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Yesterday I brewed or tried to brew a Kolsch beer. But somethng went
wrong and I tried to correct it. But 24 hour later I still have no
activity in my beer. The yeast os doing nothing. Here is what happened:

I wanted to brew 20 liters in total so I heated up 12 liters of water to
50 degrees Celsius ( sorry US friends, but I dont know farenheit).
Meanwhile I milled 3200 gr pils milled grain and 800 gr wheat milled
grain with my new mill and I slung it all by hand. I tested the water
and the PH was rather high, so I used a substance from my brewing store
to bring it down to 5.1ph. I added the milled grains. I was supposed to
heat it up to 65 degrees C for 60 minutes, but half way through my new
burner was a bit over zealous and my thermometer told me I had
accidentally taken it to 78 degrees celsius. Realizing I had killed many
enzymes I had to stop and recalculate. I added 5 liters of water and 600
gr pils milled grain and 400 gr wheat milled grain. Now I put the heat
back on under the mash and heated it up to 65 degrees celsius and
watched it better this time and kept it at that temp for 60 minutes.
Then heated it up to 70 degrees for 15 minutes and then 78 degrees for 5
minutes. I then filtered the wort into another pan and during
filtration, I washed the mash out by adding water up to 35 liters. I
brought all of this to a boil and added 50 gr Saaz hop korrels and
stirred all the time. Then added 6 gr Irish Moss. I boiled for 80
minutes. Afterwards I used a sterile cooler and filtered into my
yeasting can with lid and water stop. The gravity was way too high for
Kolsch. It was 1073. So after some calculation which a mathemetician
friend did for me I added more water to the wort ( 12 and 1/2 liters)
and measured gravity again. It was now 1050. The wort was cooled down to
about 25 degrees celsius so I added my yeast starter ( Nottingham dry
yeast korrels mixed with pre boiled water cooled down to 20 degrees C).

Everything was done super sterile. I was meticulous about that. But
after 24 hours, my beer is lying still. The yeast is doing nothing. No
bubbles, no foaming, nothing. I have it in my living room and the
temperature is at least 22 degrees celsius.
I am worried now that I did a days work for nothing. Does anybody have
any ideas as what to do next? If the yeast does not start working, is
there enything I can do? Can I add more yeast starter? Or maybe use a
smack pack and save it after all.

I hope some helpfull soul will have taken the time to read all this abd
maybe help out.

Regards,

JL

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I forgot to mention, I ended up with 32 liters in the yeasting can

JL

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I'd give it at least 72 hours before I'd start worrying. I've had many
beers
take up to 3 days to start the ferment. Relax and don't worry
yet.


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I also use Notingham Dry Yeast in many of my ales.  Not sure if yours is
exactly the same as what I am using but mine has to be reactivated in
warm water
(30-35 celsius) for about 15 minutes.  Not real sure if that
would make a
difference but it was just a thought that poped in my head
(yeah it happens
sometimes).


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dlihcsnatas wrote:
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Thanks to you all who answered. I did wait another 24 hours and indeed
it has started to work like wildfire. Its bubbling away nicely now. One
more question. Before bottling after the yeast has done its work I have
been recommended to put a little candy sugar in a large barrel ( t grams
per liter) and then bottle it. Would anyone recommend the other method
of a spoonful of sugar in each bottle for a bottle conditioning on top
of that?

JL

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Jaques Loofjes wrote:

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When you go to bottle it, use 3/4 cup of corn sugar boiled in 1 cup of
water for 5 minutes.  Let it cool, add it to your bottling bucket, and
rack your beer onto it.  Bottle, cap, and let it sit about 2 weeks and
it should be ready to drink.
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Yes thanks I was planning to do something similar. I am glad it will be
ready in a couple of weeks. Kolsch can be drank quite young I gather.

My next batch is a La Chouffe clone which I ordered from the brewer
itself complete with recipe.

JL

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DragonTail wrote:
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I just wanted the group to know, my Kolsch is now bottled and sitting in
my livingroom for the bottle conditioning at a warm temperature. This
weekend it goes out to the basement of my shed and hopefully I can
report another week after that how it tastes. It yeasted out very nicely
in my large yeasting bottles ( balloon shape).

JL

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Relax and have a homebrew dude. It can be saved and you can add more
yeast to it. Sorry I can't tell you more, but thats based partly due to
the metric non conversion.


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Yea you can save it by adding more yeast, but you could also wait
another day. I recommend using wyeast activator packs.

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