Nightmare Brewnight!

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Nightmare Brewnight!

Postby blinky » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:06

Had a mate over last night, we were brewing an all grain Japur clone...... All went well till the bloody boiler cut out! So empty into a FV clean element and start again (Had 15 mins left in the boil) - gets a boil started again the click! Off it went..... In the end I just chucked the 15 and 5 mins Citra hops in, left for a bit then chilled as normal.

This keeps happening so today I removed the element for a proper clean and bypassed the thermostat, hopefully next time will be ok. Also used live yeast for a change WLP07 Dry English, any idea how long the lag time is? I was expecting to get up today and find it bubbling away?
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Re: Nightmare Brewnight!

Postby HTH1975 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:36

Those Wyeast and White Lab packs always have a decent lag the first time out in my experience. I now make starters 1-2 times over to build up lots of viable yeast. Lag time cuts right down to as little as a few hours this way.
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Re: Nightmare Brewnight!

Postby Maldon John » Sat Aug 19, 2017 13:29

Hi Blinky,
I use WLP007 quite a lot, pitching a 1.5litre starter it's always up and running in 4hrs.
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Re: Nightmare Brewnight!

Postby blinky » Sat Aug 19, 2017 14:07

Well its been 15hrs and no sign of activity
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Re: Nightmare Brewnight!

Postby HTH1975 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 17:13

blinky wrote:Well its been 15hrs and no sign of activity


Take a gravity reading to make sure.
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Re: Nightmare Brewnight!

Postby steveshep8676 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 06:34

What temperature was the yeast and wort? Were they roughly the same? Also did you oxygenate the wort or get some air into it? Lag phase is usually over after 15hrs depending on some of the factors I've mentioned. If it hasn't started after about 18hrs it looks like there's a problem somewhere.
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Re: Nightmare Brewnight!

Postby blinky » Sun Sep 10, 2017 17:17

Just bottled this today - fermentation lag was about 48 hrs! It smells and tastes fantastic!
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Re: Nightmare Brewnight!

Postby HTH1975 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 20:36

Glad to hear it turned out good. You'll probably find that the yeast will perform much better 2-3 brews in.

It's the same when we acid-wash at the brewery - the yeast is a bit sluggish, but the next brew after we've skimmed the FVs it's back to normal.

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