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Old 03-15-2008, 10:28 PM   #1
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I have my first brew from a kit sitting in my secondary right now. The airlock stopped bubbling for a good 24 hours. I took a final hydrometer reading and everything looked by the numbers. I replaces the airlock to go sanitize my bottling equipment and prepare the primer. When i returnd the airlock is BUBBLING AGAIN. What do you think is going on. I think I'll hold off on bottling untill tomorrow.

I know it was fully sealed because the inner cup of the lock was floating as if there was pressure present but no bubbles.

Little help please.


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Old 03-15-2008, 10:46 PM   #2
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Did the temperature change at all? That could cause airlock activity. Also, the beer could just be off-gassing. Don't depend on airlock activity as an indicator of active fermentation. You've got a hydrometer, and it sounds like you know how to use it...trust it.


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Old 03-15-2008, 10:46 PM   #3
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I think you stir up some CO2 when you took your reading and now it's releasing from the beer. It happens anytime you "mess" with beer.
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how long has it been in the primary? you should leave it for at least two weeks.
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