Hi all. Last night I did my 2nd batch (3rd try - first failed, 2nd worked), as a new brewer. I pitched yeast at 9:20pm. At 11:50 I had light bubbling - a few bubbles a minute. (this seems a bit quick to be fermenting, doesn’t it?) There was light bubbling when I went to bed about 12:25, about the same. I’d stand and watch and some bubbles would come maybe 2 times a minute. Btw, our OG reading was 1.042 (adjusted) when pitched at about 76 degrees.
I woke up this morning and the bubbling has stopped. The water in the airlock is still sort of pushed to the one side but there are no bubbles in it at all and I sat and watched for 5-10 mins with no action. This was 9:30 (but 10:30 in terms of hours due to day light savings switch).
My question is: what do I do?
I am concerned the fermenting didn’t complete - and that the yeast started but never really ‘took off’. Last time I brewed I had some heavy bubbling and it stopped about noon. (we brewed and got done roughly on the same timeline as this most recent brew).
I am thinking my options are:
- just let it be - it probably worked. If so, when should I do a new hydro reading and what should I expect it to be to convince me it worked?
- pitch more yeast - it couldn’t hurt, could it? And if so, how soon do I need to pitch the yeast before I’ve ‘lost the batch’?
I would really appreciate any input on what you think happened and what I should/shouldn’t do.
I tend to stress because the first time we tried to brew was a failure, before our previous successful try discussed above. So this is our 3rd try.
Thanks so much!