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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: No fermentation?
« on: May 04, 2011, 08:34:04 AM »
Thanks, all, for the input.  Looks like you are all correct.  I gently pushed on the lid last night, and, sure enough, built up gas was forced to escape.  Then, this morning, bubbles in the air lock!  So I feel better.  However, I have certainly learned a few things: 1) don't depend on bubbles in the air lock for certainty, 2) as a habit, always pitch the yeast at cooler temps, and 3) inquire at the supply store about starters...  Thanks again for the quick replies.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / No fermentation?
« on: May 03, 2011, 06:31:00 PM »
I brewed an amber ale (Fat Tire tribute) on Friday night.  Because my yeast was a bit older (4 months old), I gave it 2.5 days to activate before pitching.  Per the recipe instructions, I waited until the wort was at 80 degrees, then I added the yeast.  I became concerned when, by Sunday, there were still no bubbles in the air lock.  So, I went to my local supply store and inquired.  They said that the particular yeast does better around 70 degrees or less.  So I bought some new yeast, activated it, and pitched it that night.  It is now Tuesday and still no bubbles in the air lock.  I have accepted the fact that this batch is a bust.  However, I'd love to understand what I may have done wrong before brewing another batch.  Any ideas?

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