nervously awaiting my yeast to start activating, my first brew gravity seemed pretty good. Not sure I did the yeast right. Seems to be a few different opinions on best way to do that. I used luke wam water in a sanitized jug covered for around 20-30 mins, didnt really bubble much but seemd to dissolve ok. I poured that into the cooled wort and gently stirred it through. If for some reason the yeast failed. I can do it again yeah?
From what I can tell it could take + 48 hours worst case
luke wam water in a sanitized jug covered for around 20-30 mins - Good move. No bubbling to be expected at this point.
If for some reason the yeast failed. I can do it again yeah? - Yes - fine to pitch some more yeast if you think it's failed. Use the same type, or a different type, rehydrate it in luke warm water as before, or just pitch it in directly.
From what I can tell it could take + 48 hours worst case - Yes. I've NEVER waited that long. The yeast multiplies/reproduces first, eating up dissolved oxygen, before it starts to eat the sugar. Or something like that. It's called the lag phase.
Never saw much activity in the airlock, but had a nice thick krausen on top, so maybe I had a small leak on the seal of my el cheapo entry level fermenter. My gravity reading both on Opening starting gravity were spot on. Also I have had a nice drop in gravity readings each day, on day 4 I seemed to have reached the FG, so I will see over the next few days if that has finished. Due for a drup hop by Saturday or whenever I guess I can prove that fermentation has stopped. Looks like I got lucky, Beer smells and tastes OK so far, Nothing too funky going on, Cross fingers