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    Default airlock activity following de-gas

    Briefly, I am at 6 1/2 days since yeast pitch. "Traditional"
    D-47
    Temp maintained at 64F
    OG 1.085
    SG 9am today 1.038

    I have been de-gassing 3 times per day, and the last couple days I've been getting less and less carbon dioxide.
    I was originally using the end of a spoon and stirring vigorously (for too long), but have been using a swirling technique (2.25 gallons of must in 3 gal carboy so it's light enough) for several days now and exhausting much more CO2 using this technique.

    After de-gas it takes a couple hours before airlock activity is regular, and this recovery period extends longer each day with slower activity upon recovery.
    1) Is this normal?

    2) Is the swirling technique as good as vigorous stirring (perhaps too much agitation)

    3) Does my current gravity 1.038 seem on track in the 6th day?

    Thanks, TK
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    I degas 1 gallon carboys by swirling them, that has worked for me many times over. Your ferment seems to be on track.

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    Yes. I believe you are doing fine also. You will continue to see less and less airlock activity as you wind down your ferment. You really should forget about counting bubbles and rely on you hydrometer. That's all that really counts. At this point you could degas once a day and be just fine.
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwr75 View Post
    I degas 1 gallon carboys by swirling them, that has worked for me many times over. Your ferment seems to be on track.
    Thank you, bmwr75
    You meet the nicest people in the mountains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squatchy View Post
    Yes. I believe you are doing fine also. You will continue to see less and less airlock activity as you wind down your ferment. You really should forget about counting bubbles and rely on you hydrometer. That's all that really counts. At this point you could degas once a day and be just fine.
    Appreciate it Squachy
    I have been taking gravity every other day, and planed on taking one daily from now on!
    You meet the nicest people in the mountains.

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    Glad someone else asked this

    Was getting a little concerned about this too.

    I only have 1 gallon demijohns so I just pick them up and shake the hell out of them. Then use a food saver vacuum to really force out any extra CO2 I can. Highly recommend the vacuum! Soon as it starts sucking out the air you can see all the tiny little CO2 bubbles rising from the must.

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    +1 to vacuum degassing.

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