I brewed on Sunday 3/4/2018 using a starter kit from Northern Brewer using the Party Block Amber Ale. We finished and put the bucket away around 4-5 pm. Since then there has been no activity in the airlock. I am worried the lid is not secure on the bucket which could explain the absence of bubbling, but today I took a quick peak inside and saw a ring of crud along the inside just above the liquid line. I read in another post that this occurred when the beer was done fermenting, which is worrying since it hasn’t even been a week.
The last temp I took on the wort prior to adding water to get the amount up to 5 gallons was 74F. I sprinkled the yeast on top (there was a lot of bubbles from adding the water, which I figured was a good thing since the yeast needs oxygen) Could it be I cooled it to much when I added the water?
Apart from opening up the bucket, I did close it back up and swirl it around a bit this morning to try and get some of the crud, which I am assuming in the yeast, to get back into the liquid and do it’s thing.
Any input would be appreciated.
P.S. I am already seeing the merits of getting a glass carboy, but want to brew a few more times before investing in one. Also I do not have a hydrometer.