9
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Lakes Region NH
Posts: 276
Default

The instructions with the gravity info got thrown away, does FG 1.020 sound right?(OG was 1.044)

it has been stuck there for over a week, but it seemed too high to be done...
__________________
You must love this country more than I love a cold beer on a hot Christmas morning. - Homer S.


And how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?- Homer S.
wreckinball9 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2007, 06:43 PM   #10
WortMonger
United States Mashtronaut
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
WortMonger's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Edmond, OK, Oklahoma
Posts: 3,153
Liked 33 Times on 31 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

Humm, I would think it would be lower being an irish ale yeast was probably used on a guiness clone. You only got 43% attenutaion??? Irish ale and most others are going to ferment to 70% ish attenuation. Are you sure you took gravity readings at the right temperature? I think you should have gotten down to at least the 1.012-14 range.


__________________
"Beer... Nutritious and Delicious!"

"It's like a 15.5 gallon Mr. Beer!"
WortMonger is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
OMG! No Airlock Activity! Homercidal Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 23 08-09-2014 12:45 AM
Can you have airlock activity without fermentation? petep1980 Fermentation & Yeast 2 09-08-2009 08:31 PM
low SG, little airlock activity xbabyboy4021x Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 03-11-2009 01:39 AM
NO airlock activity Tag Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 01-21-2008 08:34 PM
Airlock activity w/o fermentation Fenster Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 6 11-06-2007 11:55 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS