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Title: 48hrs no fermentation.....Advice?
Post by: mswilliams1975 on January 21, 2013, 04:31:23 PM
OK so I brewed the kit from NB for the Iresh Red Ale and pitched the Danstar Nottingham Ale Yeast at 70deg F. I have had the ferm vessel at 60 since and I have no fermentaion signs. I have not checked gravity but I have not signs in the airlock and no head what soever on the top of the wort. It looks the same as it did when i poured it in the carboy.
I am going to check gravity this evening to verify. If in fact it has not begun to ferment can I pitch more yeast or anythig else to still fement this batch?
Title: Re: 48hrs no fermentation.....Advice?
Post by: dmtaylor on January 21, 2013, 04:46:55 PM
Get a second pack of dry yeast and throw it in there IMMEDIATELY.  Nottingham ale yeast has quality issues and isn't alive on occasion.  It is for this reason that I don't use Nottingham anymore.  US-05 works great in a pinch like this.  Or Munton's or S-04 would be a little more English/Irish in character if you've got either of those.
Title: Re: 48hrs no fermentation.....Advice?
Post by: amh0001 on January 21, 2013, 05:06:03 PM
Well another thing is 60 is pretty cold, I would warm it up to around 65 and wait till the 72 hour mark. At that point if nothing or no hydro reading, then re hydrate and repitch.
Title: Re: 48hrs no fermentation.....Advice?
Post by: In The Sand on January 21, 2013, 05:25:38 PM
Did you re-hydrate your yeast before pitching?  If so, did it show signs of life?  What was your OG?

I don't know if I would pitch another pack of yeast.  I have had fermentation stall initially.  What was your pitching temp?  I would follow amh0001's advice and warm up the fermentation chamber a bit.
Title: Re: 48hrs no fermentation.....Advice?
Post by: mswilliams1975 on January 21, 2013, 10:43:17 PM
OK so it must have been a temp thing. The wife just called and it is fermenting away. Thank you for all the input.
Title: Re: 48hrs no fermentation.....Advice?
Post by: topher.bartos on January 23, 2013, 08:54:05 PM
Yeah, I was going to say. I wouldn't be anxious until you don't see any activity after 72hrs.