I have successfully brewed a few 1 gallon batches, so I decided to step up my game this weekend and try a 5 gallon batch. I followed the directions to the best of my ability. Only issue I had was cooling the wort to 100 quickly. I added the 2 gallons of cold water to the fermenter before adding the wort, and after adding it I had to add another gallon to make it to 5.
So I brewed on Saturday afternoon and as of this morning I still have no fermentation activity in the fermenter. I can see all the “sludge” on the bottom of the bubbler but there is zero bubbling on the top. Have I completely lost this batch or is there hope?
Any help is appreciated. Thanks!