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Ok here is the problem, I started this brew on saturday about 5pm. It
seemed to be fermenting weakly on sunday. Then sunday night on to
monday nothing no bubbles. The Hydrometer has gone form OG1.052 to
1.032. The room temp is about 65-68 the fermenter temp (stick-on on the
side) is 70. So here it is Monday night over 48 hours  and considering
2 options.
A:) use the dreaded bread yeast  OR

B:) Wait till Tomorrow and get some new ale yeast.

P.S. My local brew shop wasnt open today thats why I didnt get any
today

Thanks
LB


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I'd go with option B if those were my only two options.  However for option
C;  I would say just wait another week and check the gravity again.

Duke



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Lennybuzz wrote:

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Your right, that is Odd.  Shake it up if you haven't already.  This has been
the #1 benificient action on slow fermentation for me; in addition to
adding air bubbles to hot wort through cooling of wort with high pressure
cold water. hey, that rhymed.  It really dropped that much!? I have to ask,
how much sugar did you use; in all it's form- malt, dextrose, sucrose...
fructose.  You've got stuck fermentation and need to either add yeast
nutrients and give it a good shake or ... well aerate it somehow.  Before
you follow my instructions to the T, though, check BYO for advice on stuck
fermentation; the link is at the bottom.  My huckleberry trappist ale is
slamin to the max, I've racked it a second time and am wondering how long I
should wait.  The hops and berries were a mess but scooped them out and
while I was at it, tasted some; was rich, to say the least, but I couldn't
detect the yeast profile; esters and such.  I'm thinking for a name,
perhaps 'SuperMinniFreshalistic HopEalaQuencious'; except I couldn't really
taste any hops either though I used ~3.5 ounces.  Go figure.  Suggestions
on a name?
Hope this finds you well,
                           -gcitagh

http://www.byo.com/
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Well I didnt use the bread yeast. I aireated and I will see how it
looks in the morning.As for sugars it was one can of John Bull American
and 2lb of Light DME.  I just used one pouch of dry ale yeast, came
with the John Bull kit, but it was within its date. I will get some
more tomorrow and re-hydrate, using wort and water and repitch if it
doesnt just go wild by morning. Thanks for the quick advice. It calmed
my panic

LB


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Well I didnt use the bread yeast. I aireated and I will see how it
looks in the morning.As for sugars it was one can of John Bull American
and 2lb of Light DME.  I just used one pouch of dry ale yeast, came
with the John Bull kit, but it was within its date. I will get some
more tomorrow and re-hydrate, using wort and water and repitch if it
doesnt just go wild by morning. Thanks for the quick advice. It calmed
my panic

LB


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Well I didnt use the bread yeast. I aireated and I will see how it
looks in the morning.As for sugars it was one can of John Bull American
and 2lb of Light DME.  I just used one pouch of dry ale yeast, came
with the John Bull kit, but it was within its date. I will get some
more tomorrow and re-hydrate, using wort and water and repitch if it
doesnt just go wild by morning. Thanks for the quick advice. It calmed
my panic

LB


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how in the world did you get such a high gravity with just one can, 2lbs at
that, come on-fess up.
-gcitagh
--
subjugate the rhyme and rock with the rhythem
only got one line to balk all the schizm

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Thats it this is my first batch without using the evil 2lb sugar. I was
getting higher gravity with that. Also i didnt boil th wort just added
boiling water to the hopped LME + DME cooled with pre-boiled water took
my OG reading and Pitched. thats all folks. My next brew I plan on
following a simple recipie and doing the whole boil and add my own hops
bit.

LB


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On Tue, 15 Nov 2005 01:19:27 -0600, G_Cowboy_is_That_a_Gnu_Hurd?

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er.

he said one can (prolly about 4lbs extract) PLUS 2lb DME

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Well even though there is no violent action going on it did drop a
couple more gravity points. The mix said add 2 lbs of sugar but I was
trying to get rid of that cidery taste. yes it was a 4 lb can.  My wife
went to get me some yeast today and all the local little brewshop had
was lager yeast. I sweare im going to call this one "i cant believe its
beer" beer.I think since its fermenting, droping gravity points, I'm
going to leave it. I dont want to add the lager yeast and make it even
more mutant.

LB


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Lennybuzz wrote:
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For the most part, from what I've read and heard, the "cidery" taste
comes from "stale" malt, not sugar.
If it comes down to it, the lager yeast will work just fine.
If you have ever had an Anchor Steam beer, or "California Common",
that's what you will end up with.
That's basically a lager fermented at ale temps.
Cheers,

--
Michael Herrenbruck
DragonTail Ale
Drunken Bee Mead

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Wait. Til next week if necessary.  Homebrewers best friend is
patience.

Avery
Brew on brother!
SW US desert

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Thats the plan it is frementing slowly now so Im just going to wait it
out. Im done panicing now. I didnt even pitch the lager yeast. Oh well
just have to see how it turns out.

Thanks for all the help,
LB


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Well if anyone is still following I bottled the brew it actually
fremented down to 1.011. I was supprised it got that low. After the
slow frement and finding out it was low fermenting ingredients i was
only expecting a 1.018 or maybe higher. It tasted great at bottling so
i cant wait to crack a bottle open.


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