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Old 03-08-2009, 02:03 PM   #1
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I am a newbie to brewing so i got myself a Coopers Micro Brew Kit. I have followed all the instructions and have been waiting for the bubbles to start in the air lock but no joy as yet! I made it 4 days ago, so i need help as i don,t know where or if i have done something wrong.
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Old 03-08-2009, 02:38 PM   #2
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It could be that there's a leak in the bucket lid that's easier for the gas to get out of than the airlock - this isn't a problem.

Do you have a hydrometer?
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Old 03-08-2009, 02:42 PM   #3
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I have followed all the instructions and have been waiting for the bubbles to start in the air lock but no joy as yet! I made it 4 days ago, so i need help as i don,t know where or if i have done something wrong.
Was there any foam on top of the beer in the FV?
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Old 03-08-2009, 02:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for your replies yes there is foam and i do have a hydrometer which came with the kit
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If it's got foam on it should be fermenting.

Taking a hydrometer reading is the best way to tell.
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Old 03-08-2009, 02:54 PM   #6
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I will take a reading with my hydrometer, what should the reading be to tell if alls well.
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After four days, depending on temperature, I'd probably expect to see it below 1.025, but if you tell us what you've got we'll have a better idea.
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I a reading of 1.010 at a temperature of 26c. Thanks for your help.
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Sounds like it's pretty much finished fermenting to me. If you get the same reading tomorrow then it's good to go. However, I'd leave it for a few more days after that to allow the yeast to clean up after itself. A lot of us leave it for up to 10 days.
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:26 PM   #10
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Yes i will leave it another week as i tastes like water and is more cloudy that the landlords pint down the pub!
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