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Master B
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Username: Cwixon

Post Number: 25
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 67.149.67.117
Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 03:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I recently brewed a red that in which I split into two carboys, one of which I pitched a vile of yeast and one with a smack pack. Apparently the smack pack was not smacked hard enough so when I attempted to pitch it the sac was still sealed. After cursing a few times I ripped the sac and poured into the carboy. Then I had a moment of silence and prayed to the yeast gods.

Well some days have passed, and the vile of yeast carboy has quite a bit of foam, while the smack pack has very little. I check it daily and for the first few days there was some SERIOUS action going on in both carboys; it rivals anything I've ever seen.

So I'm worried sick about this lack of foam. I'm tempted to pitch some more yeast. What do you all think?

Cheers!
"Sometimes the most intelligent drink beer to deal with the fools that surround him"
Bush!!
 

don price
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Username: Donzoid

Post Number: 838
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 24.94.125.190
Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 03:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Some days? 2? 4? 6?

Just throw some more yeast in if it will help you you relax. You didn't mention beer style but this is a good reason to keep a small selection of dry yeasts handy for just such emergencies.

Don
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 371
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.32.248.92
Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 04:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Using foam as an absolute measure of activity is like using feminine moans as, well, an absolute measure of activity.

Some yeasts are inherently more foamy than others, just as, well, some... well, you get the idea.

Seriously, some yeast are very docile and well-behaved, while others are explosively frothy and gushing, sort of like some... there I go again.

The amount of kraeusen is not a positive indication of the level of yeast activity, just at the level of... OK, I'm quitting now. ;)
 

Master B
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Username: Cwixon

Post Number: 26
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 67.149.67.117
Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 04:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I brewed on Friday, and activity slowed dramatically today. So there was 4 days of intense co2 output. Until today it was a frenzy in there
"Sometimes the most intelligent drink beer to deal with the fools that surround him"
Bush!!
 

Graham Cox
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Username: T2driver

Post Number: 372
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.32.248.92
Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 04:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

... and your point is?

Time is not a measure of yeast activity, just as it is not a measure of... well, we've covered this ground before.

If you're really paranoid, TAKE A READING. Otherwise, relax and let it ride for a few more days. Very few fermentations are done to the bottling point in less than a couple of weeks.

**** you!! (whoops)
 

Beerboy AKA The Jolly Brewer
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Username: Matfink

Post Number: 942
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 217.44.52.121
Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 11:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

sounds like both beers fermented nicely and are ok. take a reading and rack to secondary it the have dropped to about 25% of og, if significntly higher, give them a swirl and leave for a couple of more days and repeat process.
 

robert rulmyr
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Username: Wacobob

Post Number: 719
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 216.188.240.80
Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 12:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for the laugh Graham! A very good one.