Fermentation hasn't started

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Fermentation hasn't started

Postby LimeyBastard » Tue Aug 03, 2004 12:32 pm

It seems that, after 16 hours the yeast hasn't really started doing it's job. Normally, I'd give it twenty-four hours before worrying, but, upon inspection, the wort seems almost lifeless. It smells good but has very little foam on top and is refusing to bubble through the air lock. I pitched at 78 degrees and cannot see how the wort could have been contaminated. The current temp. is 72 degrees. Does anybody have any suggestions?
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Postby JSGilbert » Tue Aug 03, 2004 12:41 pm

What kind of yeast are you using? variety and form (dry, liq.)

If dry, did you rehydrate?

If liquid, did you use a starter?

What was your OG?
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Postby KBrau » Tue Aug 03, 2004 7:07 pm

The first thing you should do is pour yourself a cold brew and relax. Once that is done I would try to rouse the yeast by shaking up the fermenter. Another idea is to pitch more yeast. You may not have aerated the wort enough or you may have pitched too little yeast. If you used a dry yeast you may not have rehydrated it properly. If nothing works, call in sick from work tomorrow and brew another batch. Good Luck.
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