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Why wonít my Sorghum beer start fermenting?


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Naven 1000:89
Made a beer this weekend with sorghum, Rice syrup, And honey. OG 1.070

Added 1 packet of Safale S-02. 24 hours later, nothing. Added another packet yesterday. 24 hours later, nothing. Am I missing something here? And at what point will this wort go bad?
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Naven 1000:89
Sorry - that is Safale S-02
11/21/2012 8:31:06 PM

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JoeMcPhee 8314:502
Did you take a gravity reading?
11/21/2012 8:37:07 PM

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Naven 1000:89
Yes 1.070
11/21/2012 8:53:49 PM

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Naven 1000:89
Which, is relatively high. So, the only thing I can think of is I need more Yeast
11/21/2012 8:54:55 PM

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lithy 2996:156
My guess is sorghum might not have enough nutrients, but I donít really know for sure. Maybe add some yeastex with fresh yeast?
11/22/2012 12:34:47 AM

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BenH 2168:6
Is it possible that you have a leak in the seal of your fermenter and co2 is escaping? Is there any sign of krausen?
11/22/2012 1:06:00 AM

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JoeMcPhee 8314:502
1070 OG but have you taken a reading since pitching?
11/22/2012 4:10:47 AM

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Danko
What type of sorghum did you use? Non-malted contains very little enzyme (especially Beta amylase) and young/fresh malted sorghum contains a lot less (especially the soluble enzyme) than sorghum aged for two or three years.

Hence, the mash may have ended up containing a low level of digestable carbohydrates for the yeast to fermen unless you added enzyme to the mash.

Or maybe you used sorghum syrup, if so then all should be fine in that regard.
11/22/2012 4:26:53 AM

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Naven 1000:89
Thanks for all the answers. Its White Sorghum liquid extract. No leak detected but I will definitely change out the stopper today. Havent done a reading since OG. Will take one today - but no Krausen, NO activity at all. Of course all of the local HBS are closed today too!
11/22/2012 6:48:12 AM

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HornyDevil
Originally posted by Naven
Made a beer this weekend with sorghum, Rice syrup, And honey.


I have found your problem.

Youíre welcome.
11/22/2012 7:52:54 AM

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