Fermentation Fail

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Definite novice in my second brew. Did a full bodied red from concentrate - no problem, bottling tonight. Second kit is a cabernet Shiraz. Started off a week ago and still no action. Tried agitating but only goes for about an hour. All temperatures are between 20 and 22 with a heat pad when needed. Anyone got any ideas?
 

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Have you checked your rubbish for an unopened packet labelled "Yeast"?
 

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Thank you for the yeast tip. No not checked gravity, I'll do that. Thanks
 

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How are you gauging that nothing has happened are you using a DJ or FV?
 

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FV (I think!) With an airlock
I was hoping that was going to be the answer, most FV's are not airtight, if you have a decent one where you have to fight to get the lid off (i have a Richie's one like this) you may be lucky and can rely on airlock activity but as i said most are not airtight so airlock bubbles cannot be relied on and a hydrometer is then essential.
 

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Looks like you're right. It's reading 990! But it's only been going a week! Kit states 15-20 days. Is it best to leave it a while?
 

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If its at .990 its finished most kits suggest .995 and below so it will be quite dry.
 

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Thanks for the advice all. I'll get the stabiliser in and let you know what the result is in a few days! Can't believe it finished in a week.
 

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