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Just started this kit. Twelve hours later, no sign of fermentation.
I followed the day 1 instructions exactly.

How long before I see some action? (bubbles in airlock).
 

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Patience
Patience
Patience
It will start just will do on its own time. Depending on the yeast it mya start early or later.
 

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Just started this kit. Twelve hours later, no sign of fermentation.
I followed the day 1 instructions exactly.

How long before I see some action? (bubbles in airlock).
temperature?

cool - may be several days.
warm - a day or two.

btw - bubbles in the airlock mean absolutely nothing. in this case, depends a lot on size of primary and quality of seal as well as other factors.

Steve
 

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If fermenting in a bucket it could be the seal.

If fermenting in a bucket leave the lid adjar. Reason is the yeasties like oxygen the first few day,.
 

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PG, I have never made a kit but have made several batches fron juice that took quite a while to get going, one took 72 hrs!! before I seen any action. Tom said the word patience. It'll go.
 

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Okay - I'll be more patient. 48 hours and still no bubbles.

It is 6 gallons in a 6 gallon plastic fermentor. There is still about two inches of air space. The seal is so tight, I'm not sure how to get it off later. :h If I press on the cover, the water in the airlock will move so I know it is tight.

The temperature is 66 degrees.

My two other 3 gallon experiments (made from scratch - peaches and bananas) are bubbling away. They started within hours of adding the yeast - that's why I was questioning the kit.
 

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66F is a bit cool. Try to get it up to 72-74F.

You'll have to pop the lid and see if it's doing anything. Maybe also check the sg.

Steve
 

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Thats very cold to get a wine started! Like cpfan said get it up to about 75* when pitching yeast and keep it there at least until you have fermentation started. Stick your ear in there and listen for a sizzling noise like a soda in a can as thats always the first sign of fermentation starting!
 

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It started bubbling on day 3. The temperature was still around 66 degrees.
Fermenting pretty well now.
 

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Good!
Now bring the bucket where its a little warmer and watch it take off!.
 

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Excellent!!! Glad to hear it started. Yeah keep it warm. Because a yeast advertises it will ferment at a "low" temperature doesn't mean thats what it takes to get it going. A small seedling can never grow the way an established plant can.
Hope all continues well for ya...
Troy
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Id keep it where it is as i always ferment my fruit wines at cooler temps but warm them up right at the very end to make sure they finish. A cooler fermentation on whites and fruit wines will help keep more fruit flavor!
 
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