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Logman

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I put a Stout in nearly 48 hours ago and nothings doing so far. It was a re-hydrated pack of Notto. I've got a bulk pack of Notto and use it all the time so the yeast is fine. Yesterday I scooped a bit of 1469 off the top of a Landlord that's fermenting ATM but that did nothing either.

What to do - was thinking of boiling it again for 1/2 hour, is that a good idea?
 

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I gave it a shake 6 hours ago and looks like there is some action - hopefully not a lemon stout...
 

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petesbrew said:
Just wait.
:D

Only reason I panicked was that I normally start a brew in the afternoon and it's got a krausen in the morning with Notto.

I thought of the possible cause, the shelf is wooden ply and I noted in another post someone said the lower section is warmer when using a wooden shelf. Normally I have the temp probe on the top fermenter but there was already a brew on the bottom shelf when I added this batch, but I didn't switch the probe, just wondering if the temp is 2 or 3 degrees lower below and that was the cause - would have made it 15 or so on top. Will have to thermometer test...
 

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Notto goes well down to 12 to 14 degrees but obviously not as rampant as at 18 or above. Maybe it's just a bit colder than normal. Your use of the two cultures should be ok, the 1469 should give some esters and the Notto will finish the job.
 

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You don't say what temp your probe on the bottom fermenter is currently set to or how long your bottom fermenter has been fermenting?
If this was my 2 x fermenter fridge I would move the temp probe from bottom to top as soon as bottom looked anywhere near like reaching krausen. Notto temps are very flexible as Bribie says so I can see no reason why you couldn't shift the probe to the top fermenter ASAP.
I've just tossed the wooden shelf in my other (Old bar :lol: ) fermentation fridge. Replaced it with plain-side-up aluminium checker plate for the convenience of attracting mould & damp later rather than sooner. Interesting to hear your comments on wooden shelves Logman. :beer:
 

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You don't say what temp your probe on the bottom fermenter is currently set to or how long your bottom fermenter has been fermenting?
That was on 18 for a few days before this went in. But I forgot to move it :huh:

I can't remember the thread where they were talking about the wooden shelves but it make sense I guess - it takes up most of the room and is solid ply so it would block the air flow - the cooling panel is totally above the shelf and the shelf slides into a molded support so there is zero airflow on the sides. I think that guy replaced it with security screen - I guess a PC fan is an option...

The main reason for my panic was that it's my best brew!! Toasted the oatmeal and the nibs - it's got a Lindt 85% in it too - total despair if it doesn't make it.

:icon_cheers:
 

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With regards to your wooden shelf Loggy --- I would attack it with a router or failing that, drill parallel holes then hacksaw out slots.
Good luck with the Stoutie.

PS --- Estapol it by 3 (The wooden shelf not the stout) :)
 

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