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  1. J

    Very weak fermentation

    Thanks for the ideas everyone. I think when I try my next big beer, I'll have most of the kinks worked out, three times a charm. Things I did this time to fix a very weak fermentation on the previous attempt: 1. used a yeast that was one month old rather than five - Imperial A41 Tartan yeast...
  2. J

    Very weak fermentation

    The blow-off setup uses a hose connected to the tube inside a three piece airlock. The airlock tube is fairly small diameter and the end inside the bucket tapers to a point with three vertical slots in it. I think those slots plugged up with junk from the krausen. Next time I think I should...
  3. J

    Very weak fermentation

    Just to wrap up this thread. I ended up brewing another beer (an extract KOA coconut porter kit) using Imperial Yeast A07 Flagship using a starter with stir plate and it worked great! Powerful fermentation. After a week I moved the porter to a secondary and then transferred the beer discussed...
  4. J

    Very weak fermentation

    Ha, I bet you're right 🤣
  5. J

    Very weak fermentation

    To each his own. It sounds like you're quite a serious brewer making many many beers. I'll probably never make more than a couple per year and enjoy seeing visible signs of the process, and my fermenter is in the basement so no UV issues. Cheers.
  6. J

    Very weak fermentation

    I think I'm going to get a clear or at least translucent fermenter. Would be nice to get an idea of what's going on without pulling the cover off. Sounds like a great idea.
  7. J

    Very weak fermentation

    I measured SG today and it was 1.034, yay! So it dropped 4 points in the first three days and almost 50 points in the following two days. And it tasted really good, no off flavors. Maybe this will finish nicely after all. Things I've learned for next time: 1. pay close attention to...
  8. J

    Very weak fermentation

    That's not a bad idea, throw it in a secondary (I've got a plastic carboy) and then brew another batch correctly and compare the two later. Hmmm.
  9. J

    Very weak fermentation

    Yeah, I wasn't being a skinflint. I asked the guys at the brew store for some yeast to go with my kit and they came out with the Wyeast marked 50% off. Me being a newbie, I just thought maybe they over-stocked these and wanted to move them out. If I'd known about expiration dates and that my...
  10. J

    Very weak fermentation

    Thanks for the encouragement. I think I'll count this batch as a learning experience and maybe it will be drinkable after all. Next time should be better.
  11. J

    Very weak fermentation

    Haha, yes. Grandma's hips must be working a bit better now, at least the blow off tube is actively bubbling now haha. Wow that was a glacially slow start.
  12. J

    Very weak fermentation

    Wow, I didn't realize the viability dropped that drastically. Would have needed 91 yeast packages 🤣. The brewing store should have been giving them away rather than a paltry 50% off. Good to know for the future.
  13. J

    Very weak fermentation

    Thanks for the detailed info. I poured the wort into the fermenter which had a couple gallons of cold water in it, then stirred and shook it around for maybe a minute or two. For the starter, I used the recipe of 1/2 cup light DME and a half teaspoon of yeast nutrient into one quart of water...
  14. J

    Very weak fermentation

    Ok, thanks for the responses. It sounds like having the gravity only drop from 1.087 to 1.083 (4% attenuation) 72 hours after pitching is not terribly unusual and I should just be patient and wait another week or so before checking gravity again. Will do and I'll report back at that time.
  15. J

    Very weak fermentation

    Thanks for the ideas, I'll give it more time. I was just a bit worried that the wort might spoil if it sat in there too long without some heavy fermentation taking place. And I think I will use S-04 next time, simpler and cheaper.
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