I ordered a book but It is back ordered and won't be here until wednesday. I got a little impetuous and started a batch on January second. I went online and picked out a really easy recipe, then headed over to the brew shop in town and picked that dude's brain a bit. I got all the stuff and went home and started.
I got 3 one gallon carboys with airlocks and lalvin ec-118 yeast.
here is what I did. I heated 1 gallon of water to about 180 degrees. I added 6 lbs of honey and mixed it. I let it cool to a point that I felt was safe to pour into glass carboys(3 of them).
i added 2 cut up apples to 1 and then I filled it half way with the honey and water. I filled another carboy halfway with honey and water (no apples). I had quite a bit of honey and water left (i guess the apples displaced more water than i'd thought) so I filled a 3rd carboy with the rest of the honey and water(about 1/3 or so filled)
I then topped off the carboys the rest of the way with water. I hydrated the yeast with 2 oz of water warmed to about 104. i pitched the yeast when the must dropped to about 94 degrees and the yeast was about 75 (I have since learned that I should have waited til the 2 temps were much closer). i put the airlocks on and stored the 3 one gallon carboys in the bedroom closet. ( still trying to wrap my head around the fact that my wife was ok with this). The bedroom closet is the only place in the house where I have a stable temperature. I have a wood stove and the house itself can range from 65 to 72. I read that primary fermentation should take place between 60 and 70.
here is some info on all 3 gallons. # 1 is the one with less honey(the more diluted one) #2 is the plain and # 3 is the one with apples.
specific gravity( right after pitching yeast)
now for the question(s)
Of course, I have been watching the bubbles in the air locks as if it were a t.v. I noticed that they aren't bubbling very frequently at all(at least I don't think so) I got out the ol stop watch and here are the results.
1= 1'10" apart
2= 49" apart
3= 25" apart
Does anyone have any theories on why they are bubbling at such different rates? is that normal to be so infrequent? Is there anything I should do or was there anything I did that was so detrimental that this is not going to come out right at all? And last, when should I check the specific gravity again? I am planing on racking it once the gravity stabilizes.
some more details I forgot to add. I used the entire pack of yeast that was enough for 5 gals. and the bedroom closet is at 59 degrees.
feel free to chime in and give your thoughts and critique anything I did or didn't do.