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Old 04-09-2014, 12:10 PM   #1
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Default SafeAle05 day 5; nothing?

Really? Five days with no activity? On a simple Cream of 3 Crops AG, pitched right at 70, been sitting at 65 in the basement for five days now; nothing...
Any ideas why?

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Old 04-09-2014, 12:21 PM   #2
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Have you checked your gravity again? Are you just looking at your airlock for activity, which is not a way to tell fermentation is occurring.


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Old 04-09-2014, 12:27 PM   #3
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Really? Five days with no activity? On a simple Cream of 3 Crops AG, pitched right at 70, been sitting at 65 in the basement for five days now; nothing...
Any ideas why?

Thanks...
Man that's a generic question...could be a bunch of stuff. Leaky lid or air lock, poorly aerated wort, underpitching, infection, but I'd start with the first on the list here. Check all the lid on your bucket or the stopper on your carboy and then check the air lock for any cracks.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:37 PM   #4
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If your fermenting in a bucket, have you removed the lid and checked for Krausen forming on the surface? Buckets often show no air lock activity due to the lid not forming an air tight seal.

I've never had US-05 dry yeast fail to show heavy krausen within 48 hours.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:44 PM   #5
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When I use 05 I get active fermentation in 6-8 hours with only a distilled water starter for hydration.
I keep 04 and 05 stocked in the fridge.
I agree with the other guys, check for leaks.
How old was the yeast packet?
Did you hydrate or pitch dry?
How much did you pitch to what volume of wort?
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If you're not seeing activity and you know that it is not fermenting (which is not told by the airlock alone) then you have a leak somewhere. I had the same issue. 18 hours, nothing with US-05, that is odd. My airlock was not seated all the way in and there was the slightest leak. I had no activity but I also had zero krausen, which is really the way I knew there was an issue.
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When I use 05 I get active fermentation in 6-8 hours with only a distilled water starter for hydration.[...]
Gotta give credit to the yeast for surviving, because hydrating dry yeast with distilled or RO water is not recommended...

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Gotta give credit to the yeast for surviving, because hydrating dry yeast with distilled or RO water is not recommended...

Cheers!
It's worked every time I've done it.
Additionally, just because something is or isn't recommended, doesn't mean you can't do it or it doesn't work
Besides I got the idea from John Palmer on an episode of Brew Strong. *shrugs*
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:58 AM   #9
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I just cracked the lid on my fermentor; TONS of Krausen! Apparently I was nervous for nothing! Obviously a leaky bucket...
So, like they say, "it's all good"!
Thanks all!
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:06 AM   #10
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I made a similar post a few months ago with the same result (leaky bucket). 05 is my favorite yeast in the world and you had me scared for a second. I didn't think it would let you down...


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