Is my yeast unhappy?
April 29, 2005 1:50 PM Subscribe
Is my yeast unhappy? Beginner's homebrewing question inside.
posted by nebulawindphone to Food & Drink (9 answers total)
I'm making dandelion wine. It's been a pretty low-tech project — just a jug, an airlock, a recipe from the web and a packet of dry winemaking yeast.
The airlock is bubbling very slowly right now — only one tiny bubble every few minutes. This is my first homebrewing project, so I have no idea what's normal, but I'd have expected a lot more activity in there. The yeast is still alive, though. If I throw in a pinch of sugar, it foams right up all excitedly. And then after a minute, it slows back down again.
Is this normal? Or should the yeast be more active?
If it isn't normal, is the solution to add more sugar? Or is there something else that could be causing the problem?