I have brewed about a dozen batches with Mr. Beer (all very successful) and am finally moving to the 5 gallon batches.
I picked up the bucket kit NB had on sale and started the Amber Ale on Friday.
It has been three days I have yet seen any bubbles in the air lock. This is the first time I have used an air lock so my expectations may not correct but I expected to see something.
As in my other batches I was very diligent with cleaning and sanitizing everything. The lid was hard to get on bucket but I think it is on tight.
I cooled the wert down to 100 degrees before adding it to the bucket with refrigerated water. I did not take the temperature before pitching the yeast but side of the bucket was not hot.
It is sitting in the basement in the dark at 68 to 70 degrees.
It is hard to see inside the bucket but using a flashlight on the side I see “crud” on the side walls of the bucket above the liquid line so I think it is fermenting but nothing from the air lock.
I have a hydrometer and will take a reading before bottling to make sure, planning on waiting three weeks for that.
Hate to open it up now to check but I curious if this is normal or not.
Now I wish I got the Big Mouth Bubbler kit so I could better see what is going on.
Thanks for any feedback.