: I emptied the water out of my bubbler because it was keeping me awake and
: now I'm wondering if that was such a good idea. I've put hot water back
: half hour ago but it hasn't bubbled since. Will this affect anything?
It will take more than 30 minutes for the CO2 pressure in the fermenter to
get high enough to make the water in the air lock bubble. Assuming
fermentation hasn't finished you should see the thing bubbling soon. If
there's no bubbling tomorrow take a hydrometer reading, and then again the
day after. If they're the same readings then fermentation has finished.
I find the bubbling noise keeps me awake too, but have put a small sponge in
the top of the airlock which quietens it a lot. Throwing a towel over the
whole thing works, but not nearly as well as the sponge.
As for causing any harm ... I can only guess. If the water wasn't out for
too long and the room was enclosed then my guess would be that everything's
OK. I'd take the lid off the barrel and have a look inside - if you see any
insects inside I'd bin the lot and start again. If any insect are still
alive leave them to die in the manner we'd all like to go, and then bin the
brew. If you decide to let the fermentation finish and then bottle the
beer, mark all bottles clearly ... just in case something's infected the it
and you need to bin it later .... or give to relatives you don't like!
Out of interest what beer are you brewing?
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