Chris Ball

Error: fermentation start not detected -> 4 days after fermenting started?

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Chris Ball    2

First Brew = Sparkling Ale.  Brew started 19 Dec 2017.  Entered propagation zone.  12 hours later entered Fermentation Zone. 3 1/2 days later = Error: fermentation start not detected.

Everything about this brew appears to have gone really well ... except for the notifications above.

After 6 1/2 days the fermentation activity (bubbling / bubbles) has quietened and almost ceased.  I'm thinking that no bubbles indicates fermentation has finished.  So I'm thinking ... give it 48 hours and keg :-) 

However,  the error messages are a concern, given that I have spent most of the last 2 days searching the "beer-web" for answers to what has caused me to get the error messages - which appear to contradict my observations of a very healthy fermentation.  Does anyone know what has caused the notifications please? Is there a hope that I will still get the End of Fermentation notification?

After all my research - I now have a much greater appreciation of just how much development has gone into the Beer Droid.  It is a really clever piece of gear.  I'm looking forward to many more excellent brews and all the possibilities that are made possible by this machine. (After quite a few fails with the DIY kits in our WA 35 - 40 degree summers).

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BrewArt suggest that print takes 6-14 days so I’d recommend leaving it for at least 14 days if the droid is not detecting the start or end of fermentation, at the very least I’d wait until you can contact BrewArt & they can log in to the droid & see what the issue is. 

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Chris Ball    2

Thanks Dean, I contracted Brewart this morning and they were able to confirm that my yeast had been very sluggish, but was now fermenting - with an expected End of Fermentation tomorrow. "Yay"! Best remote customer support I have ever experienced.

Since I acquired the brewprint as part of a Gumtree purchase ... it appears that the yeast may have been stored in a warm location - not the fridge - and it's viability had suffered as a result.

So one end of the cheese tray in the fridge is now be the official yeast storage area. ☺?

Thank you Dean and Brewart.

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