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Old 11-25-2008, 10:03 PM   #1
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Greetings. I just brewed my first brew last Sunday (pale ale) and now it is bubbling away in the fermenter. My problem is when I go and check on it, it has some sort of tractor beam and I just sit there and stare at the car boy and watch the little bubbles in the air lock. Is is a common problem?

All jokes aside, I am really enjoying this new hobby and can't wait to taste my first batch and brew my next, which i think will be a Porter. This is a great forum, thanks for the great info and tips.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:04 PM   #2
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Welcome.
Beer Does that....especially if you find yourself hyperventilating at the air lock. When you pass out, you usually wake up with it staring at you!

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Old 11-25-2008, 10:44 PM   #3
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Just think of it as the beers way of saying "LEAVE ME ALONE, I'M WORKING ON IT."
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:45 PM   #4
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i think i'll go stare at my banana bread ale, give it a big hug and shake it a bit before i head to work.
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:13 AM   #5
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I am thinking of setting up a beer cam online so I can watch it at work









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Old 11-26-2008, 12:17 AM   #6
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we've thought about doing that with my fermentation cabinet at my friends house. we WILL do this eventually...i will be able to check on the ambient temperature and the temperature of each of the carboys (i can fit six 6.5 gal).

eventually, a light and camera would be cool, too.
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:19 AM   #7
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I just sit there and stare at the car boy and watch the little bubbles in the air lock. Is is a common problem?
I still do it and I keep between 5 and 7 fermenters going at all times.

I foresee problems in your very near future though. This is serious.

When this stuff goes into bottles you are going to go crazy because there will be three weeks before you can do anything with it. Here is the solution. Invest in another carboy and brew that Porter now. This way you can leap frog batches and always have one bubbling away - and something to watch.
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:21 AM   #8
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I have my electrical/software engineering son working on a monitoring system for me. I want it to be part of my wireless network so even when I'm sitting here doing this on the laptop I could check all the fermenters, fridge temp and co2 pressure. He's not a brewer though so I don't think he understands either the importance or the urgency! LOL
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:23 AM   #9
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Welcome to HBT!
I really hate it that it's eyes follow me around the room. Creepy!

This may be the only place where staring at a carboy or sniffing an airlock is a perfectly acceptable activity.
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Old 11-26-2008, 12:36 AM   #10
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Welcome thunk!
Congrats on starting this amazing, obsessive hobby.

When my first batch started bubbling furiously I'm pretty sure I spent 30 minutes just watching it go. I even sent a video message to my friend who was completely dumbfounded.
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