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19 Mar
2010
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Home Brewing, Answers to Why Airlock Stopped Bubbling After a Day

Alright, if you read my recent post you will have seen that the airlock on my fermenter was bubbling great for about a day straight, then seemed to stop completely. After much worrying, and thinking that I lost the batch of beer, here is the answer why!

I have been in contact with brewcraft a little about this. They said its nothing to worry about, the beer will turn out 100% OK!!! As for the airlock not bubbling, these plastic buckets don’t have the best seals on them. At first glance it would seem that the bucket is sealed fine, because when you push down slightly on the lid, of the fermenter, the air pressure in the bucket rises a little causing the water level in the airlock to move a little.

The way I figured out that there was a very slow leak was when I pushed down the lid a little, the water in the air lock moved a bit, and I held the lid down in that positions without moving for about 10 seconds. I noticed that the water level in the airlock started to balance itself out again. If there was a perfectly tight seal and no air leeks, the water level in the airlock should have stayed exactly where it was while pushing down on the lid. It adjusted itself because of the loss of pressure in the fermenter.

I hope this helps with anyone else home brewing. In the end, it doesn’t sound like it is anything to worry about though, and your beer should be just fine!

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17 Mar
2010
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Home Brewing, Airlock Stopped Bubbling After 24 hours

If you read my previous post, you will know that this is my first time brewing beer. I had all the questions answered in my last post and began brewing the beer. The beer that I brewed was a Brewcraft English Mild Draught kit. Everything seemed to go very smoothly, and I felt that everything was very well sanitized. I followed the directions exactly and pitched the yeast when the temperature was at about 72 degrees. Since that night, the beer has been sealed tightly with airlock in place, and has been at a pretty consistent temperature of about 68-72 degrees. right within the realm of where the directions say I need to be.

The airlock started bubbling sometime during that night and seemed to be going well. Video of the airlock below. It bubbled all through the next day and into the night. So it seemed to be going for about a good 24 hours. When i woke up the following morning the bubbling had stopped.

Did something go wrong? It doesn’t appear that there is a leak anywhere in the lid or airlock. When I press down even the slightest on the lid of the fermenter, it shifts the water level in the airlock (indicating the seal is still working correctly, i think). Also, the temperature has been pretty much the same, no drastic changes.

Could something be wrong with the beer? Is the airlock supposed to continue to bubble the whole time it is fermenting? Or does this sound pretty standard?

The instructions say to let it ferment for about 10 days before bottling. I am a little nervous that something is wrong. Being new to this, I am not sure how to proceed. Should I just leave it and check the hydrometer reading after 10 days?

Answers to Why Airlock Stopped Bubbling Here!

If you have any advise, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!!!

Answers to Why Airlock Stopped Bubbling Here!

11 Mar
2010
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Brewcraft Starter Kit Questions, Home Brewing Question, Fermenter Lid Strip Question

Hey everyone, I am about to start a batch of home brew. Hi I recently got a Brewcraft Starter Kit from Costco.com, and just had a couple questions before I got started. On the fermenter lid, do I need to pull the outside stripping off, like it says to on the top of the lid. Or is that supposed to stay on for a better seal?  The lid seems almost too hard to put on right now with the seal still attached, but, I didn’t want to pull it of without knowing for sure and ruin the lid completely.  (The picture is the fermenter lid, and you can see where you would pull the stripping around the outside of it.)

Also, the kit came with your English Mild Draught Ale Recipe Kit. In it there are 2 bags of hops. They Are labeled Hops – 100043, and Specialty Hops – 100040. But in the instructions the hops are refereed to as Bittering Hops and Flavor Hops. Of my 2, which one is which?

Thanks for your help, and if you have any answers for me please post a comment below.  The sooner I know what to do, the sooner I can start brewing!!!

CHEERS!!!