first batch- looking for help - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > first batch- looking for help

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-07-2008, 03:14 AM   #1
oms1981
 
oms1981's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Milwaukee WI
Posts: 87
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts



hi everyone, first post here. I made my first batch of beer last night and I think I am having some trouble. It has been about 24 hours and I see no signs of fermentation. No foam at all in the blow off hose, and I put on the fermentation lock, its not bubbling at all. It looks like nothing is happening and I dont know why.

I used a 3.75 lbs can of Thomas Cooper Brewmaster Selection wheat beer extract. I soaked the can in hot water to thin it then mixed it in my pot with 1.5 gal filtered water. As it heated I added 1 pound of Muntons plain light dried malt. I kept these ingredients at a very low boil for 30 min.

I put 2 gal of cold filtered water in my carboy, then poured in the hot mixture, and filled remaining space with a little more filtered water. I capped it and agitated to mix. Initial temp was 109 degrees F. I put the carboy in the bathtub filled with cold water to speed up cooling.

I pitched the yeast at about 76 degrees F. It was White Labs Hefeweizen Ale Yeast WLP300, followed the directions carefully. It seems like nothing is happening. I was neurotic about sanitizing everything, dunno what went wrong. Please help.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2008, 03:20 AM   #2
5 Is Not Enough
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
Erie, PA
Posts: 463
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts


Sometimes after 3 days I start to worry, then the airlock bubbles...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2008, 03:25 AM   #3
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,760
Liked 8027 Times on 5608 Posts


First of all, welcome to HBT! Glad you found us.

The fermentation can take a long time to start up if you used liquid yeast. Here is a little thread about that: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=43635

So, don't worry. It'll start. If in three days, you don't see anything happening, then it'll be ok to worry a little bit. But you will see it start anytime now!
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2008, 03:46 AM   #4
Buzzy
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Belleville Mi
Posts: 60

I had the same problem with my first brew. I didn't have the top on my bucket on tight. I never saw any activity until I looked in there about 3 days later. I made sure the top was on tight and my bubbler became active. Make sure you keep your primary at room temperature if it is an Ale yeast. I'm new at this too but I thought I would tell you what I know. Good luck and enjoy!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2008, 04:51 AM   #5
oms1981
 
oms1981's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Milwaukee WI
Posts: 87
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Thanks a lot for the quick responses everyone. Just been a little anxious since I've never done this before. I'm really glad I found this website

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2008, 06:00 AM   #6
Brett0424
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
dallas, tx
Posts: 265
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Yep 24 hours is no big deal at all. Watch out though, wheat beers can go a little crazy.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2008, 07:32 AM   #7
shafferpilot
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
shafferpilot's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2007
Cincinnati OH
Posts: 1,579
Liked 20 Times on 19 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Brett0424
Yep 24 hours is no big deal at all. Watch out though, wheat beers can go a little crazy.
That's exactly what I was thinking:

"Oh, no; my beer isn't fermenting"

next day:

"Oh, crap my fermenter just blew it's lid off and coated my closet with sticky foam and it's still going!!!"
__________________
A great man knows that he knows NOTHING

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2008, 05:43 PM   #8
oms1981
 
oms1981's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Milwaukee WI
Posts: 87
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


I turned up the heat just a little bit last night before bed. Woke up this morning and I was very pleased to see that I have massive fermentation. I had to laugh a little bit because I had put the fermentation lock on last night to see if it was bubbling at all, and I never put the blow off hose back on. I woke up to find an erruption of kraeusen and had to quickly sanitize my hose and get it in there. But I am very pleased, thanks for all the advice everyone.

One more quick question; the ambient temperature in the place I have my fermenter at is now 70-72 degrees F after turning up the heat last night. Is this an acceptable temperature to keep it at? I am able to control the temp pretty closly.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2008, 07:13 PM   #9
eddie
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Aug 2007
Hermon, Maine
Posts: 1,076
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


I'd turn the heat down to about 65F.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2008, 10:31 PM   #10
Joker
 
Joker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Orygun
Posts: 1,953
Liked 33 Times on 30 Posts


Yet another reason I vote for starters for the first batch. It really cuts down on the lag time to fermentation starts and save the first time brewer a lot of worrying.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Will film from last batch stuck in primary hurt the next batch? impatient Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 24 04-27-2014 11:19 PM
First Batch, First Post (SG and "next batch" questions at the end) schneemann Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 06-01-2008 08:15 PM
Yes! Batch#3 under my belt! First mini-mash! First taste of Batch#2! Rook Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 03-05-2007 02:14 AM
Second AG batch.. HELP! Batch Sparging sigaas All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11 01-13-2007 05:11 AM
First batch ready for bottling, second batch ready for brewing Cornfed Extract Brewing 5 09-28-2006 12:59 PM


Forum Jump