So yesterday I took a day off work to brew (it was like a mini vacation), and everything seemed to go fairly decent for my first time. However, it has been over 24 hrs. and I haven't seen any fermenting activity from my fermenter. Did I do something wrong, or miss a step?
Any help would be great, and if I did do something wrong, is there a way to salvage my beer?
See notes below:
Kolsch Recipe Form 07/22/14
Recipe Volume 5 gal
Yeast Safale US-05 Ale Yeast
Malts 6 lb of Pilsen Malt Extract
1 lb of Pilsen Light Dried Malt Extract
Calculated OG 1.048
Hops Amount (oz) Time % Alpha Acid
German Traditional Pellets 1oz 60 min 6.7
German Hersbruckner Pellets 1oz 30 min 2.8
1.) Cleaned all utensils w/ B-Brite (have to use laundry tub in basement to fit kettle/buckets) and rinsed
2.) Started boiling gallon of water for misc. use in separate 1 gal kettle
3.) Poured 2.5 gallons of natural spring water into 10 gal. Kettle and started boiling process
4.) Sanitized spoon, air lock, fermenter (and lid), thermometer, strainer, scissors, and Pyrex measuring cup
5.) Once water was boiling I took kettle off stove and stirred in the 1lb of Pilsen Light Dried Malt Extract
6.) Brought the wort to a boil and added 1oz German Traditional Hops and set boiling timer for 60min
7.) Rehydrated the yeast w/ one cup of warm water and stirred.
8.) I stir the wort every 2-3 minutes.
9.) Once the timer reached 30min until end of boil I added 1 oz of German Hersbruckner Hops
10.) Once the timer reached 15min until end of boil I removed the kettle from the burner and added 6lb of Pilsen Malt Extract
11.) Returned the kettle to the burner and brought back to a boil with about 5 min until end of boil.
12.) Kept kettle on for an extra 5 min as the boil was paused adding the Pilsen Malt Extract
13.) Cooled the wort to 76 degrees in ice water bath in 50 min before transferring to fermenter through a SS strainer.
14.) Aerated the wort by pouring between the kettle and fermenter once.
15.) Pitched the yeast, shook the fermenter, and sealed the airlock (filled w/ Starsan solution)
16.) Stored fermenter in dark closet at 72-74 degrees
At 12 hours no activity or bubbling out the airlock
At 24 hours still no activity