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Old 05-26-2008, 05:19 PM   #1
Aug 2007
Morrisville, NC
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Hey everyone! I attempted to brew my first Pilsner (extract) on Saturday. For some reason, I haven't seen any evidence of fermentation. It has been almost 48 hrs. My OG was 1.060. I used 7 lbs extra light DME, and 1 lb of Carafoam, and 1 lb of Carahell malt. My yeast was Wyeast 2206. The primary has been in my keezer since saturday at 52 degrees. The recommended fermentation temperature was 48-58 degrees. Any advice would be much appreciated.
Primary - American Brown
Secondary - Empty
Bottled - Empty
Kegged - American IPA, Bohemian Pils
Planning - Imperial Chocolate Almond Stout

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Old 05-26-2008, 05:43 PM   #2
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Jun 2007
La Puente, CA, California
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Lager yeasts take some time to get going when compared to ales. If you pitched enough yeast and if you made a starter and pitched at 70F to 80F then it does not take very long to start (a few hours). If pitched cold it should be going in less than 24 hours. Note that lager yeasts sometimes do not show a krausen like ale yeasts do in the first few hours as their action is going on in the bottom of the fermenter. If using a carboy you can see the action of small bits of yeast moving up and down inside. Relax, it will start soon.

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Old 05-26-2008, 06:07 PM   #3
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WBC said it all. Hopefully, for your sake, you made a starter beforehand.
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.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)

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