First time brewer here, so please forgive my ignorance (I’m learning).
I started my first batch of Caribou Slobber on Tuesday the 7th and everything appears to be going smoothly. My airlock was bubbling yesterday and last night (a constant bubble every 1-2 seconds). It could be heard from around the house and I was super stoked… it smelled great, too.
I checked back periodically to make sure I didn’t have any spill-overs and that the airlock was clear. I was also concerned because the house has been dry due to running the heat quite a bit as a result of this frigid midwest weather. In fact, I kept shocking myself, girlfriend, and dog on accident. I was fearful the airlock would dry up…
Around midnight lastnight (24 hours into fermentation) I noticed the water was really low in the airlock. Fearful of it drying up overnight I created a mild mixture of SanStar solution and water and squirted it down the airlock with a sanitized pipette. I added just enough to almost meet the line on the line on the airlock. Also, I turned up my April Air humidifier a little.
This morning I woke up and the activity (bubbling) has drastically decreased. While I’m getting bubbles, it has slowed down to a bubble every 10 seconds. It is my understanding this process should continue for 1-2 weeks. Though, at this rate, I’m a little scared.
Is this normal to have lively bubbling from the airlock and a matter of 8 hours later it has slowed down so drastically?
Did I kill fermentation by adding the solution to the airlock (nothing backed up into the airlock and went back into the fermenter to my knowledge).
Is that a no-no?
If this isn’t normal, is there any way of rectifying the fermentation (agitation, reyeasting)?